The Red Deer Rebels took the WHL's best team to the limit Friday night before ultimately falling short in the shootout 2-1.
However, the point the road team did pick up was as valuable as ever as Red Deer now clings to the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Medicine Hat is one point back, and Brandon is only two points behind.
On Friday in PA, it was a scoreless affair until the third period when Noah Gregor would get the Raiders on the board first at 9:29. The goal came on the powerplay and was the Beaumont, AB native's 38th of the season.
Just under five minutes later, Red Deer's leading scorer Brandon Hagel notched the equalizer with his own 38th of the season. Hagel's goal came on one of just three shots the Rebels had in the final period of regulation, while PA had 18.
In 3-on-3 overtime, the teams combined for just three shots.
In the shootout, Gregor stepped up and scored first for PA, then Hagel had a chance at returning the favour again, but was stopped.
Dante Hannoun then scored, but Cam Hausinger made it 2-1 after two rounds.
Then, with the game on his stick, Raiders leading point-getter Brett Leason put it away for a historic 50th win of the season for Prince Albert.
Goaltenders Ethan Anders and Ian Scott each made 20 saves through the first 40 minutes, the former ultimately making 39 stops in a losing effort.
Red Deer is now 2-0-1-0 on their current four-game road trip, and they'll wrap things up Sunday in Saskatoon. Puck drop is at 1 p.m. MT, with the broadcast starting at 12:50 on 106.7 The Drive.
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