Rebels Defeat Hitmen 3-2 In OT

Take a bow, Charles Inglis — your power play goal that went roof  at 2:31 of overtime gave the Red Deer Rebels their first win of the season. Inglis scored his fourth goal of the season to give the Rebels

3-2 Saturday night at the Saddledome in Calgary over the Hitmen. It was the second one-goal between the teams in nine days and  the Hitmen’s first setback of the year. The Rebels fought back from a 2-0 first period deficit to turn this one into a barn-burner.

Red Deer almost opened the scoring when Inglis popped one in- Killing penalties continued to be a challenge for your Rebels. The Hitmen were one-for-one on the powerplay when Brady Brassart gently tapped in a shot from the point on the right side of Red Deer goalie Bolton Pouliot.

Things did not get much better for the Rebels when Cody Sylvester made it 2-0 when he bulldozed his way through the Red Deer defence. The puck was still for a very brief second but Hitmen knocked it by  Pouliot to make it 2-0. Red Deer cut the lead on an even-strength goal in the middle frame. Tyler Ness was in the right place at the right time — 2:49 of the second period — when he was in on the right short side and got one by Calgary goalender Chris Driedger.  With nine minutes left Inglis set up Rebel captain Adam Kambeitz but the puck went out of play. Red Deer had some good shifts late in  the second period and Ness had a good chance for the tying goal. Red Deer, overall, had a strong period getting 12 shots on goal. The Rebel middle frame was capped by a great glove grab by PouliotPolio off Sylvester with 50 seconds left in the period. Jan Bittner was welcomed into the WHL 26 seconds into the third period with his first fight with Hitmen Jaynen Rissling. Inglis let a howitzer go on the left boards that snuck by Driedger with three minutes gone in the third period. Pouliot made four highlight reel saves while the Rebels were killing a power play to give Red Deer a chance to win in overtime.

Red Deer’s record is now 1-3.record

The Rebels now head east into Saskatchewan for a six-game road-trip starting in Prince Albert against the Raiders.

By Cam Tait

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