Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Rebels 4 Nitehawks 3

(Castlegar leads series 3-1)

One win away from Round Three after the most defensively responsible game (by both teams) of the series.

Jesse Knowler's deflection late in the second period was not only the only Castlegar goal not scored on the power-play, it was also the game-winner, as Castlegar escaped the Hawks Nest with another hard-earned victory.

Ryan Aynsley, Stuart Walton and Taylor Anderson also scored for Castlegar, who again gave up the first goal in the first minute (for the second time in the series) when Tyler Collins lifted a puck past Alex Ross, who collected his second straight victory in the closest rink to his home town of Montrose.

Ryon Sookro, who earlier in the day was named the KIJHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player, scored twice for BV. Zach Perehudoff was strong between the pipes in his first KIJHL playoff start, as he took over for Mike Vlanich.

Castlegar's penalty-killing was the difference, as the Nitehawks went 1/10 on the power-play (Sookro's second goal late in the third period was the only special teams marker for the home side). The home side failed to capitalize on 3 two-man advantages in a game that saw plenty of penalties dished out (Castlegar went 3/7).

Up Next: Game Five goes Thursday night at the Complex (a 7:30 PM start). Hope to see you at the rink (and if not, hope to have you aboard for the webcast)!

Out of Town: Creston Valley isn't going away. Despite being outshot 41-29 they defeated Fernie 2-1 on home ice tonight to even the Eddie Mountain division final at 2-2. Osoyoos eliminated the Kelowna Chiefs in four straight with a 5-0 win in Rutland tonight. Kyle Laslo, who today was named the league's top goaltender, made 19 saves for the shutout.


Anonymous said...

Hey, Wahl! Have you ever played hockey? You don't even know what you are saying! Give credit where credit is due! A-Ross was INSTRUMENTAL in winning BOTH games in Fruitvale,with almost NO help from his "D"!! A-Ross deserves more credit than ANYONE is giving him!

Chris Wahl said...


First of all, thanks for taking the time to respond. Any dialogue is good dialogue even if opinions differ (which for the record I don't believe do in this case).

I've said on several webcasts and on this blog that Alex has been one of the most improved players not just on this team, but in the entire league (the fact that he won the top goaltender award in the Neil Murdoch division is no fluke). Not only that, he's a terrific young man off the ice as well.

That said, I thought the whole team did a much better job killing penalties than they did at home. Beaver Valley had 28 shots (all told) in two games (not including numerous missed nets), scoring 6 goals on shots few goaltenders at any level would stop at the best of times.

Was his play a factor in both wins? Absolutely.

Were there other contributors on the roster who helped Castlegar win both games (Anderson, Vlanich, Alden et al)? Absolutely.

Enjoy the rest of the series.

And again for the record, yes, I was a defenseman.