Just as it looked as though no one would score all night, Quin Klimchuk slipped the puck past Nelson netminder Cody Boeckman at 10:05 of the third to give the Castlegar Rebels the 1-0 in their home-opener Saturday night at the Castlegar Community Complex.
Cody Disher got the only assist on the goal.
The game was a little sloppy at times, with both teams definitely looking in early season form. However, both goalies, Boeckman for the Leafs and Jordan Gluck for the Rebs, looked solid. Gluck stopped all 28 shots, while Boeckman turned back 23 of 24 Rebel shots.
The two teams played to a 5-5 tie on Friday in Nelson.
Castlegar is back at home next Friday against Beaver Valley. The Nitehawks lost tonight (Saturday) to Grand Forks 3-2 in overtime. The win for GF matches their win total for all of last year.