Rebels woes continue with shutout loss in Lethbridge

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
December 6, 2017 - 10:51pm

Despite racking up losses, it hasn't been often that the Red Deer Rebels have been dominated in a game from start to finish.

That wasn't the case Wednesday night as the Rebels were never in it from the get to in a 4-0 road loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Egor Zudilov would get the Hurricanes on the board at 8:29 of the first period, when he sent a fluttering puck over top of Rebels goaltender Riley Lamb on a pass from Igor Merezhko. 

That was the only goal of the first frame, but it wasn't the only action. 

Brendan Stafford and Carson Sass got the flippers off, and got the crowd going, with under five minutes to play in the period. 

The 'Canes would take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, outshooting their Central Division rivals 9-2.

Just over six minutes into the second period, defenceman Ty Prefontaine buried his third goal of the season, and all three have come in the past two home games. 

Prefontaine nailed Rebels forward Lane Zablocki along the boards later in the period, and was quickly challenged to a fight by Ethan Sakowich. Prefontaine ditched his gloves quick, and the two had another spirited bout to the delight of the home town fans. 

The second period was the best of the night for the Rebels, keeping the shots close at 12-10 but the score after two was 2-0 in favour of the Hurricanes. 

Lamb would make the mistake to put the game out of reach for his club just a few minutes past the 10-minute mark of the third period, firing a pass directly onto the tape of defenceman Koletrane Wilson who buried it into the back of the net to make it 3-0 for the Hurricanes. 

Taylor Ross added another one for the Hurricanes a few minutes later, and Tate Olsen ended up fighting Zablocki late in the third period, but that was the last of action for the game. 

The Hurricanes outshot the Rebels 31-21 overall, with goaltender Stuart Skinner making the important saves when he had to which preserved the shutout. 

The Rebels are back in action Friday night when they take on the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Enmax Centrium at 7 p.m. 106.7 The Drive has the broadcast starting with the pregame show at 6:30.

(With file from Aaron Mahoney, Lethbridge News Now)

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