Doug Wyrostok

Red Deer sends a message with 4-1 win at Lethbridge

Someone had to win.

The Red Deer Rebels, losers of two in a row, and the Lethbridge Hurricanes, who have dropped three straight, met in a playoff preview, with the Rebels coming out on top 4-1.

Brandon Hagel and Mason McCarty both had three point games in the win, Friday at Enmax Centre.

Lethbridge opened the scoring at 13:38 of the first, when Calen Addison snuck in from the point and converted a Dylan Cozens pass, beating Riley Lamb.

It would be the only lead Lethbridge had.

Kristian Reichel tied things up at the 17:01 mark of the period, finding the back of the net off a broken play.
Red Deer took the lead just 3:42 into the second frame when Hagel blocked a point shot, then beat Logan Flodell on a short-handed breakaway.

It stood as the game winner, and McCarty added an insurance marker 13:28 into the third, beating Flodell on a scramble in front of the Hurricane netminder.

McCarty added his second of the contest into the empty net at 18:32, sealing the win for the visiting Rebels.

Lamb was solid in the Rebels cage, stopping 26 of 27 shots, and was especially sharp late in the contest with Lethbridge pressing.

Flodell made 22 of 25 saves in the Hurricanes net.

The two teams will be likely first round playoff opponents, with the Hurricanes second in the Central Division with 70 points, and the Rebels third with 63.

Next up for Lethbridge will be a home contest against the Regina Pats Saturday night, while the Rebels travel to Medicine Hat to face the first place Tigers.

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