EDMONTON - Carter Smith scored his second goal of the game with just over a minute remaining in regulation as the Red Deer Rebels defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-3 Wednesday in Western Hockey League action.
Red Deer ended a three-game losing streak, while the Oil Kings had their losing streak extended to three.
Edmonton (9-10-1-3) tied the game at 3-3 midway through the third with Cameron Cepek's second goal of the night, a wrist shot from the point that sifted through Edmonton goalie Morgan Clark.
It wasn't enough as Red Deer (6-15-4-1) came back with Smith's late goal.
Each team scored two power-play goals in the first period. Two point blasts from Oil Kings defencemen Brandon Lockerby and Cepek opened the scoring before the seven minute mark of the first.
Smith responded with a wrist shot under Oil Kings goalkeeper Alex Archibald, then two minutes later Tomas Polak poked a loose puck past a sprawled Archibald into an open cage.
The only first period even strength marker came for Red Deer's Mike Krgovich, who slipped a puck in on a broken play in front to put the Rebels up 3-2 heading into the second.
Red Deer nearly made it a two-goal lead six minutes into the second when a floating shot from the point bounced off the outside of the post by Dalyn Flette, who replaced Archibald to start the second. Archibald allowed three goals on seven shots.
Flette made 15 saves for the Oil Kings. Clark stopped 29 shots in net for Red Deer.