Yesterday was a great day for Castlegar minor hockey, as our bantam and pee-wee reps brought home two provincial Tier 3 titles. The bantams got to do it at home too, beating Dawson Creek 5-1 at the Complex. I managed to get to the rink in time to watch the third period, and must say I was very impressed by the turnout. The pee-wee club beat Terrace 6-4 at their provincial tourney in Winfield. I'm told the last time Castlegar teams were this dominant, a youngster named Shawn Horcoff was front and centre.
Game 2 of the Kootenay Conference finals goes tonight in Fernie, tune in to Mountain FM for the pre-game show at 6:15, puck drop at 6:30 from Fernie. The Leafs came up a bit short last night losing 2-1 in the series opener. They may have lost more than the game as well, as Jarrett Burke, Scott Jago and Sean Muller all left the game last night with injuries, and major midget players Troy Petrick, Dallon Stoddart and Adam Wheeldon could all draw into the lineup tonight as APs.
I traded emails with Rebels president Jim Craig this morning. He tells me the board of directors will meet soon to discuss the applications they've received for the club's vacant head coaching gig, although they will continue to accept resumes until April 10th.
A point of interest from the BCHL. Alberni Valley trails the Nanaimo Clippers 2 games to 1 in what could shape up to be quite the upset if the Clips find a way to win 2 more times. The Bulldogs have a Castlegar connection of course as 16 year-old defenceman Ryan Renz spent the first half of this year in Rebel silks. He scored a goal in Game 2 on Wednesday, a game Alberni won 3-2 in overtime.
Finally, a chance to check out some former KIJHL players on Shaw TV tonight. Kelowna and Vancouver go toe-to-toe in WHL action from the Coliseum. The Giants' leading scorer, Trail's Craig Cunningham is a former Beaver Valley Nitehawk, while the Rockets feature Castlegar natives Lucas and Evan Bloodoff, the latter having played for the Rebels in 2005-06.