Saturday, November 1, 2014

Red Deer 7 Kootenay 3

From Chris Wahl ...
Meyer Nell scored twice, and Scott Feser's short-handed breakaway goal 2:17 into the second period stood up as the game-winner as Red Deer defeated the Kootenay ICE 7-3 at Western Financial Place Friday.

Levi Cable had a goal and an assist for Kootenay, while Rebels defenseman Brett Cote led all scorers with four helpers.

Red Deer opened the scoring 2:38 into the first period when leading scorer Adam Musil pounced on a rebound to the right of ICE goaltender Wyatt Hoflin, snapping home his sixth goal of the season.

Nell added a power-play marker just under six minutes later as the visitors took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Rebels struck quickly in period two, notching a pair of goals in a span of 1:16. First, Brooks Maxwell tucked home a wraparound before Feser added his short-handed tally. The Red Deer forward grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone and strode down the left wing, outwaiting an outstretched Hoflin before depositing the puck into the net with a backhand.

Kootenay opened its account before the midway mark of period two at the tail end of a power-play. Cable rifled a puck from the right wing that caromed off the goalpost and off the back of Rebels netminder Rylan Toth before crossing the goalline.

The ICE cut Red Deer's lead to two goals early in the third period when forward Luke Philp fired a hard pass from behind the net to a pinching Rinat Valiev, who fired home his first goal of the season at 1:50.

Nell would add to the Rebels lead, scoring on an unassisted effort off a turnover in the Kootenay zone at 8:59 before ICE forward Vince Loschiavo tallied his first goal on home ice 45 seconds later, wafting a rebound past a scrambling Toth.

The Rebels reclaimed their three-goal lead with 8:02 remaining in regulation time. Grayson Pawlenchuk finished off a cross-zone feed from linemate Conner Bleackley before Evan Polei rounded out the scoring on a power-play with 2:47 left.

Toth made 28 saves in goal for Red Deer, while Hoflin stopped 22 shots for Kootenay.

Austin Vetterl recorded two assists for the ICE, while Jaedon Descheneau and Tanner Faith both added helpers.

UP NEXT: The ICE open the month of November on home ice Saturday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Game time is 7:00 pm at Western Financial Place.