The Castlegar Rebels

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The Castlegar Rebels picked up three out of a possible four points on the weekend. The local squad played two straight overtime games.

The Castlegar Rebels picked up three out of a possible four points on the weekend.

The local squad played two straight overtime games, winning one and losing the other.

On Friday, the local travelled to Fernie to battle the Ghostriders. Despite a great effort by netminder Austin Wells, who stopped 45 of 49 shots he faced, the Rebels fell 4-3.

Castlegar opened the scoring as Aaron Petten gave them an early lead, however Fernie struck back twice in the opening frame getting goals from Josh McCulloch Travis Thomsen.

After a scoreless second period, Fernie’s Joel Burgess popped one into the net to extend the lead to 3-1.

But then Castlegar battled back.

Third period goals by Mike Bhatoa and Ren Mason sent the game into overtime, tied at 3-3.

The Rebels couldn’t complete the comeback as the Ghostriders’ Spencer Bender scored to end it.

The Rebels only had a day to recover as they prepared for a Sunday matinee at home against the visiting Golden Rockets.

Castlegar again jumped to an early 1-0 lead, thanks to a goal by  Daniel Petten, but James Gaume tied the score for the Rockets a few minutes later.

Golden then took a 2-1 lead, thanks to a nice shot by Spencer Gerth.

The Rebels would mount a quick comeback, scoring two more in the first, by Aaron Petten and Mike Bhatoa to take a 3-2 lead after one.

Castlegar made it 4-2 in the second when Bryan Lubin found the back of the net.

A wild third period saw the Rockets strike first as  Spencer Gerth closed the gap to one goal.

It looked like the victory was assured when the Rebels Bhatoa scored again to make it 5-3. But golden had other ideas.

Goals from Daniel Dahlin and Spencer Gerth sent the game into overtime.

This time it was Castlegar that earned the two points as Bryan Lubin scored the overtime winner.

Patrick Zubick earned the win stopping 39 of 44 shots in the 6-5 victory.

Castlegar’s next home game is on Friday, October 31 when the Creston Valley Thunder Cats  come to the Castlegar Complex. Puck drops at 7 p.m..


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