The Red Deer Rebels put an end to the Wheat Kings four game win streak on Wednesday night, picking up a convincing 5-2 win in front of 4000+ fans at the Enmax Centrium.
The Rebels fired everything but the kitchen sink at Logan Thompson who made 51 saves in the losing effort.
After a scoreless first period the Rebels rattled off three straight goals including a power play marker with less than 10 seconds left in the period.
The Wheat Kings showed signs of life early in the third period when Stelio Mattheos scored his 2nd in as many nights to cut the lead to two.
Any momentum garnered on that goal was quickly put to bed when the Rebels responded four minutes later to regain the three goal lead.
Ty Coulter would add another power play goal, but it wasn’t enough as the Rebels got 22 saves from Rivers, MB native Riley Lamb to seal the victory.
Aside from Logan Thompson’s terrific effort between the pipes, the lone bright spot for Brandon was the power play, which scored twice improving their PP ratio to 15-56 on the season.
The Wheat Kings will look to regroup during a day off on Thursday before starting a two game weekend set with the Kootenay Ice this weekend.
Game time Friday night from Cranbrook is 8:00. The CKLQ pre-game show begins at 7:30.
Shots: 19-9 Red Deer
RD – Brenden Hagal (Sass, Alexeyev) 9:32
RD – Grayson Pawlenchuk (Spacek, Mahura) 15:38
RD – Jacob Freadrich (Polei, Hagel) 19:50 PP
Shots: 17-6 Red Deer
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (Kaspick, ,Clague) 1:30 PP
RD – Alex Alexeyev (Spacek, Pratt) 5:39
BWK – Tyler Coulter (Shearer, Lewis) 8:40 PP
RD – Adam Mahura (Spacek, Bobyk) 17:59 PP
Final Shots: 56-24
Special Teams: 2/5 Brandon | 2/4 Red Deer