It’s safe to say that the Red Deer Rebels have had enough of the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Wednesday night, the Tigers completed a season sweep of the Rebels with a 7-4 win in Medicine Hat.
Medicine Hat posted a perfect 6-0 record against Red Deer, having scored at least four goals in each contest.
Mads Søgaard took the pipes for all six Tigers victories, and made 24 saves on Wednesday.
Ethan Anders stopped 18 of 24 shots fired his way for the Rebels before Byron Fancy took over for the final 13 minutes. Fancy allowed one goal on four shots.
Tigers forward Brett Kemp recorded a hat trick and added a helper to set a new career high for points in one game with four. Ryan Chyzowski joined Kemp’s four-point performance with a pair of goals and two helpers, and captain James Hamblin notched a goal and an assist.
Jeff de Wit opened the scoring for Red Deer on the power play at 7:48 of period one, jamming a loose rebound past Søgaard from the slot.
Their lead quickly evaporated as Hamblin notched his 33rd of the campaign just 16 seconds later. Søgaard picked up his first career assist on the play.
In a second period decorated with lamp-lighting, fisticuffs, and nifty play-making, Zak Smith was first to find the scoreboard for the Rebels 57 seconds in. The Austin, MB native tapped in a juicy rebound at the side of the net to make it 2-1.
For a second time, it didn’t take the Tigers long to come up with the answer as Ryan Chyzowski picked up his 25th of the season less than three minutes later.
Kemp’s two second period markers came 2:28 apart, giving Medicine Hat a 4-2 lead. Both of which came from near identical locations in the slot, first firing low glove on Anders before finding a hole in the opposite corner.
Ryan Jevne and Rebels captain Reese Johnson were given a howling ovation after dropping the gloves near Anders’ crease. Jevne wrestled Johnson to the ground after both players exchanged several punches, a sure treat for the hometown faithful.
Josh Tarzwell cut the Tigers lead to 4-3 crossing the midway mark of the second, but Chyzowski found twine on the power-play moments later to regain Medicine Hat’s two-goal lead.
Both teams combined for 28 shots in the second period, with the Tigers holding a 16-12 edge.
Kemp sent hats flying for the first time in his career 7:26 into the third.
Brandon Hagel added the Rebels fourth goal of the night nearing the midway mark of the final frame. With three points on the night Hagel passed Justin Mapletoft to sit second on the Rebels all-time scoring list with 278 career points. He also became the first Rebels player since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to record 100 points in a season.
However, Logan Christensen picked up the touchdown marker for the Tigers with less than seven minutes remaining.
Despite the loss, the Rebels are now just one point away from clinching a playoff spot thanks to Brandon’s loss Wednesday to Moose Jaw. Medicine Hat has clinched a playoff spot.
The Rebels are back in action Friday night at the Westerner Park Centrium versus Lethbridge (7 p.m on 106.7 THE DRIVE).
(With file from Mitch Bach, CHAT News Today)
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