This day in Rebels history – March 31


1997 – Round 2, Game 1 against the Swift Current Broncos

For the second season in a row, the Rebels made it to the Conference semi-finals. They took on the Broncos who finished with four more points than them in the standings.

The Rebels rolled into Swift Current for Game 1 with confidence after disposing of Regina 4-1 in their opening-round series.

Terry Ryan silenced the Swift Current crowd early with his sixth goal of the playoffs. Just 59 seconds had expired in the game.

Swift Current tied the game on a power play about five minutes later.

Just about 12 minutes into the game Ryan had his second goal of the game and the Rebels had a 2-1 lead.

The lead was given away again by a Swift Current power-play goal. The teams headed to the dressing room tied at two.

Red Deer took the lead for good in the second period when Greg Schmidt scored a short-handed goal just about two minutes into the second period. Marc Magliarditi closed the door the rest of the way, making 19 saves in the final 40 minutes of play.

The Rebels added two third period goals, Arron Asham, on the power play, and Jonathan Zukiwsky made it 5-2 and gave the team a 1-0 series lead.

2000 – Round 1, Game 2 against the Kootenay ICE

The Rebels suffered a tough 7-4 loss in Cranbrook the night before to give the ICE a 1-0 series lead.

The second game of the series went much worse.

Jaroslav Svoboda had two goals and two assists, Jarrett Stoll added two goals and an assist, and Matt Walker scored twice to pace the ICE to a 8-0 Game 2 win.

The teams combined for 116 minutes in penalties and Kootenay went 2-for-8 with the man-advantage. Red Deer was 0-for-7.

Dan Blackburn had a 21 save shutout.

2004 – Round 1, Game 7 against the Calgary Hitmen

A back and forth playoff series came to the penultimate game as the teams would finally settle the series in the seventh and deciding game.

Red Deer had the home-ice advantage so 5617 fans packed the Enmax Centrium for a thrilling, winner moves on game.

Joel Henituik scored five minutes into the game to give the Rebels an early lead. On a late power play, Shay Stephenson scored his third of the series to make it 2-0 as the teams headed to intermission.

Another late-period power play saw Stephenson score, extending the Rebels lead to 3-0. Red Deer appeared to be in the drivers seat, headed to a second-round playoff series.

Calgary had other ideas late in the third period. The Hitmen got goals 46 seconds apart to make the score 3-2. Thankfully for the Rebels, they were able to hit the back of the vacated Hitmen net to seal the game and series. The final score in this game was 4-2 Red Deer.

Cam Ward made 23 saves in the win.

2011 – Round 1, Game 4 against the Edmonton Oil Kings

The Rebels had a commanding 3-0 series lead as the teams lined up for Game 4 in Edmonton. Red Deer had allowed just five goals over the first three games.

The dominance continued as the Oil Kings could only muster one goal in this game. It was not enough as the Rebels had already scored four second period goals on their way to a 5-1 win.

Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves and was supported by two Brett Ferguson goals, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist as did Andrej Kudrna. Matt Dumba had the other goal for Red Deer as they closed out a 4-0 series sweep of Edmonton.

2018 – Round 1, Game 5 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes

Lethbridge led the series 3-1 as the teams returned to the Windy City for Game 5.

A high scoring affair saw the Hurricanes blow by the Rebels 6-4. Reese Johnson, Grayson Pawlenchuk, Brandon Hagel, and Alexander Alexeyev scored for Red Deer.

Brad Morrison had four points for Lethbridge and Taylor Ross added two goals.

Lethbridge took 50 shots at Ethan Anders as he made 44 saves in the loss.

The Rebels graduating players were Pawlenchuk and Mason McCarty.

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