Anthony DeLong scored twice, and 15 year-old AP Jarrod Schamerhorn picked up his second career KIJHL win as the Rebels dispatched Grand Forks 5-1.
DeLong opened the scoring 17 seconds into the second period, converting a one-time pass from Tyler Robinson before adding the eventual game-winner at the 11:05 mark. Kwinn Mazzilli, Robinson and Stuart Walton also scored for Castlegar (32-6-0-0), while Zach Thompson replied for the Border Bruins.
The game was not without physicality. Ryan Reid and Cody Larsen were tossed 1:12 into the game for fighting, after the latter took exception to the former's check on Artsiom Kalashnikov. Diego Bartlett and Colton Mills scrapped in the second, before Kalashnikov took on Jamie Vlanich in the third.
Suspension Looming: Rebels forward Ryan Aynsley had a frustrating night. After hitting a post and being stoned by Bruins goaltender Ryan Ryman on several occasions, the 20 year-old from Kelowna was assessed a checking from behind major late in the third period for a hit on Grand Forks defenseman Derek Grimm. He'll sit at least one game (Friday at Spokane) for receiving a game misconduct within the final ten minutes. The rest, as they say, is up to the judges, though thankfully Grimm left the ice under his own power (he was hit hard earlier in the game by Taylor Anderson too).
Worthy of Mentioning: I thought Schamerhorn's AP teammate Joren Johnson did an admirable job on the back end. The Kootenay Ice major midget had several good poke-checks and used his size to his advantage against some smaller Bruins forwards, including Thompson. Erik Wentzel worked hard again tonight too, and Walton's goal was entirely created by Wentzel's persistent forechecking and a hard pass into the slot. Dylan Sahara also continues to impress me for Grand Forks. The 17 year-old has shown improvement in all facets of his game each time I've seen the Border Bruins.
Up Next: The Rebels visit Spokane Friday night (7:30, Eagles Ice-A-Rena) before hosting the Kelowna Chiefs Saturday (7:30, Complex).
Bits & Bites: Curtis Pereverzoff tells me he's hoping to return this weekend, but next week's games are a safer bet. I didn't see Spencer Brodt at the rink tonight, I'm told he's been ill. The Border Bruins were without Yan Kalashnikov and Nick Van Damme tonight. I interviewed Jonathan Bowman this afternoon, he's the man bringing the KIJHL back to Summerland next season. Watch for that on Mountain FM's Overtime and this blog as the week continues.