This Week in History, April 19-25, 2001 - Rebels Memorial Cup Run
Broncos 4 Rebels 3 (OT)
The Rebels opened their best-of-seven WHL Eastern Conference final against the Swift Current Broncos on a negative note, falling 4-3 in overtime in front of 6,489 fans at the Centrium.
Red Deer's Colby Armstrong scored the series' opening-goal at 19:25 of the first period and the Rebels went up 2-0 when Joel Stepp connected 6:15 into the second period.
But the visitors rallied with three consecutive goals off the sticks of Duncan Milroy (power play, 8:42 of the second period), Tim Smith (3:02 of the third) and Layne Ulmer, who scored at 6:31 of the third.
Justin Mapletoft forced overtime with a goal just over five minutes later - his 10th of the playoffs - and Milroy potted his second of the game - and the winner - at 12:45 of the extra period.
BJ Boxma was splendid in the Broncos net, making 30 saves. Shane Bendera turned aside 17 shots for the Rebels.
Rebels 3 Broncos 2
The Rebels rolled to a 3-0 lead before hanging on for a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the series.
A Centrium crowd of 6,295 roared in approval as Kyle Wanvig opened the scoring with a power play goal 6:59 into the contest.
Martin Erat, with a short-handed tally just nine minutes later - his 11th goal of the post-season - and Jeff Smith, at 5:42 of the second period, gave the Rebels a seemingly comfortable three-goal cushion.
The Broncos, however, replied with Clay Thoring's goal at 8:48 of the middle frame and Tim Smith made it a one-goal game 26 seconds into the third period.
That's as close as Swift Current would get, though, as Bendera made 28 saves and Boxma blocked 27 shots.
Broncos 3 Rebels 2 (OT)
The conference final shifted to Swift Current for Games 3 and 4 and the Broncos regained the series lead with a 3-2 overtime conquest.
The Rebels got the game's opening goal from Mapletoft (pictured below), a power play marker near the midway point of the first period, but Ulmer made it a 1-1 contest six minutes later.
Erat notched a short-handed goal for the second game in succession at 6:59 of the second period, but the hosts got a tying tally from Nathan Smith with just over four minutes remaining in regulation time.
Tim Smith ended it 16:07 into overtime, leading one Broncos fan - overheard by a Red Deer Advocate writer - to predict "Broncos in five." Turned out to be a bad call.
Boxma was the Broncos' best player in Game 3 - witnessed by 2,305 fans - with a 40-save performance. Bendera made 31 saves for the visitors.
Rebels 2 Broncos 1
Wanvig scored the decisive goal at 13:17 of the third period as the visiting Rebels pulled out a 2-1 victory in Game 4, witnessed by an audience of 2,501.
Rebels forward Colby Armstrong potted the game's first goal at 5:01 of the second period before Ulmer pulled the Broncos even just under five minutes later.
Bendera made 19 saves as the Rebels pulled into a 2-2 series deadlock. Boxma stopped 22 shots in a losing effort.
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