Friday, October 1, 2010

Gameday: Rebels @ Nitehawks

**2:30 PM -- Updated with Coach's Corner**

The Rebels and Nitehawks tangle for the second time in a week, this time in Fruitvale (7:30, Beaver Valley Arena). It's a chance for Castlegar to redeem themselves against a Beaver Valley club that has handed them their only loss of the season thus far, and if that game was anything to go by, there will be no love lost between these two clubs tonight. The Rebels are coming off a 7-0 win Tuesday night against Grand Forks; Ryan Aynsley scored 6 points while Alex Ross picked up the shutout.

Last Meeting: Beaver Valley rode the strength of 5 unanswered goals, 4 of them on the power-play last Saturday night in Castlegar in a 5-2 win. The turning point of the game was an incident in the second period. Rebels forward Adam Smith took out Nitehawk goaltender Mike Vlanich and was promptly pounced upon by four Nitehawks. Both Smith and BV forward Tyler Collins were tossed, and though the Rebels scored on the ensuing power-play, the Nitehawks came together as a team in the second half of the game.

In the Press Box:
forward Tyler Robinson will sit this one out as he serves the final game of his 2-game suspension. We'll see if forward Spencer Brodt returns to the lineup after sitting out Tuesday.

Coach's Corner: taking the reins from Steve Junker behind the bench tonight is assistant coach Topher Plonka. Junker is in Cranbrook at a coaching clinic and due to a scheduling conflict, won't be at tonight's game. I chatted with Plonka about tonight's contest, hear that interview here.

Our Opponent:
Beaver Valley could have two new faces in the lineup. According to our friends at RiderNews in Fernie, they've acquired a pair of forwards, Keanan Patershuk and Mason Spear from the Riders in separate deals. Spear spent last season with the Kimberley Dynamiters, while Patershuk has recently been cut from Trail. Beaver Valley hasn't played since Sunday, when they beat Grand Forks 3-1 at home.

Who's Hot: Castlegar comes in with 2 players in the top 10 in the KIJHL in scoring. Aynsley leads the circuit with 18 points in 7 games (8-10), while Erik Wentzel sits 9th with 10 points (6-4). The Nitehawks are led offensively by Ryon Sookro and Colton Donselaar (who each have 6 points). They both scored in last weekend's meeting.

Broadcast Info: BV will supply the webcast tonight, puck drop is at 7:30.

Next 5:
Sat. 10/02 vs. Spokane, 7:30 PM
Fri. 10/08 @ Creston Valley, 6:30 PM
Sat. 10/09 vs. Beaver Valley, 7:30 PM
Fri. 10/15 vs. Nelson, 7:30 PM
Sat. 10/16 @ Grand Forks, 7:30 PM

Out of Town: This matchup is one of 8 on the KIJHL schedule, and only Nelson has the night off in the Neil Murdoch division. Grand Forks is home to the undefeated Fernie Ghostriders, while Spokane welcomes the similarly undefeated Revelstoke Grizzlies. Spokane (3-5) is in Castlegar tomorrow night.

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