The Red Deer Rebels have won their first playoff series since 2004, sweeping the Edmonton Oil Kings in 4 games. The final blow came with a 5-1 victory Thursday night at Rexall Place.
Red Deer would score 4 times in the second period after a scoreless opening frame. Mathew Dumba would get things started 5:52 in, with assists going to Josh Cowen and Daulton Siwak. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, on his 4th goal of the series, would extend the lead at 10:01. Only 1:39 later, on the powerplay, Andrej Kudrna would blow one past Laurent Brossoit for a 3-0 lead. Brett Ferguson would finish off the period’s scoring with 20 seconds remaining.
The 4-0 lead would remain until a seeing-eye shot got past Darcy Kuemper with 5:56 to go. Curtis Lazar would get credit for the tally. Brett Ferguson, on an odd play, would get Red Deer’s 5th goal in the final minute. With the goaltender pulled, and Ferguson on a breakaway, the Edmonton player would trip the Rebel forward nullifying the play. Given the circumstance that Ferguson would likely have scored, the rule book states that a goal will be awarded.
Shots in the game were 29-22 for Red Deer. With all other Eastern Conference series going a minimum of 6 games, Red Deer will have to wait until next week to find out their next opponent. Ticket details will be announced in the coming days.