Saturday, January 10, 2015

Red Deer 3 Kootenay 1

From Chris Wahl ...

Taz Burman made 30 saves as the Red Deer Rebels frustrated the Kootenay ICE 3-1 Friday at Western Financial Place.

Kootenay defenseman Cale Fleury scored his first career WHL goal, but Presten Kopeck's tally 11 seconds from the end of the first period proved to be the game winner as Red Deer avenged last week's ICE victory in Central Alberta.

The Rebels opened the scoring 2:16 into the first period on Jeff de Wit's second goal of the campaign, then increased their lead to 2-0 in the dying seconds of the frame when Kopeck deflected home a wrist shot from linemate Connor Gay.

Kootenay outshot Red Deer 11-7 in each of the first two periods, but it was the visitors who increased their lead just past the midway mark of the third stanza on a power play goal from Riley Sheen.

Fleury would break Burman's shutout bid with 4:20 remaining in regulatino time on a setup from Luke Philp.

Wyatt Hoflin made 19 saves in the ICE net. Kootenay outshot the Rebels 31-22 overall.

UP NEXT: the ICE welcome the Saskatoon Blades to Western Financial Place Saturday. Game time is 7:00 pm.