Ryan Painter scored four goals and assisted on five others as the Ottawa Rebel snapped an eight-game losing streak 20-15 over the Calgary Roughnecks Saturday before 8,854 at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
After giving up a goal to Calgary's Kyle Goundrey in the 25th second of play, the Rebel took control with a run of nine unanswered tallies. Jake Lawson notched three of his four goals in the first 3:55, equalizing at 55 seconds, giving the Rebel a 2-1 lead at 2:18 and boosting the advantage to 4-1 at 3:55. Dan Marone, Chris Konopliff, Mike Benedict, Painter, Jamie Roy and John Tarbell rounded out the barrage.
The Roughnecks, mired in their own six-game losing streak, appeared to get on track in the second stanza, closing the gap with goals by Bruce Alexander at 1:42, Goundrey at 5:35 and John Kilbride at 6:04, but couldn't hold the momentum. The Rebel closed out the period with their own four-goal run to hold a commanding 13-4 halftime advantage.
The Rebel led 17-9 after three quarters, and held off a late six-goal Calgary rally to give new head coach Lindsay Sanderson his first win in five games.
Painter was the game's high scorer, despite being ejected for fighting in the fourth quarter. Lawson (4 4) and Konopliff (2 6) both finished with eight points for the Rebel, and Marone added two goals and three assists.
Goundrey, Kaleb Toth and Chris Panos all recorded hat tricks for Calgary, and Goundrey, Ben Prepchuk and Jesse Phillips each had three assists.
Winning goalie Matt Disher finished with 39 saves.