(Rebels lead series 1-0)
Right back to work tonight for Game 2 of the Kootenay Conference quarter-final. The Rebels scored timely goals, and went 3/4 on the power-play last night in a 5-1 Game 1 victory over Spokane.
The line of Stuart Walton, Tyler Robinson and Anthony DeLong was especially dangerous, scoring all but one of Castlegar's goals, including (to me) the turning point, when Robinson handcuffed Braves goalie Garrett Barr with a wrister from the top of the circle 10 seconds into the third period, giving the Rebels a 3-1 lead.
Tonight, I'd imagine coach Steve Junker would want more of the same, an up-tempo, physical style of play that greatly countered Spokane's dump and chase philosophy. Alex Ross didn't have to make any five-alarm saves last night, and the only goal that beat him was a shot from the corner by Ryan Hadley-Schaal.
Broadcast Info: A much healthier-than-I Matt Soper (ordinarily the voice of the Nelson Leafs) will take you through tonight's webcast, beginning at 7:30.
Road Team Success: Three of the five visiting teams (Princeton, Sicamous and Golden) won their series-openers last night. Derrick Delisser and Jaden Janzen each scored twice in the Posse's 6-4 win in Rutland; Tanner Cochrane's short-handed goal proved the winner in Golden's 4-3 victory in Creston (Josh MacDonald had a 4-point night), and Eagles goalie Chris Kingdon made 48 saves in Sicamous' 5-3 win at Kamloops. Revelstoke also shut out North Okanagan 4-0.
Suspensions: A few to report, including former Rebel Dylan Richardson being booked for one game for a check-to-the-head major. Teammate Josh Rasmussen gets the same penalty for a checking from behind major. Knights forward Steven Pantazoupoulos will sit for two, after being assessed multiple game misconducts, while Revelstoke's Spencer Samuel earned the obligatory one-game ban for circumventing the misconduct rule.
Out of Town: Every other series is in action tonight, Game Twos all around except in Fernie, Beaver Valley and Osoyoos.