By The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s didn’t take the Castlegar Rebels long to shake of any rust built up from a four-day layoff.Taylor Anderson scored three times and sniper Ryan Aynsley added three points as the Rebels crushed the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Eddie Mountain champs from Fernie 8-4 in game one of the Kootenay Conference Final Monday at the Memorial Arena.Game two of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday in Fernie.The difference in this game was Castlegar’s ability to make former mate and KIJHL great Andrew Walton look average in the Riders’ net.After a third-period power play goal Thomas Abenante brought Fernie back all the way from a 4-1 deficit, the Rebels picked up the offence to score four unanswered goals in the third period to complete the rout.Anderson, with his third of the game on the power play, got the rout going two minutes after Abenante’s tally.Diego Bartlett, Anthony Delong and Stuart Walton also scored in the third as Walton was chase from the net in favour of backup Fraser Abdallah.Aynsley and Spencer Brodt also scored for Castlegar.Marty Hicks, giving Fernie a short-lived 1-0 lead, Cale Wright and Jeff Zmurchyk replied for the Ghostriders.Castlegar out shot Fernie 36-31.Tempers flared in the final minutes of the game started when Abenante was whistled for a checking from behind penalty.Two players with ties to Nelson were in the lineup for the Riders.Former Leaf Connor McLaughlin, traded to Fernie at the January deadline, recorded an assist during game one.The other player is Matt Carr, an affiliate player with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. Carr played nine games this season for Fernie.Dogs even series In Osoyoos, Corey Allen scored at 8:33 of overtime to lift the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Revelstoke Grizzlies in game two of the Okanagan Conference Final.The win allowed the Dogs to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1 after the Grizz scored a convincing 8-2 win Sunday.Brad Friedrich had tied the game for the defending KIJHL champs with just over two minutes remaining in the third period on the power play.Game three is Wednesday in Revelstoke.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bet you can’t guess which is the hottest team right now in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League?Defending KIJHL Champion 100 Mile House Wranglers?Wrong.Current KIJHL leaders, Osoyoos Coyotes or league powers Creston Valley Thunder Cats, Kimberley Dynamiters or Beaver Valley Nitehawks?Wrong again.The Nelson Leafs won for the fifth straight time Saturday night at the NDCC Arena, edging the Golden Rockets 4-3 to remain unbeaten in December.Nelson fired 40 shots at the Rockets net, scoring just enough goals to get past the Eddie Mountain Division squad.Leaf game star Dale Howell, Mason Mullaney and Logan Wullum gave Nelson a 3-1 advantage early in the second period. Darlon Nordick narrowed the gap to 3-2 before the period ended.In the third Alex Meeker scored the winner, unassisted, as Nelson continued to win the close games after losing five games in November by two goals or less.Austin Pultz and Levi Lambert also scored for Golden.Devin Allen stopped 19 of 22 shots to register the win in goal for the Leafs.Nelson defeated Golden 4-0 in the only other meeting between the to teams this season.The Leafs, improving to 14-14-0-0-2 for 30 points, failed to gain any ground in the Murdoch standings as division-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks, second-place Castlegar Rebels and third-place Grand Forks Border Bruins all won games Saturday.Beaver Valley stopped Creston 5-1, the Rebels scored four times in the third to outlast Fernie Ghostriders 7-5 and Grand Forks edged Spokane Braves 3-1.Nelson takes to the road Friday to face the Braves in Spokane before travelling over the Kootenay Pass to meet the Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday.The weekend games are the last before KIJHL teams break for the Christmas season.Nelson returns from the holiday break to face Grand Forks December 30 in the Boundary City.Next home game is the traditional New Year’s Eve clash between the Leafs and Beaver Valley.Puck drop is 2 p.m.