With the Calgary Hitmen taking a 2-0 lead after one period of play, the Rebels used the energy from their crowd to finish off the visitors by a 5-3 score Saturday night. It was Red Deer’s 11th win in a row.
Ben Wilson and John Lawrence would both score for Calgary before the game was one period old, and held a 10-6 shot advantage. Nonetheless, John Persson would provide the spark for the home team, jumping on a loose puck at the side of Calgary net, and slid one under a suprised Mike Snider. A 5 on 3 advantage, with 2:39 to play in the second, would allow Byron Froese to pot his first of the night, going high on a sliding Snider. Red Deer would outshoot the Hitmen in that period 16-4.
At the 7:25 mark of the third period, Froese would find himself alone in front and slid home a loose puck for the go ahead goal, sending the Rebel faithful into a frenzy. 3:02 later, Mathew Dumba would let loose an off-balance wrister from the top of the circles, and beat a screened Snider for the 4-2 lead. Undetered, the Hitmen would fight back, as Cody Sylvester would take a feed from behind the net, and beat goaltender Darcy Kuemper to cut the lead to 4-3. The Hitmen thought they tied the game minutes later, only to have it called back on the highstick. Red Deer would ice it on the powerplay, as Froese would one-time a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins feed at the 18:37 mark. Shots in the third favored Red Deer 21-7.
The Rebels will hit the road for 2 games, taking on the Blades and Raiders Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively. Next home action is Friday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:30 start)