A delayed start to this game as a result of a broken pane of glass behind the Rebels net during warm-up.
The Rebels wasted no time drawing first blood in this one. Charles Inglis won the opening face-off, getting it to Alex Petrovic. He skated calmly into the Raiders end where he unleashed a scorching wrist shot past goaltender Cole Holowenko. Just ten seconds into the first period, Petrovic’s sixth goal of the season gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead. With the lone assist on the goal, Inglis extends his points streak to four games.
Red Deer kept up with the pressure following their game opening goal, creating numerous scoring chances only to be foiled by Holowenko. The Raiders goalie was outstanding while keeping his team in it. But the Rebels persistency paid off at the 15:28 when Joel Hamilton made it 2-0 Rebels. His first two shots were stopped but he stuck with the play and cashed in with his third. Cory Millette and Stephen Hak with the assists on the goal, which came just after a Rebels powerplay had expired.
The Rebels would take their 2-0 lead to the first intermission. Red Deer out shout Prince Albert by a 15-6 margin.
The second period left much to be desired as it wasn’t exactly a crisply-played period by either team. The Rebels managed just six shots on goal in the period, the Raiders had just five. But neither team was able to score meaning the Rebels would lead 2-0 going into the third period.
The start to the third period wasn’t the most exciting either with minimal scoring chances at either end. But with Mike Winther off for goaltender interference the Rebels would go up 3-0. Joel Hamilton worked it to the point for Petrovic who fired home his second goal of the game… just barely as it squeaked under Holowenko’s arm and across the goal line. Cory Millette also earned an assist on the powerplay goal at 7:28 of the period.
Cory Millette would notch another goal for the Rebels at the 12:18 mark. Joel Hamilton with the lone assist (each player recording their third point of the game). Rebels win 4-0. Deven Dubyk makes 17 saves for his first shutout as a Rebel (3rd of his WHL career). The Rebels finished with 28 shots on Holowenko.
Molson Cup Three Stars
1. Alex Petrovic RD
2. Joel Hamilton RD
3. Deven Dubyk RD
Next up… the Rebels final home game for the month of February takes place this Saturday night as the Moose Jaw Warriors visit the Enmax Centrium. Game time is 7:30pm. Tickets as always are available through Ticketmaster.