The Rebels may have lost 5-4 Tuesday night in a shoot-out to the Prince Albert Raiders. But they can pack a lot of positives in the team bus to start the Rebel six-game trek through Sakatchewan and Manitoba. It was the first time the Rebels went to a shoot-out and the third consecutive game decided by one goal. Raider captain Mark McNeill scored in the shoot-out for the win. But the Rebel showed their grit, clawing their way back from a 3-1 third period defecit to get a well earned point. The Charles Inglis Show continued. The Rebel veteran gave a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the first period when he got a nice pass from Matt Dumba on the power play. Inglis made no mistake going five-hole on Raider goalie Luke Siemens. And speaking of goalies, Rebel netminder Bolton Poulliot got an assist on Inglis' fifth goal of the season.
The Rebels had a strong first period, and led on the shot clock 6-2 midway through the first frame. The Rebs had a wonderful chance to grab the lead 11 minutes earlier when Colton Mayor nearly cashed in.
Back came the Raiders in the second period, scoring two goals in the first seven minutes. McNeill scored his first of the night to knot things 1-1. A little more than three minutes later, Anthony Bardaro put the home team ahead by one.
The second period ended with a heavyweight tilt between Dumba and McNeill.
The Raiders went up 3-1 when Dakota Conroy wiggle through the Rebel defence at 3:17 of the third period. But hang on, Rebel fans. Rebel Cory Millette found himself on a breakaway himself and scored 1:41 later to fight back within one. And then maybe the goal of the night: Matt Bellerive did some dipsy-doodling in the Prince Albert zone and showed some wonderful stickwork to tie this tilt 3-3. Pouloit was rock solid in the third period with the Raiders looking to take the lead on the power play. McNeill scored his second of the game on — yes, another —breakaway to give Prince Albert a 4-3 lead with seven minutes left. Inglis continued his red-hot streak, scoring his sixth goal in three games at with 1:29 remaining in the third period, forcing overtime. Before the buzzer sounded for the extra session there was some great hockey with both teams having good chances.
The Rebels will bus back to Saskatoon Tuesday night where they will have a good night's sleep before tangling with the Blades.
Catch all the action on 106.7 The Drive with Cam Moon Wednesday starting at 6:50 p.m.
By Cam Tait