Wyatt Johnson scored twice as the Red Deer Rebels beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-2 Saturday night at the ENMAX Centre.
The Rebels actually jumped out to a 3-0 lead heading into the third period in this game. It wasn't until the 12:04 mark of the final frame that the Canes managed to break the Rebels shutout bid and ignite the Teddy Bear & Toque Toss. The hockey club collected 2477 stuffed animal Saturday night and 461 toques, all of which will be donated to local southern Alberta charities.
The Rebels opened the scoring with a pair of power play goals in the first period. Wyatt Johnson scored his first of two on the night at 6:38 to make it 1-0 Rebels. Then late in the period, Evan Polei scored to make it 2-0 Red Deer after 20 minutes of play. The Canes were out shot 19-8.
In the second, Red Deer added to its lead. Wyatt Johnson scored his second goal of the game to put the visitors ahead 3-0. The Rebels held a 29-14 edge in shots through the first two periods.
That three goal lead held up until midway through the third period when Taylor Cooper scored for the Hurricanes at 12:04. That cut the lead to 3-1 and triggered the flying of hundreds of stuffed animals and toques onto the ice. Once things were all cleaned up, the Hurricanes scored again late in the period. Zane Jones found the twine, shorthanded to make it a 3-2 lead for Red Deer with just over two minutes left. Red Deer though would ice the game when Raymond's Brooks Maxwell scored into an empty net to give the Rebels a 4-2 victory.
Red Deer out shot Lethbridge 37-19 in this game. The Rebels went 2/5 on the power play and Lethbridge 0/2. The loss drops the Canes overall record to 6-19-3-1 on the season, still last place in the WHL. The club has just one victory in its last 14 games. Things don't get any easier this coming week either. The Hurricanes host the WHL's top team Wednesday (Dec. 10) when the Kelowna Rockets come to town. The Rockets have only 7 losses in 31 games this season.