The Castlegar Rebels downed the Sicamous Eagles 7-4 on September 26 at the Complex, giving the Rebels their first regular season home-win.
The Rebels blew a two goal lead in the second period and had to catch up after falling behind 4-3 by the start of the third.
The game started evenly with both teams scoring in the first period. The Rebels were outshooting their guests 20-10 and the ratio at game’s end was 53-36 in the Rebels’ favour. And so credit should be given to Eagles’ Goalie Liam Banks, without whom the score may have been much higher.
Goalie Patrick Zubick, in his second year with the Rebels held the Eagles back with the help of his teammates who were handy and ready to block pucks.
The top scorers for the Rebels, with two goals apiece were Captain Aaron Petten and Bryan Lubin. Yannis Soukas wase top Castlegar pint-getter with three assists. Petten scored in the second period assisted by Soukas to give the Rebels their first lead with five minutes left on the clock, Petten also sank a breakaway wrist shot with 3:28 left in the game.
Centreman Lubin tied the game at 1 in the first, then again in the third to knot the game at 4. He was a definite asset in this game, hustling along with Petten and Mederios and others to guarantee a win. After the game, between signing autographs, he expressed his thoughts.
“It was a good one for the team, coming off a loss and finally getting the first one at home.”
Aaron Petten described the closeness of the game. “We let them back in there for a bit, but we pulled through in the third period. The boys played good. Once we had some momentum going we kept going with it and we kept scoring.”
Rebels’ Coach Jesse Dorrans said, “It was little up and down, but I thought we showed some good character to come back and win when the chips were down. It was a gutsy win. I think the players showed maturity in the aspect that when we were behind they didn’t give up faith and they believed in each other and they got the job done.”
The Saturday game the next night September 27 was a little rough on the Rebels as they lost 7-3 to the Dynamiters in Kimberley. The Rebels next home games are this Saturday October 4 at 7:00 p.m. with the Nelson Leafs and Sunday October 5 at 2:00 p.m. against the Chase Heat.