After back to back losses on either side of the Christmas break, the Red Deer Rebels lost 4-3 in overtime to the Oil Kings in Edmonton Thursday night. It was the second half of a home and home with Edmonton following the break and extended Red Deer’s losing streak to three games.
The first period saw the hometown Oil Kings strike first when Brian Harris scored his second goal of the season at 2:31, walking in alone and going high glove-side on Rebels net minder Ethan Anders to make it 1-0 Edmonton. Red Deer responded though when Grayson Pawlenchuk earned his 13th of the season, redirecting the puck in front of Edmonton goalie Josh Dechaine at 14:01 and tying it at 1-1.
In the second period, the Oil Kings regained the lead when David Kope scored his fourth of the year at 11:59, an unassisted effort when he split the Rebels defense and shot the puck under Ethan Anders to make it 2-1 Edmonton.
The third period however saw the Rebels tie it back up when Dawson Barteaux scored on the power play, his first of the year by blasting a shot to the top corner at 6:02 to make it 2-2. Soon afterwards, Red Deer would grab their first lead of the game when Mason McCarty picked up his 17th of the season at 7:32 by banking it off a defenseman in front of the net and making it 3-2 Rebels. Edmonton wasn’t done though as Conner McDonald scored his third of the year at 11:10 to tie it back up at 3-3, eventually sending the game to overtime.
The three on three extra-time resulted in Edmonton’s Trey Fix-Wolansky scoring his 14th of the season with only 12 seconds left, giving the Oil Kings a 4-3 overtime victory over Red Deer.
The game finished with Red Deer and Edmonton tied with 26 shots each and the Rebels going 1 for 4 on the power play while the Oil Kings went 0 for 4.
The win improves Edmonton’s record to 9-22-3-1 with 22 points, while the Rebels drop to 10-19-5-2 with 27 points - five points back of the Lethbridge Hurricanes who currently hold the final playoff spot in the WHL’s Central Division.
The Rebels next game is Saturday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Medicine Hat against the Tigers. You can catch all the action live on 106.7 The Drive starting at 7:00 p.m.
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