(Castlegar leads series 1-0)
A 5-goal first period explosion paced Castlegar to a 6-2 Game 1 victory over Beaver Valley.
It started just 28 seconds in when Stuart Walton tapped home a rebound, and Jamie Vlanich, Erik Wentzel, Diego Bartlett and Jesse Knowler added opening-frame tallies as the Rebels broke it open, early.
Taylor Anderson scored on a pretty coast-to-coast move in the second to round out the Rebel attack, while Tyler Collins and Dallas Calvin replied for the Nitehawks.
This one really wasn't what anyone expected, as Castlegar took advantage of loose pucks in the slot and finished on virtually every opportunity to chase 'Hawks starting goaltender Mike Vlanich after 20 minutes. Zach Perehudoff was effective in 40 minutes of mop-up duty. Be warned, the Nitehawks will surely come back prepared to deal with another large crowd in Game 2, as they seemed less able to adapt to the 585 noisy fans at the Complex than the Rebels were.
I'll have an interview with Anderson up as part of tomorrow's gameday package once it airs on Mountain FM.
Game 2 goes tomorrow night at 7:30, before switching back to Fruitvale for Games 3 and 4 Monday and Tuesday night.