An important game for the Rebels… their final contest at the Enmax Centrium for the month of February, against the hottest team in the WHL. The Rebels came into this one after back-to-back shutout wins. The Warriors were 8-1-1 in their previous 10 games.
The Rebels opened the scoring fairly late in the first period. Joel Hamilton notched his fifth goal of the season from Mathew Dumba and Turner Elson at 14:44 of the opening frame for a 1-0 Rebels lead.
Red Deer would expand its lead to 2-0 a few minutes later while on a powerplay. Brooks Maxwell cashed in for his fourth of the season and second in as many games. Kevin Pochuk (first ever WHL point) and Stephen Hak with the assists on the goal at 16:46 of the period. The Rebels took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Shots were even 12-12 in the opening frame.
Moose Jaw got on the board 6:32 into the second period while shorthanded. Team Canada world junior forward Quinton Howden capitalized on a Rebels turnover to score his 24th goal of the season. Rebels lead was cut to 2-1.
But just 33-seconds later the Rebels was restored to two goals. Cody Thiel fired a rocket blast past Warriors goaltender Spencer Tremblay for his first ever WHL goal. Tyson Ness and Mason Burr earned the assists on the goal which made it 3-1 Red Deer at 7:05 of the second period.
The Warriors kept coming and once again cut their deficit to one while on a powerplay. Justin Kirsch with the shot, Deven Dubyk made the initial save, but Cam Braes tapped home the rebound into a wide open net for his 32nd goal of the season. 3-2 Rebels at 10:13 of the middle stanza.
A mere 91-seconds later, the Warriors would tie the game 3-3. James Henry found himself all alone in the slot and rifled home his twelfth goal of the season. Howden with the lone assist on the goal which came at 11:44 of the period. That set the stage for an eye-popping flurry of goals to end the period.
Moose Jaw would take its first lead of the game at the 15:34 mark courtesy of Torrin White. He banked a shot in off of a Rebels defender for his ninth goal of the season. Travis Brown and Tanner Eberle with the assists. 4-3 Warriors. Charles Inglis would electrify the crowd and tie the game at 4-4 with a sizzling wrist shot at 17:09. Inglis scoring his 16th goal of the season unassisted. Moose Jaw took a 5-4 lead less than a minute later at 18:04. Kendall McFaull with his fifth of the year from Andrew Johnson. Turner Elson tied for the Rebels, again, at 18:54 with his team leading 20th goal of the season from Maxwell and Hamilton. But wouldn’t you know it… Moose Jaw would pull ahead 6-5 at 19:38 thanks to Justin Kirsch’s 18th of the year from Braes and Dylan McIlrath. A whopping nine goals scored by the two teams in the second period. 6-5 Warriors lead through forty minutes. Shots were 28-20 for Moose Jaw (16-8 in the period).
Moose Jaw would pull goaltender Spencer Tremblay in favour of Luke Siemens to start the third period. The Rebels stuck with Deven Dubyk.
After all of the scoring in the final half of the second… not a single goal scored in the third period until the 18:08 mark. With Turner Elson in the sin bin for holding, Justin Kirsch netted his second of the game from Henry and Howden. Sam Fioretti would add an empty netter at 18:48 from Johnson and Eric Arnold to cap off an 8-5 Warriors win. Final shots on goal were 41-31 in favour of Moose Jaw (13-11 in the period).
Molson Cup Three Stars
1. Howden MJ
2. Maxwell RD
3. Braes MJ
Next up for the Rebels… the start of extended away from the Enmax Centrium with a road game in Prince George on Wednesday. Cam Moon has the broadcast on 106.7 The Drive starting at 7:50pm.