No home-ice advantage yet for the Castlegar Rebels. They dropped a 5-3 decision in Grand Forks and as a result, remain only 4 points up on the Spokane Braves for second in the Neil Murdoch Division. It's also the team's fourth straight loss.
I bet nobody feels worse than Rebels goaltender Andrew Walton, after an turnover 5:26 into the third period lead to the eventual game-winner by Cody Robertson. It was the Chilliwack product's 7th goal of the season. Grand Forks also had tallies from Gary Mahesh, Chris Vinette, Kevin Wong and Zachary Thompson. Rebel forward Spencer Brodt scored his 25th goal of the season on a first-period breakaway, Dylan Richardson and Erik Alden also tallied for the visitors.
Ross Gyurkovits and Curtis Pereverzoff sat out for Castlegar.
Ryan Garber made 38 saves for the Bruins, but many were from long range, as especially in the latter half of the game Castlegar had trouble pulling the trigger from in close. Kudos to coach Jesse Dorrans for the work he's done in the past month with this team. They looked 100 percent better than the last time I saw them, which was in Nelson in early January.
The game summary from the KIJHL website is available here as well.
Next up for the Rebels: another chance to lock home-ice advantage up as the Creston Valley Thunder Cats pay a visit Saturday (7:30 PM, Castlegar Complex). Of course, that could all be locked up if Grand Forks manages to win their fourth game in five tries tomorrow night at home to Spokane. The Thunder Cats are in the midst of a home-and-home with Beaver Valley. They won the opener tonight 4-0 at the Hawks Nest with Sunny Gill posting the shutout.