Ryan Aynsley scored a hat-trick and added three assists, and Alex Ross picked up his first KIJHL shutout as the Rebels scored early and often in a 7-0 win over Grand Forks. Matt Ridley, Darren Tarasoff, Anthony DeLong and Arthur Andrews also tallied for the Rebels, who improve to 6-1 on the season. Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow, I'll have post-game audio from Aynsley, Ross and head coach Steve Junker.
To me, Castlegar took advantage of a Grand Forks team that was high on energy but low on size. You could sense the frustration build up as the score got bigger, although the Border Bruins kept skating until the final whistle. I was impressed by Diego Bartlett's ability to join a revamped top line with Aynsley and DeLong, and thought the fourth line of Curtis Pereverzoff, Dylan Richardson and Josh McGladery worked hard at both ends. Grand Forks has a couple of talented players in Artsiom and Yan Kalashnikov. They both handle the puck well and created chances on virtually every shift. Watch for them as the season progresses.
In The Press Box: The Rebels were without forwards Tyler Robinson (suspension) and Spencer Brodt, who played sparingly Sunday afternoon in Spokane.
Up Next: The Rebels pay their first visit to Beaver Valley on Friday in a rematch of last Saturday's loss. Game time is 7:30 at the Beaver Valley Arena.
Bits & Bites: Spokane could have forward Jesse Collins back in their lineup tomorrow in Nelson, he had been with the NAHL's Wenatchee Wild. A pair of trades by Fernie: they shipped 19 year-old Dean Wilson to the Southern Oregon Spartans in the NORPAC league for futures, and also sent 18 year-olds Kevan Mikkelsen and Devin Bell to Columbia Valley to complete last year's Darrell Boldon deal.