The Rebels defeat the Raiders in a high-score battle
While the score was 2-1 in favor of the Rebels, the Raiders slightly outscored Red Deer 9-7.
The second period was no less exciting than the first, as Red Deer’s Kalan Lind scored his seventh goal this season at 2:24. He was assisted by Kyle Masters and Matteo Fabrizi and scored 3-1.
Just over two minutes later, Jhett Larson scored his eighth goal of the season assisted by Liam Keeler, making it 4-1.
With the Rebels’ Ben King in the box for a stick high, Prince Albert seized the opportunity to have the men’s advantage at 7:45 with Hayden Pakkala scoring his fifth goal of the season. Assisted by Ozzy Wiesblatt and Cole Sanders, the power-play goal brought the score to 4-2, still in favor of the Rebels.
Then with Red Deer’s Ben King in the box once again, this time tripping, the Rebels scored halfway through the period with Jace Isley’s fifth goal of the season. The short-term goal increased the Rebels’ lead to 5-2.
The Raiders ended the period on a high note, however, as Vladislav Shilo scored his very first WHL goal at 4:12 pm, assisted by Tyson Laventure and Lendon Kosior.
At the end of the second, the shots on goal were 17-14 in favor of the Raiders, with the scoreboard showing 5-3 Red Deer.
The final period almost turned the game around as Prince Albert started to catch up, scoring at 3:34 with Sloan Stanick’s 11e goal of the season and second of the game. Assisted again by Ozzy Wiesblatt and Carson Latimer, the score was now 5-4.
Red Deer didn’t take their slight lead for granted, however, scoring less than a minute later with Liam Keeler’s 10.e goal this season. Maintaining a 6-4 lead, the goal was assisted by Blake Stevenson.
To further consolidate the victory, Carter Anderson of the Rebels scored his sixth goal of the season, once again assisted by Blake Stevenson and Liam Keeler. At 6:15, the score was 7-4 for the Rebels.
Red Deer’s Blake Stevenson ended his team’s dominance early on, with another goal at 8:31 am his 11the this season which brought the game to 8-4.
Vladislav Shilo of Prince Albert not only scored his first goal of the season this game, but also earned a hat trick in the final period. At 5:21 pm, he scored his second goal of the game and of the season, assisted by Tyson Laventure, and bringing the score to 8-5.
With Red Deer’s Matteo Fabrizi sent into the box for detention, Shilo went on to score his first power play goal and third this season at 6:38 pm. Assisted by Carson Latimer and Nolan Allan, the match ended 8-6 in favor of the Rebels.
The Raiders outscored the Rebels 15-13 in the third period for a total of 41-34 over three periods in favor of PA.
The Raiders also got 2/8 on the power play, while Red Deer got 1/3 on the power play.
The third star went to three-time scorer Vladislav Shilo of the Raiders, while the second star went to Liam Keeler of the Rebels who had one goal and two assists. The first star went to Blake Stevenson of Red Deer for his two goals and two assists.
The win takes the Rebels’ record to 22-9-1-1, while the loss leaves the Raiders with a 12-6-1-1 record.
Red Deer will play its last game of the year in Moose Jaw against the Warriors this Friday, Dec.31 at Mosaic Place at 6 p.m. MT.