Scott Morisseau showed why he leads the KIJHL in scoring. His hat-trick led the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to an 8-1 win over the Rebels this afternoon in Fruitvale. Brett Naka, Aaron Hadley, Layne Stopanski, Chris Derochie and Ryan Sookro added singles for Beaver Valley, while Patrick Christie had the lone Rebel tally, his 3rd of the season since joining the team from the AJHL. Castlegar held a 37-26 advantage in shots, but a member of the coaching staff told me after the game that Beaver Valley managed to capitalize on virtually every chance they had. Andrew Walton made his third straight start for Castlegar but he was replaced by Alex Ross in the third period. Morisseau, by the way, now has 84 points on the season (33-51), which is 9 points ahead of the league's second-leading scorer, who just happens to be his teammate Stopanski. The Rebels' Ryan Aynsley sits third in the KIJHL with 72 (36-36).
Game summary is available here.
The Rebels' next action is Thursday night when they travel to Grand Forks. It's become a much more important game, as the Rebels need a victory from one of their final three games to ensure home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Elsewhere in the KIJHL this afternoon, Princeton got 3 goals from Ben Morgan to whip Kamloops 8-3, and Penticton continued their push for the final playoff spot in the Okanagan Division doubling up Sicamous 6-3.
Mountain FM's appearance at Element Bar & Grill's Super Bowl party had a Rebels twist too. Turns out head coach Brent Heaven ended up winning the La-Z-Boy recliner we had up for grabs. I swear it wasn't rigged. It was nice to be able to have a quick chat with Heaven and assistant Topher Plonka (who also works in our office at Mountain FM) away from the rink. As for Super Bowl XLIV, I personally think it came down to one play, and that was New Orleans' decision to try an onside-kick to start the second half. It was definitely what you'd call a high-risk, high-reward play, and it was a play that I believe changed the momentum of the game. Indianapolis couldn't mount any type of offence until late in the fourth, when an interception and goal-line stand on successive drives thwarted any chance of a comeback. Congrats to the Saints and their fans, we all know how much the city of New Orleans has been through in the past few years and I think the team's evolution from perennial doormat (2 playoff wins in 42 years) to Super Bowl champion has really been something for the people of the Big Easy to rally around. Bourbon Street is sure to be wild tonight!