The Red Deer Rebels saw their three game winning streak end in controversial fashion Saturday night.
The Rebels thought they'd defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings in overtime, only to have their apparent game winning goal waved off by the referee.
Soon after, the Wheat Kings scored a goal that gave them a 4-3 victory.
The first period saw no scoring, just five penalties, three for Brandon, two for Red Deer and the Rebels outshooting the Wheat Kings 8-7 after twenty minutes.
Brandon eventually struck first in the second period when Stelio Mattheos beat Rebels goalie Ethan Anders for his 34th goal of the year at 11:19 to make it 1-0 Wheat Kings.
The Rebels would tie it up when Alex Morozoff earned his third of the season, scoring on the power play at 13:37.
Brandon would get a power play goal of their own when Mattheos picked up his second of the night and 35th of the year at 19:54 to make it 2-1 Wheat Kings after forty.
In the third, Morozoff scored his second of the night and fourth of the season at 2:21 to tie it up at 2-2. The Rebels would then take their first lead of the game five minutes later when Josh Tarzwell scored on the power play at 7:12, his seventh of the year to make it 3-2 Red Deer.
Brandon responded as Chase Hartje netted his first goal of the year at 16:21 to tie it up at 3-3 and ultimately send the game to overtime.
The Rebels appeared to win the game early in the extra frame. However, Kristian Reichel's goal was wiped out by the referee who deemed Wheat Kings goalie Logan Thompson was interfered with on the play by Brandon Hagel.
Soon afterwards, Brandon’s Stelio Mattheos scored his hat trick 55 seconds into overtime, giving the Wheat Kings a 4-3 victory.
The win improves Brandon’s record to 29-18-3-2 with 63 points and third place in the WHL’s Eastern Division. Red Deer drops to 15-25-10-3 with 42 points and fourth place in the Central.
The Rebels next game is Wednesday, February 7 at the Enmax Centrium when they host the Calgary Hitmen for a 7:00 p.m. faceoff.
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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