Rebels Season Ends With A 7-3 Loss To Edmonton
The Rebels hosted their rivals from the north for their final game of the 2011-2012 season. As has been the norm, the Rebels dressed a shorthanded roster which featured just 14 skaters (9 forwards, 5 defence). As per Athletic Therapist Terrence Robertson, the Rebels lost a whopping 303 man games due to injury this season.
The Oil Kings came into this game needing a win to clinch first overall in the WHL and they would get off to a great start. TJ Foster would beat Deven Dubyk for his 30th goal of the season. Henrik Samuelsson with the only assist on the goal which came 5:03 into the game. 1-0 Oil Kings.
The Rebels got themselves into some penalty trouble a few minutes later. Both Mathew Dumba and Alex Petrovic were given seats in the sin bin, giving Edmonton a 5-on-3 powerplay. Curtis Lazar would take advantage to score his 19th of the season from Tyler Maxwell and Michael St. Croix. 2-0 Oil Kings at the 11:01 mark of the first period. That score would hold up through to the end of the period. Edmonton outshot the Rebels 15-5.
A crazy flurry of scoring to open the second period. Adam Kambeitz got the Rebels on the scoresheet with a powerplay goal just nine seconds into the period. Charles Inglis and Alex Petrovic with the assists. Edmonton’s lead was cut to 2-1.
But a mere 35 seconds after that, the Oil Kings regained their two goal lead with a shorthanded marker from Kristians Pelss. The Edmonton Oilers draft pick made it 3-1.
A mere 1:50 following that goal, team MVP Alex Petrovic scored another powerplay goal for the Rebels with Mathew Dumba getting the lone assist. 3-2 Oil Kings 2:34 into period two.
And at the 5:10 mark of the period, Conner Bleackley would ignite the crowd with his second goal of the season, tying this game 3-3. Stephen Hak with the helper.
The Oil Kings would call a timeout following the Bleackley goal and it would pay off. A scramble in front of the Rebels net, Dubyk couldn’t find the puck before Michael St. Croix. He tapped the puck into an open net for his 45th goal of the year at the 8:23 mark. Oil Kings retook the lead at 4-3 and they would take that lead into the second intermission. Shots on goal through forty minutes favoured Edmonton 26-18 (13-11 Rebels in the period).
The Oil Kings would strike quickly to pull away in the third period. Curtis Lazar netted his second of the night and 20th of the season at 4:01. Mitchell Moroz and Travis Ewanyk with the assists. Just 50 seconds later Ashton Sautner made it 6-3 Edmonton with his second goal of the campaign. Pelss with the lone assist on the goal. Mitchell Moroz would add his 16th of the year with 3:01 remaining in the game, Clarc Wilson with the lone assist, to finish off the scoring in this one. Oil Kings win by a final score of 7-3. Final shots on goal were 35-29 for Edmonton (11-9 for the Rebels in the period.)
The Rebels finish their 2011-2012 WHL season with a 32-34-1-5 record putting them in 9th place in the WHL Eastern Conference standings. The Oil Kings finish 50-15-3-4 and clinch first place overall in the WHL. They will take on Kootenay in the opening round of the playoffs.