The Castlegar Rebels lost their first exhibition game of the season against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks at the Castlegar Complex on Wednesday, September 2.
The Rebels got off to an energetic start, but were quickly overtaken by the aggressive forecheck of their opponent. By the end of the first period, the Nitehawks were up by 3 goals, thanks in part to a breakaway by forward Blake Sidoni.
Things were a little more evenly matched in the second period. Tayden Woods got the Rebels on the scoreboard with a goal 13 minutes in. Unfortunately the Nitehawks had also scored another goal earlier in the period, so they maintained their three-goal lead.
The Nitehawks scored their fifth and last goal six minutes into the third period, and shortly after Woods managed a second and final goal for the Rebels. A fight broke out in the middle of the period, ending with gloves and sticks all over the ice, and a brief lull in the action while officials tried to sort out penalties. The game ended without anyone else scoring.
Despite the Nitehawks getting off to an early three-goal lead, the Rebels managed to keep things fairly even in the second and the third.
But they weren’t so fortunate when they played a second exhibition game against the Nitehawks in Fruitvale on Friday, when they lost 1-13.
The Rebels will play their first regular season game against the Fernie Ghostriders on Friday, September 11 at the Castlegar Complex.