Ryan Aynsley's power-play goal mid-way through the third period lifted Castlegar to an ugly 4-3 win over the Creston Valley Thunder Cats tonight at the Complex. Linemate Taylor Anderson scored twice, while Anthony DeLong added his 12th goal of the season for the Rebels. Robbie Stuckey had a pair of his own for the visitors, with Brock Ward chipping in a third for Creston Valley.
The incident that had everyone talking in the lobby occurred in the first period, however. As he was looking down to clear the puck, Thunder Cat captain Travis Ludwar was drilled by Rebels defenseman Erik Alden, and was down on the ice for several minutes before being assisted off the ice (quite groggily I'll add) by teammates and medical staff from both clubs. Alden was assessed a head-checking major and a game misconduct by referee Mike Page. Ludwar did not return, hopefully the 20 year-old will be back in the Creston lineup sooner rather than later.
An interesting roster note as well for those in touch with Creston's situation. The Thunder Cats backup tonight was not Arizona product Ryan Garber, who is listed on the KIJHL website, but rather Weston Joseph, who is listed as a member of the Princeton Posse. For the record, the Posse seem to be going with the tandem of Brett Patchett and Sky Buller, though Joseph has appeared in 9 games for them this season.
Up Next: The Kamloops Storm pay their only visit to the Complex Friday night (a 7:30 start). The Storm have turned things around of late, winning 6 straight (including a 5-2 victory over Sicamous tonight).
New Blood: The Rebels have brought in forward Kwinn Mazzilli from the SJHL's La Ronge Ice Wolves. Mazzilli was traded there by the AJHL's Okotoks Oilers but opted to come to Castlegar instead. He's been with the team for over a week, but has been unable to play because of delays in getting his paperwork processed. The native of The Woodlands, Texas should be in the lineup for next weekend's games.
Out of Town: Beaver Valley lost 5-2 in Kelowna, meaning the Rebels have a two-point edge on first place in the division (as well as five games in hand). Nelson took care of Grand Forks 5-2 at the NDCC Arena, while Spokane got an overtime winner from Guisseppe Dippolito to defeat Columbia Valley 5-4 in Invermere.