Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gameday: Rebels vs. Rockets

Fresh off last night's dramatic 5-4 win over Kimberley, the Rebels get right back to work this afternoon against the Golden Rockets (2:00 PM, Complex). The Rebels have had tough luck with Golden in recent years, having lost 3 of the last 4 meetings between the two clubs.

The Rebels found their offense at just the right time last night, scoring 4 goals in a wild third period that also saw a 4-1 lead evaporate in a matter of minutes. Taylor Anderson's shot throught the legs of Nitros' goaltender Tory Caldwell with 13.5 seconds left ended up being the difference.

It took a period or two for the Rebels to get back in the swing of things after a week off, and in my estimation the team is happy to get two points despite having two twenty-year olds out of the lineup. Players such as Stuart Walton and Josh McGladery stepped up with timely goals last night (the latter picking up his first in the KIJHL), we'll see who's turn it is to shine this afternoon.

Our Opponent: Golden (7-10-0-1, 4th Eddie Mountain division) is coming off a 7-4 loss last night at Osoyoos, and today's game is their third in less than three days (after a 6-4 win in Princeton on Friday night). Offensively, the Rockets are led by St. Albert product Tyler Fairall, who has 30 points in 18 games. Fellow forward Justin Fulton isn't far behind with 26 points. Golden has one of the younger rosters in the league, with Joshua MacDonald being the team's only overager. 17 year-old James Leonard has been getting the bulk of the minutes in goal, we'll see if he goes again today after playing both weekend games.

Broadcast Info: Our webcast will be available on KIJHL PPV beginning at 2:00 (Pacific time).

AP Watch: Matt Ridley
played his third game as a Westside Warrior last night, picking up an assist in a 6-3 loss at Merritt (he has 1-2-3 in his time in West Kelowna). He should be available for this afternoon's game.

In the Press Box: Erik Wentzel missed last night's game and will be out again today with an upper body injury. From the looks of things, it could be a couple of weeks before he returns.

Next 5:
Fri. 11/12 @ Grand Forks, 7:30 PM
Sat. 11/13 vs. Creston Valley, 7:30 PM
Fri. 11/19 vs. Kamloops, 7:30 PM
Sat. 11/20 vs. Columbia Valley, 7:30 PM
Fri. 11/26 @ Osoyoos, 7:35 PM

Out of Town:
Beaver Valley and Spokane finish off a home-and-home set this afternoon in Washington state. The Nitehawks won 4-1 on Friday, and had 3 players (Dallas Calvin, Chris Derochie and Ryan Dixon) AP for Trail last night. Nelson is at North Okanagan, they're 1-1 on their current road swing.

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