REBELS WEEKLY 16-17 Issue 5 (12-20)

TOUGH LOSS FOR REBELS FRIDAY

On Friday night the Rebels would have their last game before the holiday break in Beaver Valley to take on the 1st placed Nitehawks, hoping to make up some ground in the Neil Murdoch Division standings. This was the third match between the rival teams, the first coming in September in Beaver Valley, where the Rebels came out on top 7-6, and the second on October 22nd in Castlegar, where the Rebels were shut out 4-0. The Nitehawks would put the first one on the board just over 6 minutes into the opening frame, but later on in the period the Rebels power play would strike once again with Logan Styler burying a nice cross ice feed from John Moeller, with the second assist going to captain Daniel Petten. That would do it for the 1st, with Beaver Valley out shooting the Rebels 12-8. In the second period, the Rebels would score for the second time on the man advantage with Ed Lindsey scoring on a pass from Everett Hicks, and the other helper going to Logan Styler. But in the last 4 minutes of the period, the Nitehawks would score 2 goals to put themselves ahead 3-2 going into the 3rd period. The 3rd would turn out to be an ugly one as the Rebels found themselves trailing by a score of 6-2 not even 8 minutes into the period. It was a fairly rough ending to the game also, with both Kirkland Spencer and Nico Sidoni dropping the gloves and also 2 additional game ejections. Final shots in the game were 48-24 for the Nitehawks, as this one was a tough loss for the Rebels who were hoping to head in to the break on a winning note.

The Rebels are now 27 games into the regular season (16-11), well over half way through it and find themselves in 3rd place in the Neil Murdoch Division, with the Grand Forks Border Bruins ahead of Castlegar by 5 points, but also with 5 games in hand. After what was a bumpy start to the season, with a 4-7-0 record in the first 11 games, the Rebels really turned things around by not losing a single game all the way from October 29th until the Creston Valley Thunder Cats ended their streak on December 2nd. Ever since that game, the Rebels find themselves 2-2. One of the keys to the Rebels success has been their special teams, with the Power Play now 3rd in the league at 23.6%. The Rebels have proven that regardless of which unit they have out on the man advantage, it can be dangerous, proving to be something tough to handle for opposing teams. On the flip side of things, the Rebels penalty kill is also 3rd in the league, clicking along at 86.9%. With the relentless and very structured penalty kill, many teams are finding it tough to get any quality chances against the Rebels when they are a man short. The top line of John Moeller, Ed Lindsey, as well as Logan Styler are all in the top 20 in league scoring, with Styler and Lindsey coming in at 2nd and 3rd in the whole KIJHL, both averaging 2 points per game.

Goaltending has been strong also for the Rebels, with Jason Mailhiot and Curt Doyle coming up big in key situations for the team. The Rebels are currently on their holiday break, but starting on Wednesday, December 28th, they will get right back at it with a game in Beaver Valley where they will be looking for some revenge, followed by another tilt between the two in Castlegar at the Complex on December 30th. They will then head to Grand Forks on New Years Eve. The Rebels would like to wish all of their fans and supporters a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and also send a big thank you out to all of the community’s continued support. We encourage everyone to come out to our remaining home games this season and help the team make a deep run in the playoffs, it looks like it is going to be a bright ending of the season for the Rebels, but we can't do it without our fans so come out, cheer loud, and be proud! #wearerebels

 


Stay connected to the Rebels online by following @RebelsCastlegar on twitter and by liking the Castlegar Rebels page and the Castlegar Rebels Fan Club on facebook. The Rebels have one more game before the break on Friday night in Beaver Valley. The team has been hot going into the break going 10-2 over the last 12 games. Thank you for all the support and have a safe, fun holiday season!

Head Coach Bill Rotheisler had this to say about his Captain and this weeks Player of The Week, Daniel Petten! We put alot of stock into the Leaders Eat Last’s idea. Everyone gets distracted by simply making the most alpha player Captain, instead of using that as simply one criteria and combining all qualitites of a leader. Dan provides that quality, but in a calculated way. He works hard everyday, is consistent, is strong on both sides of the ice but also contributes with duties around the dressing room, setting the example instead of just directing it.


 

REBEL OF THE WEEK: Logan Styler

Logan collected a goal and an assist in a 6-2 loss to Beaver Valley. Styler is an alternate captain for the Rebels and currently goes into the Christmas Break leading the KIJHL in scoring with 51 points in 26 games.

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The Rebels roster this season has a fair amount of local talent on the team. How many Rebels players are from Castlegar? Text the correct answer to 250.304.8527. The first three right answers will receive two free Rebels game tickets!!

