RED DEER, Alberta -- Justin Feser had two goals in his first game in his hometown, but his efforts weren't enough as the Tri-City Americans squandered a three-goal lead en route to a 4-3 shootout loss to Red Deer on Wednesday night.
Tri-City, clinging to a 3-2 lead late in the game, gave up a power-play goal to Willie Coetzee with 2:45 to play in regulation to tie the game.
Scoreless in overtime, the game went to a shootout, where Red Deer's Landon Ferraro had the only goal for the win.
The Americans (36-12-0-2, 74 points) lead the U.S. Division and Western Conference, and have the best record in the WHL -- three points better than Saskatoon and Brandon.
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Feser, a Red Deer native, scored the first two goals of the game as the Americans took a 2-0 first period lead. Brendan Shinnimin extended the lead to 3-0 just 1:18 into the second, chasing Rebels starter Darcy Kuemper from the net after allowing three goals on 10 shots.
Kraymer Barnstable stopped all 14 Tri-City shots the rest of the game to force the shootout. Andrej Kudrna also had two goals for the Rebels.
Drew Owsley, failing in his bid to pick up his 30th win, finished with 33 saves for Tri-City, which will play at Edmonton on Friday.