Jhett Larson has scored 3 times in the first 2 games of the season. (Photo by Rob Wallator)
News release from the Red Deer Rebels
SWEEPING START TO THE SEASON
The Rebels kicked off the new season in fine style over the weekend with a home-and-home sweep of the defending league champion Edmonton Oil Kings. It started Friday up at Rogers Place with the Rebels spoiling the party on championship banner night for the Oil Kings with a 5-2 road win. Jhett Larson and Hunter Mayo each had two goals and an assist. Tanner Brown had three assists while Talon Brigley added a pair.
The Rebels followed up with a 5-3 win Saturday night in the Red Deer Advocate Home Opener at the Peavey Mart Centrium. Larson and Mayo each scored again while Frantisek Formanek, Kai Uchacz (game winner) and Carter Anderson (second goal in as many nights) also found the back of the net.
It’s fun when you have a goalie win his first ever WHL game, and it’s even better when it happens twice in as many nights!
That was the case for the Rebels last weekend as newcomer Kyle Kelsey (Maple Ridge, BC) made 28 saves in his first ever WHL regular season game for his first ever victory. Kelsey was acquired by the Rebels in an offseason trade with Moose Jaw.
Rhett Stoesser (Carstairs, AB) followed suit Saturday by making 22 saves to earn the win in his WHL regular season debut. He also earned an assist in the game. Stoesser was a free agent invite to Rebels training camp and signed with the team during the preseason.
There were many other impressive performances by Rebels players on opening weekend:
- Defenceman Hunter Mayo scored three goals in two games to match his goal total from all of last season
- Forward Jhett Larson also scored three goals in two games and five points overall
- Defenceman Tanner Brown recorded four assists in his first two games with the Rebels
- Forward Carter Anderson scored goals in back-to-back games
- Rookie forward Ollie Josephson recorded assists in back-to-back games
BEDARD, BEER, BOTTLE DRIVE
There is just one game this week for the Rebels as they welcome Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats to the Peavey Mart Centrium this Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at ticketsalberta.com. Fans are encouraged to bring in their empties and non-perishable food items as we team up with our friends at Cosmos Bottle Depot in support of the Red Deer Food Bank. Fans can also take advantage of the Two-for-$10 Beer Special for this game!
SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
Season ticket packages for the 2022-23 WHL Regular Season are still available. Also available are 9-game packages, single-game tickets, Birthday Packs and Corporate Packages. Visit reddeerrebels.com for call Shaun Richer at 403-341-6000 to learn more.
Two Rebels players remain at camps with NHL clubs as of Monday – Ben King with the Anaheim Ducks (Drafted 2022), and Mats Lindgren with the Buffalo Sabres (Drafted 2022). Defenceman Christoffer Sedoff has returned to the Rebels after attending camp with the Calgary Flames. Defenceman Jace Weir is back from camp with the Vegas Golden Knights. And the captain Jayden Grubbe has also returned from camp with the New York Rangers.
First place Rebels host Tigers Wednesday then it’s Friday Funday vs the Oil Kings
REBELS THIS WEEK Submitted by the Red Deer Rebels
Lot’s going on this Friday, December 9 when the Edmonton Oil Kings visit the Peavey Mart Centrium, including the annual Toque & Teddy Toss!
After the Rebels first goal, throw your toques, mitts, scarves, and teddys onto the ice, in support of the Red Deer Christmas Bureau. (Please place all items inside a plastic bag before launching!)
Beer Night is also back, with 2 for $10 domestic regular cans available wherever beer is sold on the concourse.
Then after the game, stick around for the full team autograph session!
EYE ON THE TIGERS
The Medicine Hat Tigers return to the Peavey Mart Centrium this Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. The Rebels have earned three of a possible four points versus the Tigers so far this season (1-0-0-1).
TOP OF THE TABLE
The Rebels are the second team in the WHL to reach 40 points on the season with a record of 18-5-1-3. Red Deer continues the sit atop the Central Division standings, nine points up on Lethbridge, and is second overall in the WHL Eastern Conference.
Kai Uchacz continues to lead the way offensively for the Rebels. With three more assists last weekend, the Okotoks native leads Red Deer with 33 points on the season. He remains tied for second in the WHL with 18 goals.
Hunter Mayo is tied for first amongst all WHL defenceman with 10 goals on the season, including seven power play tallies which ties him for fourth in the entire WHL
Christoffer Sedoff recently became the 14th Rebels defenceman to record 100 career points. The Helsinki, Finland native is riding a four-game point streak (1 goal, 4 assists).
HOCKEY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
This holiday season, give the gift of an experience with a night out at the Rebels game! This holiday package includes your choice of grey or black toque with either two or four game night vouchers to be used at any 2022-2023 regular season game. Each voucher may be used for a single ticket of any type of admission to a 2022-2023 regular season Rebels game redeemable through the Tickets Alberta box office in the Peavey Mart Centrium.
First place Rebels look to correct course with two upcoming home tilts
Submitted by the Red Deer Rebels
Rebels This Week
HUGE HOME CROWD
In their first home game in three weeks, the Red Deer Rebels were welcomed back to the Peavey Mart Centrium by more than 5,100 fans Saturday night. It was the second-largest home crowd of the year and second time that over 5,000 fans have turned out for a Rebels game this season. It was also Ag Appreciation Night, presented by Brandt, as the Rebels fell 4-2 in a tightly contested affair to the Brandon Wheat Kings.
TOP OF THE CENTRAL
The Rebels continue to sit atop the standings in the WHL Central Division thanks to a 16-4-0-2 record for 34 points. The Calgary Hitmen are next with 25 points followed by Lethbridge with 23.
SPONGE BOB FOR A CAUSE
The Red Deer Rebels will host the RE/MAX Presents: Nickelodeon Night for Children’s Miracle Network on Friday, November 25, 2022, at the Peavey Mart Centrium when they take on the Medicine Hat Tigers at 7 p.m.
The special theme will be SpongeBob SquarePants. Game-worn jerseys from the RE/MAX Presents: Nickelodeon Night for Children’s Miracle Network will be auctioned on game night in an IN-BUILDING ONLY Silent Auction, with proceeds in support of Children’s Miracle Network.
Get a Family Pack for $83! Includes two adult tickets, two child tickets, four hot dogs and four pop.
Fans can purchase tickets at reddeerrebels.com.
Following Friday’s game, the Rebels are back in action Saturday night at the Peavey Mart Centrium versus the Prince Albert Raiders. The Rebels are 1-0 so far this season versus the Raiders. Game time is 7 p.m.
Then on Sunday, the Rebels pay a visit to Calgary to battle the Hitmen at 6 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Rebels are 2-0 versus Calgary this season.
Rebels captain Jayden Grubbe was recently named the Rebels Mitchell and Jewel Player of the Month for October.
TICKETS PACKAGES FOR EVERYONE
Can’t make it to every game? The Rebels have Corporate Voucher and 9-Game ticket packages available to make it easier to pick which home games work best for you. Half-season ticket packages are also available for the second half of the 2022-23 season. Call Shaun Richer at the Rebels office for details 403-341-6000.
‘TIS THE SEASON
Now is the time to get the perfect holiday gift for the Red Deer Rebels fan in your life! Stay tuned to reddeerrebels.com and our social media channels for previews of just some of the great merchandise we have available for purchase at the Rebels Team Store at the Peavey Mart Centrium, and online.
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