Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Late Season Additions Paying off for Red Deer; Rebels Beat Huskies 5-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Late Season Additions Paying off for Red Deer; Rebels Beat Huskies 5-2

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Late season additions paying off for Red Deer


RED DEER, Alta. - The Red Deer Rebels sold off parts of the future in an attempt to win the 2016 Memorial Cup as the host team. It paid off on Sunday.

Adam Helewka scored twice and Jake DeBrusk added a goal and two assists as the host Rebels beat the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5-2.

Helewka, 20, and 19-year-old DeBrusk were added near the WHL trade deadline along with Luke Philp, also 19. The trio of veterans cost Red Deer six roster players and six draft picks over the next two years, including a first-rounder in 2017.

"We know why we were brought here and this was a moment we had to be different makers," said Helewka, who scored 26 goals in 34 games for the Rebels after being acquired from the Spokane Chiefs.

"Me and Adam are both silently confident, we know we can do something good," added DeBrusk. "(And) don't discredit Luke Philp, us three as a line were buzzing tonight. Just a good night for us."

Philp had a single assist, but also won 21-of-31 faceoffs.

The victory keeps Red Deer's tournament hopes very much alive after losing its opener to the OHL champion London Knights. Another loss would have left the Rebels in a do-or-die situation in their final round-robin game of the tournament against the WHL champion Brandon Wheat Kings.

Evan Polei and Haydn Fleury also scored for the Rebels (1-1), while Rylan Toth made 22 saves.

Timo Meier and Julien Nantel struck for the Huskies (1-1), who got a 33-save outing from Chase Marchand.

Red Deer's Nelson Nogier, a 2014 Winnipeg Jets draft pick, took a cross-checking penalty 3:26 into the first period that led to the game's opening goal. Meier was able to beat Toth from just inside the right face-off circle for his third goal of the tournament 51 seconds into the power play.

It didn't take very long for the Huskies to double their lead as Nantel broke into the zone down the left side and snapped the puck through Toth's legs at the eight-minute mark.

Rebels coach Brent Sutter called a timeout right after the goal to try and reset, and it seemed to spark his team.

"Brent made a couple comments that really made us change our game," said Helewka, a 2015 San Jose Sharks draft pick. …

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