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Kai Uchacz makes it rain at the Peavey Mart Centrium on Toque and Teddy Bear Toss Night

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REBELS THIS WEEK

REBELS RECAP

SAT. DEC. 2 – Jhett Larson scored the lone goal of the shootout to give the Rebels a 3-2 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Kai Uchacz and Talon Brigley scored in regulation for the Rebels.

Chase Wutzke made 22 saves in regulation and overtime and turned aside all four Everett shootout attempts to earn the win. Red Deer outshot Everett 43-24 and was 0-for-2 on the power play while the Silvertips were 0-for-1.

FRI. DEC. 1 – The Rebels saw their five-game win streak come to an end by a score of 5-2 at the hands of the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Jhett Larson and Talon Brigley scored just 12 seconds apart in the first period for Red Deer’s offence on the night. Ollie Josephson had two assists to run his career long point streak to six games. Moose Jaw outshot Red Deer 37-33 and was 2-for-8 on the power play while the Rebels were 0-for-2.

TUE. NOV. 28 – In his 200th career game, Kai Uchacz scored 41 seconds into overtime to power the Rebels to a 4-3 win over the visiting Calgary Hitmen at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Kalan Lind netted a goal and assist in his return to the lineup after missing nine games to injury to reach 100 career points. Frantisek Formanek and Dwayne Jean Jr. also scored for Red Deer. Rhett Stoesser made 22 saves for his fifth-straight win. Red Deer outshot Calgary 31-25 and was 1-for-4 on the power play while the Hitmen were 1-for-6.

UPCOMING GAMES

The Rebels are out east this week for a four-game road trip that starts Tuesday night in Brandon versus the Wheat Kings (5-2 loss). They’ll take on the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday and will have an off-day Thursday before taking on the Saskatoon Blades Friday and Prince Albert Raiders to wrap up the trip on Saturday. All games this week start at 6 p.m. MT and will be broadcast exclusively on 106.7 REWIND Radio and CHL TV.

CAPTAIN KAI LETS ‘EM FLY

It was only fitting that one of the WHL’s elite goal scorers would score the most anticipated Rebels goal of the season as Kai Uchacz scored with 10.7 seconds left in the first period Saturday night versus Everett to make it rain at the Peavey Mart Centrium on Toque and Teddy Bear Toss Night. Rebels fans were generous in tossing thousands of stuffed animals, toques and other winter clothing items to the ice in support of the Red Deer Christmas Bureau.

Stonewall Stoesser

Second year netminder Rhett Stoesser is the Mitchell and Jewel Rebels Player of the Month for November. Stoesser was a sparkling 6-1-0-1 record in nine appearances last month with a .936 save percentage, 1.65 goals-against average and two shutouts. The Carstairs, AB native is fifth in the WHL this season in goals-against average (2.41) and sixth in save percentage (.916). Stoesser was the WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 19.

JOSEPHSON ON THE MARK

It was a November to remember for Ollie Josephson, on and off the ice. On the ice the sophomore centre from Victoria, BC authored a career high six-game point streak that carried over into December. Off the ice, he was honoured as the Rebels Telus Scholastic Player of the Month and received a brand-new Apple Watch courtesy of Telus.

STOCKING STUFFERS

Half-season ticket packages are still available if you’re looking for a perfect gift for the Rebels fan on your holiday shopping list. There are also single-game tickets, mini-packs, DQ Birthday Packs, group experiences and suites available for the second half of the season. Call the Rebels office for details at 403-341-6000 or visit reddeerrebels.com. where you can also find the link to the online Rebels Team Store (open in-person 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday).

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9 wins in a row! Rebels riding longest winning streak in the WHL this season!

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REBELS THIS WEEK

REBELS RECAP

The Rebels were once again perfect last week, going 2-0 to run their winning streak to 9 games – the longest in the WHL this season.

The club has also climbed into third place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Moose Jaw Warriors.

SAT. JAN. 27 – The Rebels held off a third period charge by the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings for a 5-3 win at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Kai Uchacz scored the game winner and added an empty net insurance tally to surpass 50 points on the season. Jhett Larson had a goal and an assist. Evan Smith and Carson Birnie also scored for the Rebels and Mats Lindgren had a pair of assists. Chase Wutzke made several key saves once again as he won his eighth-straight start.

FRI. JAN 26 – The Rebels exploded for six goals in the second period on their way to a 6-3 win over the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Hunter Mayo scored twice and Matteo Fabrizi and Mats Lindgren once each as the Rebels got four of their six goals on the night from defencemen. Kalan Lind and Frantisek Formanek also scored for Red Deer. Kai Uchacz had three assists.

UPCOMING GAMES

The Rebels head east this week for a trip that will see the club play five games in seven days.

