Monday, February 22, 2010

Game 3: A Change of Scenery

The Castlegar Rebels, passports in tow, are off to Spokane for Games 3 and 4 against the Braves tonight (8:00 PM) and tomorrow (8:00 PM, both at Eagles Ice-A-Rena). Castlegar is in an enviable position, up 2 games to none after two big wins at home over the weekend.

Spokane will most certainly be a completely different team in their own building, however. We saw on Valentine's Day how dominant they can be in their home rink, and although the Rebels came back to win that particular affair 3-2, it was thanks to stellar goaltending from Alex Ross just as much as it was the work of the Keagan Little, Andrew Shaw, Dylan Richardson line scoring twice early in the third period to erase a 2-1 Spokane lead.

No official word on whether Braves forward Giuseppe Dippolito received any supplemental discipline for his checking from behind major Saturday night. Nothing is listed on the KIJHL website so one can assume he'll be good to go for Game 3. I'd also assume that Cash Ulrich will get right back between the pipes for Spokane after a forgettable, and short Game 2 outing.

Both games from Spokane will be webcast on the league website. If the Braves pick up a win tonight or tomorrow, Game 5 will be Thursday night in Castlegar at 7:30 PM.

In the other Neil Murdoch matchup, Beaver Valley heads home tonight looking to take a 2-1 series lead on the Nelson Leafs. Thanks to the net presence of 20 year-old Paul Barclay, the Nitehawks were a bounce away from winning both games at the NDCC over the weekend. For people in the Kootenay-Boundary looking for a live hockey fix, Game 3 will start at 7:00 PM at the Beaver Valley Arena in Fruitvale, with the same recipe for tomorrow's Game 4.

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