CRANBROOK — The Red Deer Rebels played their fourth game in five nights with their second visit against the ice since Wednesday. But they couldn’t secure a 1-0 second period lead and fell 3-2 to the Kootenay Ice.
The Rebels had a good start against the Ice and were up 8-4 on the shot clock with seven minutes gone. BOLTON POULIOT made a tremendous save off Jaedon Descheneau with five minutes left in the first frame to keep the game scoreless. Shots on goal were 12-11 for Red Deer.
Pouliot made anther big save off Kyle O’Connor before the Rebels opened the scoring. TURNER ELSON let a snapshot go from a long way out: he was five feet on the other side of the blue line and used the defenceman as a screen. Kootenay through everything they had at Pouliot, who did everything he did — and then some — to defend off the Ice. For the last seven minutes Kootenay really turned up the heat. The Rebels almost escaped the period with a 1-0 lead, but then with seven-tenths of a second left, Sam Reinhart tied the game on the powerplay. The Rebels were outshot 21-5.
The Ice continued their relentless pressure on the Rebels and it paid off with two goals in 14 minutes. Erik Benoit scored consecutive goals for the Ice. But, hang on: MATT BELLERIVE took a shot from an unlikely position and the puck hit a leg to beat Kootenay goaltender Mackenzie Skapski to make it 3-2. But the Rebels couldn’t do any more damage.
Red Deer was outshot 16-6 in the final period and 48-23 over three periods.
Molson Cup Three Stars
1. Jaedon Descheneau – KTN
2. Bolton Pouliot – RD
3. Erik Benoit – KTN
Speedy Creek Next
The Rebels travel to Swift Current Broncos for Wednesday’s game. The pre-game show goes on 106.7 The Drive with CAM MOON at 5:50 p.m.
By Cam Tait