Jan. 31 at Prince Albert 6 p.m. MT

Feb. 2 at Brandon 6 p.m. MT

Feb. 3 at Moose Jaw 6 p.m. MT

Feb. 4 at Regina 3 p.m. MT

Feb. 6 at Swift Current 6 p.m. MT

(all games broadcast live on 106.7 REWIND Radio and CHL TV)

The next Rebels home game comes up on Friday, February 9th when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Tickets for all Rebels home games are available at ticketsalberta.com.

80’S/NICKELODEON NIGHT

RE/MAX Presents: Nickelodeon Nights for Children’s Miracle Network is a charitable initiative driven by RE/MAX in partnership with Paramount Global, the parent company of global kids and family brand Nickelodeon. The 2022-23 edition saw nearly $160,000 raised in support of Children’s Hospital Foundations across Western Canada. The Rebels will be taking part when the host the Moose Jaw
Warriors on Friday, February 9th at 7 p.m. Stay tuned to Rebels social media in the days leading up to the game to see what Nickelodeon-themed special jerseys the club will be wearing that night.

SOCKEY DAY IN RED DEER

When the Rebels host the Lethbridge Hurricanes for a Family Day Matinee on Monday, February 19th at 2 p.m. it will once again be Sockey Day in Red Deer in support of United Way Central Alberta. Fans attending the game will receive a pair of socks, provided by generous community partners, or bring their own to toss on the ice during the game. These socks will be gathered by volunteers and distributed through various agencies to people in need throughout central Alberta. More details at caunitedway.ca.

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Rebels stopping the competition – One of the hottest teams in Canada!

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REBELS THIS WEEK

REBELS RECAP

The Rebels were a perfect 3-0 on the week while running their season-long winning streak to seven games (tied with Everett for the longest current streak in the WHL).

SAT. JAN. 20 – Ollie Josephson scored late in the third period for his second game winning goal in as many nights as the Rebels edged the visiting Prince Albert Raiders 2-1 at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Kalan Lind scored in period one to run his point streak to five games. Chase Wutke made 26 saves on the night, including 14 in the third period. Prince Albert outshot Red Deer 27-18 and was 1-for-3 on the power play while the Rebels were 0-for-4.

FRI. JAN. 19 – The Rebels grounded the high-flying Medicine Hat Tigers for a 3-1 road win at Co-op Place. Kalan Lind had a power play goal and an assist. Ollie Josephson and Kai Uchacz (empty net) also scored while Chase Wutzke made 30 saves for the win. Medicine Hat outshot Red Deer 31-24 on the night and both teams were 1-for-5 on the power play.

WED. JAN. 17 – Hunter Mayo’s first career hat trick helped lead the Rebels to a thrilling 5-4 win over the top-ranked Saskatoon Blades at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Talon Brigley and Frantisek Formanek also scored for Red Deer. Kai Uchacz and Kalan Lind each had two assists. Chase Wutzke made 31 saves, several of them in spectacular fashion. Saskatoon outshot Red Deer 35-27 and was 1-for-3 on the power play while the Rebels were 1-for-1.

UPCOMING GAMES

Two more home games for the Rebels this weekend at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Both games start at 7 p.m.

FRI. JAN. 26 – The Edmonton Oil Kings are in town for the second time this month. The Rebels defeated Edmonton 4-1 at the Peavey Mart Centrium on January 13.

SAT. JAN. 27 – The Brandon Wheat Kings visit for Country and Western Night. It’s also the latest edition of the ever-popular Beer Special night ($10 for two domestic cans).

Tickets for all Rebels home games are available at ticketsalberta.com.

WUTZKE WINS AGAIN… AGAIN!

For the second-straight time and the third time this season, Rebels netminder Chase Wutzke has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 21. The 2024 NHL Draft-eligible puckstopper went 3-0-0-0 for the second consecutive week, posting a 2.00 goals-against average and .292 save percentage. He was the first star of the game in wins Friday at Medicine Hat and Saturday at home versus Prince Albert. The 6-foot-2 netminder was selected by Red Deer in the second round, 40th overall in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. NHL Central Scouting has ranked Wutzke 13th among North American goalies in its midterm draft rankings.

THE GOAL HUNTER

Hunter Mayo netted his first WHL hat trick January 17 vs. Saskatoon. It’s the first hat trick by a Rebels defenceman since Dion Phaneuf – January 26, 2003, vs. Medicine Hat.

ON THE RADAR

Four Red Deer Rebels are included in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau mid-season rankings for the 2024 NHL Draft.

North American Skaters                                   North American Goaltenders

Ollie Josephson – 43rd                                              Chase Wutzke – 13th

Samuel Drancak – 221st                                            Rhett Stoesser – 28th

Josephson will play at the 2024 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday, January 24 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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