Forward Dallon Melin scores the Rebel’s second goal on Friday night with assists from Chris Douglas and Oleg Zaytsev. Red Deer sailed to victory 7-0 against the Kelowna Rockets in the first home game in over two weeks. Robin Grant/Red Deer Express

Rebels sail to 7-0 victory over the Kelowna Rockets

Third straight win for Red Deer

The Rebels dominated the Kelowna Rockets, 7-0, in the team’s first game back at home since Oct. 26th.

Their game was so strong Friday night that seven different players scored.

Brandon Hagel, fresh off signing a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in October, found the back of the net early with a speedy, unassisted shorthanded goal halfway through the first period.

Rebels Head Coach and General Manager Brent Sutter said Hagel has been getting faster as his career progresses.

“It felt good tonight,” he said. “In the last couple of games, he was pretty sore, but he kept feeling better and his skating is back to where he was before.”

Still in the first, Forward Dallon Melin scored the second goal with assists from Chris Douglas and Oleg Zaytsev. It was the 16-year-old’s first goal of his WHL career.

“It was an unbelievable pass, I think a pylon could have scored that goal,” he said. “It felt good to get it, but I didn’t do much.”

Sutter said Melin’s line, which included Austin Schellenberg and River Fahey, had some ‘really good shifts.’

“One shift in the second, they hemmed them in their zone and there was some action happening around the net,” he said. “They gained some momentum back for us. That line did a great job.”

The Rebels played strong from the beginning to the end, scoring goals in every period.

“We played the way we wanted to play as far as our persistence on pucks, hard on pucks,” Sutter explained.

“We knew that we were playing a team tonight that, you know, they’ve got some good size, they play hard. We had to get in the trenches and win some battles and be competitive. We certainly did that tonight.”

After Friday, the Rockets face a four-game losing streak.

Two shorthanded goals during the game helped the Rebels gain momentum, Sutter added.

Reese Johnson scored the second shorthanded goal at 12:54 in the second with assists from Hagel and Jacob Herauf. It was the Captain’s 10th goal of the season.

This came after Forward Chris Douglas scored Red Deer’s third goal in the second period.

“The important thing is that they were early in PKs and then we had to do the job of killing off and that’s probably just as important so we got momentum coming out of it,” Sutter said. “The kids played hard. They played well.”

During the power play in the third, Jeff de Wit found the back of the net with Johnson and Hagel assisting for the team’s fifth goal. In another power play that period, Alex Morozoff scored the sixth with an assist from Josh Tarzwell. The seventh goal came from Carson Sass with Morozoff assisting again.

Goalie Ethan Anders played yet another solid night, stopping all of the Rockets 28 attempts to score. This earned him his second shutout of the season.

The win is the Rebel’s third straight win. It is their sixth victory in the past seven games.

The team hosts Kootenay Ice tonight at 7 p.m. at the Centrium.

Just Posted

Women of Excellence Awards introduces ‘Women of Excellence in Construction’

Gala will take place June 19th at the Sheraton Red Deer

Check online to make sure you’re registered to vote in upcoming provincial election

Advance polls open Tuesday, April 9th to Saturday, April 13th

UPDATE: Christy Starling has been found

Red Deer RCMP thank the public for their assistance

Red Deer Legion Pipe Band celebrates National Tartan Day

The band is raising money for their trip to Scotland in 2020

Sharon and Bram head to Red Deer on final tour

The duo is celebrating their 40th anniversary farewell tour

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

New Leger polls suggests federal Liberals lagging Conservatives

Overall, 31 per cent of respondents polled said they would vote for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

Teen girl accused in plot to attack Kamloops school with weapons out on bail

Judge warned the girl she would be back in jail if she threatened to shoot anyone

Oil prices, Alberta election call cloud Stampede chuckwagon auction expectations

The top money bid last year came from Versatile Energy Services, Ltd.

Lacombe hosts 6th Invasive Species Council Conference at LMC

Council looks to protect native ecological environments in Alberta

Pot industry welcomes decreased edibles tax, but unhappy medical tax remains

Taxes can increase the cost of medical cannabis by as much as 25 per ceny

‘It has to send a message:’ Broncos families await sentencing for truck driver

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving and apologized in court

MPs continue voting marathon as Tories protest shutdown of Wilson-Raybould motion

Multiple MPs have resigned from Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet

Carbon tax, oil and gas investment dominate Day 2 of Alberta campaign

NDP pledges more oil and gas processing, UCP slams provincial and federal governments on carbon tax

Most Read