The Castlegar Rebels have clinched first place in the entire KIJHL after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Nelson on Friday at the Castlegar Community Complex.
The Rebs jumped out to a early 3-0 lead on goals from Travis Wellman, Erik Alden and Jeremy McGregor.
Nelson fought back in a penalty filled second period with a late goal by Dustin Reimer to cut the lead to two, 3-1.
Colton McCarthy’s power play goal with 11:05 left brought the Leafs to within one in the third period but the visitors were unable to get the tying goal and lost.
The two teams play in Nelson tomorrow (Saturday) at the NDCC at 7:30 p.m.