The Red Deer Rebels resumed their seven-game November road trip with a 3-2 loss to the Blazers in Kamloops Friday night. It was their fifth loss in-a-row and game three of their seven-game stretch away from the Enmax Centrium.
The first period saw the hometown Blazers strike first, with an unassisted goal from Jermaine Lowen at 17:59 to put Kamloops up 1-0, Loewen's seventh of the season.
In the second period, Red Deer replied with an unassisted goal of their own from Jared Dmytriw at 3:58 to tie the game at 1-1, Dymtriw’s fifth of the year. Kamloops restored their one goal lead though when Joe Gatenby lit the lamp on the power play at 11:02 to pick up his sixth of the season and make it 2-1 Blazers after forty minutes.
Kamloops would add to their lead in the third period though when Nick Chyzowski scored his fourth of the year at 4:43 to make it 3-1 Blazers. However, with just under four minutes to play, the Rebels pulled goaltender Ethan Anders in a late-game push and did manage to score with 16 seconds left, when Kristian Reichel potted his seventh of the season to make it a 3-2 final in favour of Kamloops.
Shots on net finished 33-32 Red Deer, while the Rebels went 0 for 5 on the power play, Kamloops 1 for 6.
The loss drops the Rebels record to 8-10-1 with 17 points and third place in the WHL’s Central Division. Kamloops improves to 6-12-0 with 10 points and fifth place in the B.C. Division.
Red Deer’s next game and fourth of their seven-game November road trip is Saturday, November 11 in Kelowna against the Rockets. It’s a 7:05 p.m. face-off.
You can catch all the action live on 106.7 The Drive, starting with the pre-game show at 6:35 p.m.
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