Photo by Byron Hackett / Red Deer Advocate
The Red Deer Rebels handed the Brandon Wheat Kings a 5-4 loss on Wednesday night, the second consecutive loss for the Wheat Kings on this road trip.
The Wheat Kings outshot the Rebels 36-34 on the night and went 2 for 6 on the man advantage but gave up a late goal to Ben King to end up on the losing end of this one.
"We did a lot of really good things but right now we're beating ourselves," said Head Coach Dave Lowry. "We're making mistakes and we're not defending. Sometimes when you go on a long winning streak, some of the little details start to slip from your game. We scored enough goals to win, we played well enough to win but we made mistakes that ended up in our net."
Cole Reinhardt tied the game up late with just over three minutes to play but the Rebels responded with the game-winner just 0:33 later.
Luka Burzan, Ben McCartney and Ridly Greig also scored for Brandon while Arshdeep Bains (1G-2A), Ben King (1G-1A) and Christoffer Sedoff (1G-1A) all had multi-point nights for the Rebels.
Ethan Kruger left the game just 2:13 into the first period with what appeared to be a lower-body injury. Jiri Patera came on in relief and made 28 saves in the losing effort.
"We have to get back to checking," added Lowry. "When we check and defend the right way we win hockey games. The last two goals we gave up are not characteristic of our hockey team and those are the things we talk about fixing."
The four-game Alberta excursion continues on Friday night in Calgary. Game time from the Scotiabank Saddledome is 8:00 MB time.
Brandon scratched Rylan Thiessen (Healthy) and Riley Ginnell (Healthy). Attendance at the Westerner Park Centrium was 3,434.
R.D. - Chris Douglas (10) (Unassisted) 7:12
BWK - Ridly Greig (18) (McCartney) 10:44 PPG
R.D - Dallin Melin (6) (Isley) 16:05
Shots: 15-13 Red Deer
R.D - Arshdeep Bains (16) (King) 5:17 SHG
BWK - Ben McCartney (19) (Greig) 14:29
Shots: 12-7 Brandon
BWK - Luka Burzan (27) (Nychuk) 4:41
R.D - Christopher Sedoff (4) (Bains, Sakowich) 11:36
BWK - Cole Reinhardt (25) (McCartney, Greig) 17:26
R.D - Ben King (10) (Bains, Sedoff) 17:59
Final Shots: 36-34 Brandon