EDMONTON - Red Deer snapped a two-game losing skid as Carter Smith's shootout goal gave the Rebels a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings in WHL action Sunday afternoon.
Smith deked backhand then forehand to beat Oil King netminder Alex Archibald on the Rebels second attempt to seal the victory.
Edmonton (12-19-2-3) opened the scoring on the power play with 58 seconds left in the first frame. Shayne Neigum recorded his first WHL goal, tipping a point shot past Red Deer (10-23-4-1) netminder Morgan Clark.
The Oil Kings built a two goal lead early in the second only to fall behind 3-2 as Red Deer responded with three goals within a minute and thirteen seconds. Brett Breitkreuz would bury a cross-ice feed for Edmonton's second goal.
The Rebels responded 48 seconds later as Scott Doucet deked Archibald five-hole. Tomas Polak crashed the net for Red Deer's second and Cass Mappin tipped a wrist from the point for their third for the 3-2 lead.
Edmonton's Brent Raedeke snapped a 15-game goalless drought, banking a shot off the back of Clark and in to tie the game 3-3 with 4:29 remaining in the third.
The loss closed out Edmonton's season-high eight game homestand 2-5-1-0.
The game began a home-and-home series which resumes on Dec. 28 in Red Deer when both teams return to action after the Christmas break.