Rebels close in on Murdoch Division title, edge Hawks 4-3
By The Nelson Daily Sports
Two seasons ago the Castlegar Rebels made it to the Murdoch Division only to be swept in four games by the Nelson Leafs.
There’s not much of a resemblance between the two Castlegar teams.
Taylor Anderson had three points to lead the Rebels to within one game of advancing to the Kootenay Conference Final after Castlegar edged Beaver Valley 4-3 in Murdoch Division Final action Tuesday in Fruitvale.
The Rebels lead the best-of-seven playoff series 3-1 and can advance to the next round with a win Thursday in the Sunflower City.
The difference Tuesday was a 20-minute span from late in the first and into the second frame when Castlegar scored four consecutive goals — three on the power play — to take a 4-1 lead.
Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro scored to cut the lead to 4-2 before the period ended.
The Hawks’ leading scorer during the regular season, Sookro, added a power play goal late in the third but that would be as close as the host team would get.
For the second straight game on the road the Rebels out shot the Hawks 26-14, including 12-4 in the third period. In the two games in Fruitvale, Castlegar held a 69-28 advantage.
Ryan Aynsley, Stuart Walton, Anderson and Kootenay Ice affiliate player Jesse Knowler, scored for the Rebels.
Tyler Collins scored 36 seconds into the game for the other Beaver Valley marker.
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