Erik Wentzel scored 3 times, and could have had a fourth, as the Rebels took care of business in a 5-1 win over the Nelson Leafs at the Complex tonight. Dylan Richardson and Anthony DeLong also scored for Castlegar, while Patrick Martens had the lone Leaf reply. Andrew Walton picked up the win in goal for the Rebels, while Darren Hogg was tagged with the loss. With the win, the Rebels improve to 9-3 on the season, while Nelson falls to 5-7.
I thought the Rebels played a much better team game tonight. They had a quick start thanks to Richardson's goal just over three minutes in, but never afforded Nelson much momentum save the few minutes after Martens' goal. AP callups Jesse Knowler and Riley Ostoforoff both played well; Knowler had lots of power-play time while 15 year-old Ostoforoff logged a lot of minutes on the back end, and added an assist in the place of Tyler Jones, who did not dress.
Up Next: Castlegar takes their show on the road to Grand Forks (7:30, Grand Forks Arena). Stuart Walton could be ruled out as he was involved in a second-fight situation in the third period, when he tangled (and held his own) against Nelson's Colton Malmsten.
Bits & Bites: Uriah Machuga made his Spokane Braves debut (for this season) tonight, his club beat Creston Valley 1-0. Beaver Valley was without forward Dallas Calvin (APed with Trail) in their 6-1 loss at Fernie. Former Hawk Scott Morisseau had a goal for Fernie while teammate (and fellow former Hawk) Thomas Abenante fought BV's Arie Postmus. Grand Forks lost 5-1 at home to Osoyoos, who still haven't lost in regulation. You may have noticed Penticton doesn't have any games scheduled this weekend. That's because the team is in Boston taking part in the annual Beantown Classic tournament. The Lakers (playing as Okanagan Hockey Academy) went 2-1 in their round-robin pool yesterday and today.