Duncan Schulz's long slap-shot just seven seconds after a Diego Bartlett equalizer was all the Kamloops Storm needed to snap Castlegar's ten-game winning streak with a 5-4 win. Kevin Leschuk scored twice for Kamloops, while Kurt Torbohm and Josh Rasmussen added singles. Anthony DeLong replied with a pair for Castlegar, while Darren Tarasoff also scored.
Kamloops won this game with timely goals on the power-play. Torbohm's goal, which came on a 5-on-3, was quickly followed by a Leschuk tally as Kamloops erased a 2-1 second period deficit in less than half a minute.
The Rebels were clearly frustrated through much of the night, and were unable to get bounces on their home rink that seemed to have been a mainstay of the streak in recent weeks. The team was also short-handed, with news forward Adam Smith was APing with the BCHL's Cowichan Valley Capitals.
I spoke with both head coaches, Steve Junker and Tyler Liebel, after the game. I'll post that audio as part of my Rebels/Rockies preview tomorrow.
And even though it required a bit of creative texting, I was able to update the score via my twitter feed throughout tonight's game for the first time this season. As real-time scores are hard to come by given the ability for many score-keepers in the league to update, I hope it's yet another way the team can reach out to the fans (and fans of the KIJHL as a whole).
That's all for now, stay tuned for tomorrow's preview vs. Columbia Valley (who lost 4-1 at Beaver Valley tonight by the way).