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Rebels take 4 game win streak into Wednesday’s showdown with Saskatoon

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REBELS THIS WEEK

REBELS RECAP

The Rebels are hot as they enter the week on a four-game winning streak and with points in a season high seven-straight.

SAT. JAN. 13 – Captain Kai Uchacz scored his first hat trick of the season to lead the Rebels to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings as the Peavey Mart Centrium. Uchacz reached 25 goals on the season as he scored even strength, on a power play and into an empty net. Dwayne Jean Jr. scored an empty netter to run his point streak to three games. Chase Wutzke allowed just one goal against for the third game in a row. Red Deer outshot Edmonton 41-29 and was 1-for-4 on the power play while Edmonton was 0-for-5.

FRI. JAN. 12 – A two-goal first period would be enough for the Rebels in a solid 3-1 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Carson Birnie scored 29 seconds into the game. Talon Brigley scored the eventual game winner late in the opening frame. Mats Lindgren scored a power play tally late in period two. Kalan Lind had two assists and Chase Wutzke earned the win in net. Red Deer outshot Tri-City 49-19 and was 1-for-4 on the power play while the Americans were 0-for-3.

WED. JAN. 10 – Samuel Drancak and Jeramiah Roberts scored 47 seconds apart early in the third period to lift the Rebels to a 3-1 win over the visiting Spokane Chiefs at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Frantisek Formanek scored for Red Deer in the first period. Ollie Josephson earned an assist to run his point streak to a career-high tying six games. Chase Wutzke made 24 saves for the win. Red Deer outshot Spokane 34-25 and was 0-for-4 on the power play while the Chiefs were 1-for-5.

UPCOMING GAMES

It’s a three-game week for the Rebels, including special event games at the Peavey Mart Centrium.

WED. JAN. 17 – The Rebels welcome the conference leading Saskatoon Blades back to town. The first 2,000 fans through the doors will receive a free lunch bag courtesy of Prairie Bus Lines.

FRI. JAN. 19 – The Rebels visit the Medicine Hat Tigers for a key Central Division matchup.

SAT. JAN. 21 – We celebrate Woolly Bully’s birthday as the Rebels host the Prince Albert Raiders. Stick around after the game for a postgame skate and a slice of birthday cake in honour of the most popular mascot in the WHL!

WUTZKE WINS AGAIN

Chase Wutzke has been named WHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 14. The 2024 NHL Draft-eligible puckstopper went 3-0-0-0 in three straight starts, registering a 1.00 goals-against average and .959 save percentage. This marks the second time this season that Wutzke has earned Goaltender of the Week honours. He was also named WHL Goaltender of the Month for December. 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.

UCHACZ A TOP 10 HIT

In his third season with the club, Kai Uchacz is now one of the top ten leading goal scorers in Rebels franchise history.

Player                    GP     Goals     Seasons              Player                  GP       Goals        Seasons

Arron Asham        266         131         1994-1998             Greg Schmidt        194         94              1994-1997

Justin Mapletoft   281         115         1996-2001             Shawn McNeil      144         91              1997-1999

B.J. Young              151         112         1994-1997             Kai Uchacz         160       89            2021-2024

Brandon Hagel     259         103         2015-2019            Jon Zukiwsky       301         87               1993-1998

Ben King                165         97           2019-2023            Craig Reichert       138         84              1992-1994

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First 1,500 Rebel fans to Friday’s game to receive Arron Asham bobblehead

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The all-time leading scorer in Red Deer Rebels history is being honoured with his very own bobblehead.

Arron Asham was unveiled Tuesday by presenting sponsor Carpet One as the latest Rebels bobblehead, which will be given to the first 1,500 fans through the doors at this Friday’s game (March 1) at the Peavey Mart Centrium between the Rebels and Swift Current Broncos.

Asham played 266 regular season games with the Rebels from 1994-98, compiling a franchise best 292 points. He sits first in team history with 131 goals and second in assists with 161. Asham also had 37 points in 31 playoff games with the Rebels.

The Portage La Prairie, MB, native was drafted 71st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and went on to play 789 NHL games over 15 seasons with Montreal, the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New York Rangers.

Asham becomes the ninth Rebels legend to be honoured with a bobblehead, joining Colby Armstrong, Matt Dumba, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Dion Phaneuf, Brandon Sutter, Cam Ward, Cam Moon, and Woolly Bully.

Asham, along with several other Rebels Alumni, will be in attendance at Friday’s game. Fans will be able to meet and get an autograph from Asham during the second intermission. 

Tickets for Friday’s game (doors open 6 p.m. with puck drop at 7 p.m.) at the Peavey Mart Centrium are available now through Tickets Alberta.

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

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Photo courtesy 0f the Red Deer Rebels / Taylor Lachance

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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