Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gameday: Rebels vs. Nitehawks (Game 2)

After an unexpected scoring outburst in last night's Game 1, the Rebels and Nitehawks will again do battle tonight (7:30, Complex). The Rebels fed off a huge crowd yesterday, scoring 28 seconds in, and never looking back in a 6-2 victory that saw captain Taylor Anderson and Trail product Jamie Vlanich enjoy three-point nights.

I spoke to Anderson after last night's game, to hear what he had to say, click here.

I'd expect a much different result tonight. Beaver Valley settled into their game after a shaky first period, and head coach Terry Jones has been around the game long enough to know what it takes to motivate a team. That said, the Rebels' confidence has never been higher, and it will be up to the Nitehawks to match the intensity the home side is sure to bring in front of what's expected to be another large crowd.

Broadcast Info: Catch the webcast tonight beginning at 7:30.

Out of Town: Fernie had their narrowest margin of victory in the series opener against Creston Valley last night, winning 3-1 thanks to two late goals from Mike Anderson and Cale Wright. For more on that series, including yet another war of words, check out the Fernie blog. Elsewhere, Osoyoos had little trouble with Kelowna, winning 5-2, while Revelstoke got a late second-period winner from Brad Friedrich to defeat Kamloops 3-2 and take a 2-0 series lead back to the 'Loops.

Tip of the Hat: To Castlegar product Scott Morisseau, on being named the KIJHL's Most Valuable Player. He led the league in scoring this year for the second consecutive season. Fellow Ghostrider Jeff Zmurchyk was named the league's Top Defenceman as well. He has ties to the West Kootenay having spent the 2008-09 season with the BCHL's Trail Smoke Eaters.

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