Call it a see-saw affair, a game of shinny, or a scoreline reminiscent of an awful NFL game, the Rebels will prefer to call it their ninth straight win.
They sweep the home-and-home over the Spokane Braves after a game that had as many twists and turns as the average Kootenay highway. What was a 7-3 lead late in the second period quickly turned into a nail-biter in the third thanks to several Brave power-play goals, but ultimately Stuart Walton's second of the match turned out to be the game-winner, as the Rebels head into the holiday break in first place with a record of 27-5.
Erik Wentzel and Curtis Pereverzoff also each had a pair of goals, while Arthur Andrews and Mike Wiest added singles for Castlegar. Jacob Holmes scored twice for Spokane as did Uriah Machuga, while Tyler Mort, Jesse Collins and Nick Farmer also tallied for Spokane.
Cole Buckley picked up the victory for Castlegar, while McKinlee Baum, despite playing less than half the game after relieving Garrett Barr, was tagged with the loss.
Up Next: The Rebels aren't back in action until December 29th when they host the Nelson Leafs (7:30, Complex). Should be a dandy, but until then it's time for a much-deserved break (although I will admit the game tonight was a significant distraction as my girlfriend and I are busily preparing to move into our new house tomorrow).
I'll post audio reaction from the weekend early next week, but barring a gigantic KIJHL story I'll be taking a break along with the team until the typical gameday package on the 29th.