A chance in this one for the Rebels to climb above the five-hundred mark and to win back-to-back games for the first time since November 11th and 12th (in Kamloops and Victoria). The Rebels came into this game leading the season series with Kootenay 4-2-0-0.
Pretty quick pace to start the game between these two arch rivals but not many scoring chances. Each team came up empty on their opening powerplays of the night. The only real fireworks in the first period came when Marc McCoy dropped the gloves for a tilt with Mike Simpson.
That is until 18:14 when Alex Petrovic took a little trip toward the Kootenay net. His attempted pass was blocked but ended up back on his own stick. Petro then buried his fourth goal of the season past a sprawling Nathan Lieuwen. Charles Inglis assisted on the goal which gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead through twenty minutes. Shots were 12-9 for Kootenay in the period.
The Rebels found themselves in a bit of penalty trouble early in the second period. But a series of outstanding saves from Deven Dubyk allowed them to hold on to their one goal lead.
That lead would disappear at the 9:02 mark. Just as a minor penalty to Marc Mackenzie had expired, Dylen McKinlay would get his eighth of the season. He showed great hand eye coordination to tip Jagger Dirk’s shot out of mid-air past Dubyk. Jesse Ismond also earned an assist on the game tying goal.
A handful of good scoring chances were scattered throughout the rest of the second period but they all went for naught. Both Dubyk and Lieuwen stood tall to keep this game tied 1-1 through forty minutes. Shots again favouring Kootenay 27-20.
Neither team was able to break through in the third period. But again it wasn’t due to a lack of chances as both the Rebels and Ice had their opportunities, but Dubyk and Lieuwen had long since turned this one into a goaltending duel. Regulation time would end with this game tied 1-1. Shots 34-28 for the Ice. For the third straight game, the Rebels would play overtime. The extra frame would solve nothing, Rebels managing two shots compared to Kootenay’s one, meaning this one would go to a shootout.
The only goal of the shootout came when Max Reinhart, who shot first for Kootenay, pulled off the one-handed ‘Forsberg’ deke to perfection. Elgin Pearce and Jesse Ismond both came up empty in their attempts to score on Deven Dubyk. Nathan Liewen was a perfect 3-for-3 for Kootenay, stopping Charles Inglis, John Persson, and Alex Petrovic on their shootout attempts. The Ice defeat the Rebels 2-1.
Molson Cup Three Stars
1. Petrovic RD
2. Lieuwen KOOT
3. Dubyk RD
The Rebels head east for games this Friday in Brandon and Saturday in Swift Current. Both games can be heard on 106.7 The Drive. They return to the Enmax Centrium on Tuesday, January 17th to battle the Calgary Hitmen. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.