CRANBROOK, B.C. — With four games in the next five nights, the Red Deer Rebels were hoping to start things off on the right skate Tuesday against the Kootenay Ice. Instead, the dropped a 4-1 decision and now have lost three games in a row.
The Ice opened the scoring after a turnover at the Red Deer blue line when Sam Reinhart scored his 14th of the season midway through the period. The Rebels were kind of on their heels for a few minutes after the first goal. The Rebels survived one Ice powerplay, but were outshot 15-8.
The Ice increased their lead when Luke Philp came in front of Red Deer goaltender BOLTON POULIOT all the way from to left boards. Philp went upstairs for the 2-0 goal. The Rebels did have one powerplay, but were outshot in the period 12-9.
POULIOT made a huge — no, make that gigantic — glove grab of Philp in the first 10 seconds of the final frame. Kootenay had a few more really good chances in the next five minutes.
Finally, the Rebels strike: eight minutes into the period RHYSE DIENO let a one-timer go to slice the Ice lead to 2-1. The Rebels, sensing urgency, outshot the Ice 10-4 in the first six minutes. But, then with a tad over 14 minutes in, Philp scored his second of the night — on the powerplay — to restore their two-goal lead. TYSON NESS had a really good chance with almost a minute gone before Jeff Hubic scored an empty net goal at 19:47. The Rebels were outshot 38-30 over 60 minutes.
Molson Cup Three Stars
1. LUKE PHILP – KTN
2. MACKENZIE SHAPSKI – KTN
3. BOLTON POULIOT – RD
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By Cam Tait