Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Gameday: Rebels @ Border Bruins

The Castlegar Rebels can set a new franchise record for wins in a season tonight in Grand Forks (7:30, GF Arena).

With Saturday's win over Nelson, the team reached the 40-victory plateau for only the second time in franchise history (2000-01 being the first), but the Rebels, in their 35 years of existence, have never won 41 or more games in a season.

To do it tonight, they'll need to get past a plucky Border Bruins club looking to play spoiler. Grand Forks is also looking to avoid the season series sweep.

Last Meeting: Anthony DeLong scored twice in a 5-1 Rebels victory at the Complex, back on January 18th.

Our Opponent: Grand Forks (7-39-0-1) has lost 15 straight games, their last victory being the crazy 6-5 overtime win in Nelson on December 12th. They haven't won at home since a 5-2 victory over Beaver Valley on November 3rd, but are playing their final home contest of the season this evening before wrapping up the year at Golden and Columbia Valley on the weekend. Zach Thompson has hit the 60 point plateau and leads the Border Bruins in scoring. The defense has taken a hit since the Rebels and Border Bruins last met, with Cody Larsen and Colton Mills both being placed on reserve. Goaltender Garrett Muir has also reportedly left the team.

Broadcast Info: The crew from Grand Forks will have the webcast call at 7:30.

In the Press Box: Mike Wiest is out, while Tyler Jones, Ryan Reid and Jamie Vlanich could make their returns after missing the weekend. Dylan Sahara did not play Saturday or Sunday for Grand Forks.

Out of Town: Only one other game on tap, as Sicamous visits Osoyoos.

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