The Red Deer Rebels broke out of their scoring slump in a big way Tuesday night in a 7-3 road win over the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Rebels ended their five game losing skid and pulled back into a tie with the Brandon Wheat Kings for the final playoff spot in the WHL Eastern Conference.
Red Deer jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a two minute span in the opening period. Reese Johnson struck for his 22nd goal of the season at 10:28, Brandon Hagel scored his 35th at 11:50 and Chris Douglas chipped in his 14th at 12:28.
Jett Woo put Moose Jaw on the board 3:59 into period two with his 12th goal of the year.
Josh Tarzwell replied with his 8th at 6:58, Douglas struck again at 9:20 and Alexander Alexeyev scored his 9th of the year at 13:29 to give the Rebels a commanding 6-1 lead.
Luke Ornsby brought Moose Jaw within 6-2 just over a minute later.
In the third period, Moose Jaw pulled their goalie at the midway point in a bid to get back in the game. Hagel put a kibosh on that idea with an empty net goal at the 11:32 mark.
Carson Denomie scored for the Warriors with less than four minutes remaining to round out the scoring on the night.
Red Deer had 42 shots on goal and was 1-for-3 on the power play. Moose Jaw had 24 shots on goal and was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
Ethan Anders earned the win in net for Red Deer while Adam Evanoff was saddled with the loss for Moose Jaw.
Hagel’s huge night ended with him having racked up two goals and three assists. The Morinville, AB native has 267 career points leaving him eight back of Justin Mapletoft for second in Rebels franchise history.
The Rebels continue their road trip Wednesday night versus the Regina Pats (6 p.m. on 106.7 THE DRIVE).
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