GAME STORY – The Regina Pats failed to extend their lead over the Brandon WheatKings or pass the Saskatoon Blades as they fell 3-2 to the Red Deer Rebels at the Brandt Centre. After a scoreless first period the teams erupted for 3 goals in the second period. The Rebels led 2-0 before the Pats closed the lead to one before the end of the frame. The Rebels extended it to 3-1 early third with the Pats responding just 3 minutes later but that was as close as they would get. Adam Beukeboom mopped up in goal for Regina after Matt Hewitt, who took the loss, was removed in the 3rd period. Devin Dubyk garnered the win in goal for the Rebels. Regina was 2/5 on the Powerplay and 3/4 killing penalties.
1st Period – A tentative first period by both teams saw the Rebels outshoot the Pats 13-11. The Pats were 0 for 2 on the powerplay while the Rebels went without a powerplay in the first. Chandler Stephenson had the best chance for the Pats as he hit the post midway through the frame while Matt Hewitt mad a great glove save on Matt Dumba at the horn to keep it scoreless.
Pats – 0 Rebels – 0
2nd Period – Tyson Ness opened the scoring with his 17th goal for the Rebels unassisted at the 56 second mark. Brooks Maxwell extended the lead with a powerplay marker just 3 minutes later. Dominik Volek got the Pats on the board wiring a wrist shot past Rebels goalie Devin Dubyk on the power play to narrow the lead to 2-1. Matt Hewitt kept it 2-1 with a fabulous desperation save late in the period on Adam Kambietz. Shots were 7-5 Rebels in the second 20-16 Rebels overall.
3rd Period – The Rebels extended the lead to 3-1 immediately after killing off a Pats powerplay. Chad Robinson snuck one through Matt Hewitt’s legs and that was the end of the night for the Pats starter as he was replaced by Adam Beukeboom. Jordan Weal with his 38th on the PP got them within one with 14 minutes to play. The Pats continued to buzz around the Rebels net but never could get the equalizer and the Rebels came away with a hard fought 3-2 win. Shots on goal in the 3rd were 7-6 for Red Deer and 27-22 overall for the game.
1 – Tyson Ness – Red Deer 1-G / 1 A
2 – Dyson Stevensen – Regina
3 – Chad Robinson – Red Deer
Its a Fas Gas Ignites the Night post-game fireworks show on Friday when the Rebels entertain the Swift Current Broncos (7:30pm). The Saskatoon Blades pay a visit on Saturday.