Rebels drop fifth-straight in Calgary Saturday

By Sheldon Spackman
November 25, 2017 - 4:26pm

The Red Deer Rebels losing streak now stands at five games after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Hitmen in Calgary Saturday afternoon.

There was only one goal in the first period and it came from the Hitmen’s Jake Kryski, a power play effort at 16:54 and his fifth of the season to put Calgary on the board 1-0. It came shortly after the Rebel’s Sam Pouliot earned a double minor for checking from behind.

In the second period, no one scored but there were plenty of penalties. There were eight to be exact, four for the Rebels and four for the Hitmen but neither team able to capitalize with the man advantage.

The third period saw only a few Hitmen penalties up until the game was winding down. With 1:41 left to play, the Rebels pulled goaltender Ethan Anders in hopes of tying it up and that’s just what happened, as Brandon Hagel scored his seventh of the season with 43 seconds left to make it a 1-1 hockey game and send it to overtime.

The extra time didn’t last long though, as Calgary’s Mark Kastelic scored his fifth of the season just 30 seconds into it, giving the Hitmen a 2-1 overtime victory over Red Deer.

Shots on goal were 25-22 Red Deer, with the Rebels 0 for 5 on the power play, the Hitmen 1 for 4.

Calgary’s win improves their record to 7-14-3-1 with 18 points, while Red Deer drops to 9-15-2-0 with 20 points.

The Rebels next game is Tuesday, November 28 when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings for a 7:00 p.m. face-off at the Enmax Centrium. You can also catch all the action live on 106.7 The Drive, starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.

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