The Rebels are back in business this weekend.
They beat the Swift Current Broncos handily, 6-2, Saturday night. And edged out the Regina Pats, 4-3, Friday.
“What I liked most about tonight’s game is not the fact that we scored six goals,” said Head Coach and General Manager Brent Sutter.
“But how we defended, how we played in our own zone. I think the zone game was better. We were smarter with the puck, kept it tighter. Our turnovers were minimal.”
Unlike last Saturday, the Rebels held on to the puck, ending the night with 40 shots on goal compared with the Broncos who had 23.
An outstanding performance by the forward line made up of Brandon Hagel, Brett Davis and Cameron Hausinger helped make the win especially strong.
“The thing about that line is they’re skilled,” Sutter said. “They got some grease to it and they’re smart players, so it works. That line is good.”
Davis and Hausinger are the two newest additions to the Rebels. They were acquired from the Kootenay Ice on Nov. 30th.
Both forwards have plenty of confidence on the ice.
Hausinger scored two of the six goals. But showed a little too much passion when he had to sit out for 10 minutes for misconduct in the third period.
Since he started, the 19-year-old forward has scored three goals and has four points.
Davis excelled as a team player Saturday, scoring one goal and three assists.
“It was an awesome win,” he said. “I think in all aspects of our game tonight we were good. We were good in (offensive) zone and the (defensive) zone.
“Obviously played in Kootenay with Hausy,” he continued. “So we’re pretty good together and you throw a guy like Hags on our line, good things are going to happen.
“There was good chemistry tonight and hopefully we’ll keep that going.”
The Rebels started the scoring out early in the first when Josh Tarzwell found the back of the net with an assist from Captain Reese Johnson.
Fifty-three seconds later, Hagel scored with an assist from Hausinger.
But the Broncos weren’t going quietly into the night.
At the end of the first, Alec Zawatsky caught goalie Ethan Anders off guard in a power play with Ben King and Alex Moar assisting.
Hausinger scored the team’s third goal in the second at the 5:09 mark with an assist from Davis. He found the back of the net again at 12:48 with assists from Davis and Hagel.
In the third period, Davis scored a goal with Hagel and Ryan Gottfried assisting.
The second Broncos goal came from Matthew Culling with an assist from King, catching Anders again.
Hagel scored the sixth goal with assists from Arshdeep Bains and Davis at the 17:00 mark. The 20-year-old star forward has scored 21 goals this season.
Red Deer hosts the Kamloops Blazers Tuesday night at 7 p.m.