Vince Bitonti fought to score for the Rebels

Vince Bitonti fought to score for the Rebels

Despite best efforts, Rebels lose to Leafs in first playoff game

The Castlegar Rebels lost to the Nelson Leafs in the fourth period of overtime during their first playoff game.

It was an emotional third period for Rebels fans during the team’s first playoff bout against the Nelson Leafs on Thursday night.

Goalie Chandler Billinghurst was pulled in the final minute of play, with the Rebels down 2-1. With less than a minute left it looked like the game belonged to the Leafs, but with 12.6 seconds on the clock, Kyle Bergh scored the game goal that send the Rebels into overtime.

Four periods of overtime that ultimately ended in victory for the Leafs.

Though his team lost 3-2, head coach and general manager Bill Rotheisler was still proud of the way his team played.

“Our boys played well. They did everything they needed to do to win,” he said. “They should be proud.”

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