RED DEER, Alta. – Wyatt Johnson scored a hat trick and added an assist as the Red Deer Rebels routed the Saskatoon Blades 7-1 on Wednesday night in Western Hockey League action. Michael Spacek, Austin Pratt, Ivan Nikolishin and Colton Bobyk supplied the rest of the offence for the Rebels (8-4-0), who won their third straight.
Conner Bleackley and Grayson Pawlenchuk tacked on two assists apiece.
Nick Zajac opened the scoring with a short-handed goal in the first period for Saskatoon (4-3-3).
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Rylan Toth started in goal for Red Deer but gave way to Trevor Martin after kicking out 2-of-3 shots in 5:25. Martin stopped all 15 shots he faced in 54:35 of relief. Nik Amundrud made 25 saves for the Blades.
The Rebels scored once on six power-play chances while Saskatoon was scoreless on four opportunities.
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Blades forward Connor Gay received a major penalty and game misconduct for cross checking at 8:52 of the second period. Red Deer’s Haydn Fleury was ejected in the same stoppage after a major for checking to the head.
The Blades continue their road trip on Friday when they take on the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook, B.C.