The home town Red Deer Rebels opened the scoring in this hockey game. Nearly 14 minutes in, Lukas Sutter beat Jonny Hogue with a backhander to make it 1-0 Rebels. A few minutes later the Rebels jumped ahead by a pair of goals when Mason McCarty scored his first-ever WHL goal to make it 2-0 Rebels. That was it for Hogue who was pulled after allowing 2 goals on 6 shots. Jarrod Schamerhorn came in to play the rest. Red Deer took a 2-0 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play. Lethbridge out Red Deer 12-11.
In the second, the Hurricanes chipped their way back into the game. Riley Sheen picked off a pass and then slid the puck by Patrik Bartosak to cut the Rebels lead to 2-1. Red Deer managed to get that goal back a few minutes later when Brady Gaudet ripped a point shot, beating Schamerhorn on the power play. That made it 3-1 Rebels and it stayed that way until the finial seconds of the period when Reid Nemeth took a feed from Jamal Watson and blasted a shot over the glove of Bartosak with 8.4 seconds left on the clock to make it a 3-2 lead for the Rebels after 40 minutes of play. That was Nemeth's 3rd of the season. The Rebels held a 28-26 edge in shots on goal.
In the third, the Hurricanes battled hard and came close a few times to evening up the score, but a pair of goals by Scott Feser in a span of 2:01 put this game away for Red Deer. The Rebels would skate away with 5-2 victory and their 4th win in 5 games against Lethbridge this season. It was a wide open game with plenty of chances. Red Deer out shot the Canes 44-37 in this game. The Hurricanes went 0/4 on the power play and the Rebels 1/4. The loss drops the Hurricanes overall record to 9-34-2-3 in 48 games this season.
The Hurricanes continue on the road as they head up to northern BC. The Canes will play the Cougars in Prince George Tuesday night (Jan. 21). This will be the one and only meeting of the season between the clubs. The Hurricanes will then head to Kamloops Wednesday to play the Blazers for the final time this year and then it's off to Vancouver and Kelowna on the weekend. It'll conclude 4 games in 5 days. All games start at 8:00 MST. The pre-game shows at 7:30 on CJOC.