The Castlegar Rebels Pee Wee Rep team steamrolled through playoffs to defeat the Rossland-Trail Smoke Eaters last weekend. The team will head to provincials in Campbell River next month.

The Castlegar Rebels Pee Wee Rep team steamrolled through playoffs to defeat the Rossland-Trail Smoke Eaters last weekend. The team will head to provincials in Campbell River next month.

Pee Wees off to provincials

Great teamwork and solid goaltending are two reasons the Castlegar Rebels Pee Wee Rep team will represent the West Kootenay at provincials next month.

“They were very focused this weekend,” coach Jason Simpson said.

The team won the first two games in a “best of three” series against the Rossland-Trail Smoke Eaters with scores of 11-5 and 11-2, respectively.

“We’ve had some closer games [against Rossland-Trail] but this was the biggest differential by far,” Simpson said.

The team has been fairly dominant throughout the season, Simpson added, but they really stepped it up last weekend.

Many members of the team have been playing together off and on since they were six and seven years-old, he said, which leads to a good camaraderie and team bonding.

Simpson said seven or eight members of the team were also on the provincial team last year, which has helped the first year players feel more comfortable playing at a higher level for the

first time.

Simpson isn’t sure who the team will face in provincials, but bets Elk Valley, a team they’ve played before, will be there.

“They’ll be good competition,” he said.

The provincials take place in Campbell River in early March.