The Red Deer Rebels have come back to Earth.
After opening the season at 3-0, the Rebels lost for a second straight night Saturday, falling 4-1 to the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The Rebels found themselves down 2-0 after the opening period on goals from Anaheim Ducks draft pick Emerson Etem and Vahe Zakaryan.
Red Deer was able to answer back in the second period when young defenseman Matt Dumba blasted a shot from the point, and after it deflected off the end boards, it found it’s way in behind Tigers starter Deven Dubyk.
Linden Vey put Medicine Hat up 3-1 with a goal at 17:03 of the third period before Sam Dezman put it away with an empty netter at 18:04.
Red Deer’s powerplay went one for eight, while the penalty killing was solid, killing off five of the Tigers six man advantages.
Darcy Kuemper, who was making his fifth straight start, made 20 saves, while Dubyk allowed just one goal on 37 shots and was named the games first star.
With the loss, Medicine Hat takes both sides of the home and home set, after winning 2-1 in Medicine Hat on Friday night.
Up next for Red Deer is a four game road swing which kicks off Tuesday night in Swift Current.