Late Goal by Matt Dumba Gives Rebels 4-3 Win Over Moose Jaw
With fans celebrating “Western Night” at the Enmax Centrium the Rebels called upon Grant Naherniak to be their John Wayne between the pipes. The 16 year old Moose Jaw native made his first WHL start in net.


The Rebels were quickest on the draw and opened the scoring in this one. Rhyse Dieno and Dominik Volek worked a nice give-and-go to set up the captain for his 13th goal of the season. Turner Elson went top shelf past Justin Paulic to make it 1-0 Rebels, a powerplay goal at 12:58. Red Deer out shot Moose Jaw 10-9 in the period.


Moose Jaw tied the game early in the middle frame when Tanner Eberle beat Grant Naherniak for his ninth of the season, Sam Fioretti with the lone assist. 1-1 was the score 2:54 into period two.Red Deer regained the lead at 4:52 when Tyson Ness intercepted a pass in the Warriors end and roofed his 11th goal of the season. 2-1 Rebels would be the score through 40 minutes. Rebels out shot Moose Jaw 9-7 in the period.


With Dominik Volek in the sin bin serving a delay of game penalty, Justin Kirsch beat Naherniak with a shot through traffic for his 13th goal of the year. Tanner Eberle and Sam Fioretti assisted on the goal which tied this game 2-2 at the 8:16 mark. For Moose Jaw, it was their first powerplay goal on against the Rebels this season.

It didn’t take Volek long to make up for his penalty. He took a feed from Brooks Maxwell and fired home his third goal of the season. Cory Millette also assisted on the goal. 3-2 Rebels 8:16 into period three.

But while Turner Elson was banished to the penalty box for roughing, Jordan Messier found the puck in a scramble near the Rebels net and was able to chip it home for his sixth goal of the year. Carter Hansen and Kendall McFaull with the assists. 3-3 at the 17:53 mark.

With the Rebels shorthanded yet again, Mathew Dumba played the role of the hero in the white hat by scoring the game winner on a fantastic individual effort. The goal, coming with 1:37 left to play, gave the Rebels an exciting 4-3 victory.

1. Dominik Volek RD
2. Tanner Eberle MJ
3. Grant Naherniak RD


NEXT GAME… The Rebels finish their three games in three nights weekend tomorrow night in Cranbrook versus the Kootenay Ice. Game time is 6pm. Cam Moon is on the air on 106.7 The Drive starting at 5:50pm.

By Troy Gillard
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