The Red Deer Rebels finished off 2017 with a tough 4-3 loss to the Tigers in Medicine Hat Saturday night and extended their three-game losing streak to four in the process.
The first period saw the home team get on the board first when Gary Haden scored his ninth of the season, a short-handed goal at 11:31 following a high sticking penalty to teammate Tyler Preziuso to make it 1-0 Tigers. The Rebels responded though when River Fahey scored his first-ever WHL goal at 13:08 to tie it up at 1-1. Medicine Hat would regain the lead though when Mark Rassell scored his 30th of the year at 17:29 to make it 2-1 Tigers by the end of twenty minutes.
In the second, Medicine Hat went up 3-1 after Tyler Preziuso scored his 10th of the season at 18:59, going glove side on Rebels net minder Ethan Anders and giving the Tigers a two-goal lead after forty minutes.
Red Deer made a goalie change to start the third period with Riley Lamb replacing Ethan Anders between the pipes and they didn’t waste any time cutting into the Tigers lead. Arshdeep Bains scored his first ever WHL goal just 48 seconds in to make it 3-2 Medicine Hat. Then with time winding down and just under three minutes to play, Red Deer’s Mason McCarty scored his 18th of the season to tie the game at 3-3, ultimately sending it to overtime.
Unfortunately however, with only 21 seconds left in overtime, Medicine Hat’s Mark Rassell scored his 31st of the year to give the Tigers the 4-3 OT win. The defeat was Red Deer's eighth overtime loss in a row.
Shots on goal finished 42-26 in favour of Medicine Hat, with the Tigers going 0 for 4 on the power play, while the Rebels went 0 for 3.
With the victory, Medicine Hat’s record now improves to 20-15-2-0 with 42 points and first place in the WHL’s Central Division. Red Deer drops to 10-19-6-2 with 28 points and seven points back of Lethbridge who currently hold down the final playoff spot in the Central.
The Rebels next game is Wednesday, January 3 when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7 p.m. at the Enmax Centrium.
If you can’t make it to the game, you can 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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