REBELS WEEKLY 16-17 Issue 4 (12-12)

On Friday night the Nelson Leafs would make the trek to Castlegar to take on the 2nd place Rebels for the sixth time this season. The Leafs would come into the game riding a 3 game win streak after making a couple of moves at the December 1st Roster Cut Off Deadline, while the Rebels won 10 of their previous 11 games heading into this one. The Leafs would strike first at 10:13 of the 1st period on the Power Play to make it 1-0 after 1 for the Leafs. The Rebels power play would prove why it is one of the top in the league in the 2nd with Daniel Petten wiring a hard shot from the blue line past newly acquired goalie Billy Gorn, and Everett Hicks capitalizing on a feed from Chance Szott. But the Leafs would score 3 in the second period to make it 4-2 Leafs after 40 minutes. Less then 5 minutes into the 3rd, the Rebels would cut the lead to just 1 thanks to a great shot by speedy winger John Moeller. But just over a minute later, the Leafs would answer back on the power play to make it 5-3. Kirkland Spencer would score on a point shot mid way through the frame to again make it a 1 goal game, but that is as close as the Rebels would come as they would fall 5-4 to the Leafs. Final shots for the game would end up being 34-25 in favour of Castlegar. Ed Lindsey had 3 assists in the game, and Logan Styler added two helpers as well. Game Star for the Rebels was John Moeller

Saturday night the Rebels would look to bounce back with a win as the Fernie Ghostriders would travel to Castlegar to take on the Rebels for the second time this season. The first contest between the two was back on October 1st in Fernie, with the Ghostriders taking the game by a convincing score of 7-3. The Rebels would be looking for revenge heading into this one, and after giving up the first goal to the Ghostriders 7 minutes in, John Moeller would answer back just 22 seconds later to knot things up at 1. Ed Lindsey would score half way through the 1st on a hard one-timer short side on the power play to make it 2-1 Rebels, and then in the dying seconds of the first, Jacob Boston would let a shot go from the point and would beat goaltender Brandon Butler with just 1 second left on the clock to make it 3-1 Rebels after the first period. Fernie would come out very strong in the middle frame, outshooting the Rebels 17-8 and putting 3 on the board, putting them ahead 4-3 heading into the 3rd. The final period would prove to be an exciting one, as Daneel Lategan tied things up at 13:52 of the 3rd on the power play. Following that, Daniel Petten would bury a pass from Logan Styler on the power play, and Austen McKean would score also on a gorgeous shot off the rush to put the Rebels up 6-4 with 5 minutes left. The Ghostriders were not going down without a fight, as captain Alex Cheveldave would make it a 1 goal game with 2 minutes left in the 3rd. The Ghostriders would push hard looking for the equalizer, but the Rebels strong defensive game and goaltender Jason Mailhiot would prove to be too much and Vince Bitonti confirmed the win for the Rebels with an empty netter, to make it a final score of 7-5 for Castlegar. Final shots were 41-37 for Fernie, and game star was given to affiliate forward Ellis Junker, who had a strong weekend overall for the Rebels and provided great depth for a lineup that is currently suffering with injuries. With 3 more Power Play goals in the game, the Rebels continue to show their dominance with the man advantage, improving to 23% on the year.

 


Stay connected to the Rebels online by following @RebelsCastlegar on twitter and by liking the Castlegar Rebels page and the Castlegar Rebels Fan Club on facebook. The Rebels have one more game before the break on Friday night in Beaver Valley. The team has been hot going into the break going 10-2 over the last 12 games. Thank you for all the support and have a safe, fun holiday season!

Head Coach Bill Rotheisler had this to say about his Captain and this weeks Player of The Week, Daniel Petten! We put alot of stock into the Leaders Eat Last’s idea. Everyone gets distracted by simply making the most alpha player Captain, instead of using that as simply one criteria and combining all qualitites of a leader. Dan provides that quality, but in a calculated way. He works hard everyday, is consistent, is strong on both sides of the ice but also contributes with duties around the dressing room, setting the example instead of just directing it.


 

REBEL OF THE WEEK: Daniel Petten

Daniel had a great weekend scoring in both games, while also adding an assist. His big one timer from the point has proven to be deadly, scoring 7 goals in 20 games, and totaling 18 points.

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The Rebels Powerplay has shown great depth this season, with 10 different goalscorers. Who leads them all with 8 PP goals?

  • #3 Logan Styler
  • #27 Daniel Petten
  • #13 John Moeller
  • #15 Ed Lindsey

Text the correct answer to 250.304.8527. The first three right answers will receive two free Rebels game tickets!!

REBELS WEEKLY 16-17 Issue 3 (12-05)

The Castlegar Rebels winning streak came to end on Friday night when they made the trip to Creston to take part in their final match with the Thunder Cats this season. Nearly 500 fans showed up to witness the anticipated match, with Rebels Head Coach/Gm Bill Rotheisler, Logan Styler, Justin Podgorenko, Daneel Lategan, Kirkland Spencer, Nico Sidoni, and netminder Jason Mailhiot all have spent time with the Thunder Cats earlier this season or last season. The two earlier games this season between these two teams were split one a piece, so this would serve as a tie-breaker for the season series. Creston would strike first 12 minutes into the 1st period, but less then a minute later Andrew Petten would tie it up for the Rebels, scoring his first of the season after beating the Creston defender wide and ripping a shot into the back of the net. That would do it for the first frame, but Creston’s power play would strike early in the 2nd period and they would add another goal with a minute left in the 2nd to make it 3-1 for the Thunder Cats after 40 minutes. The Rebels could not find a way to beat Cats’ netminder Brock Lefebvre, and Creston scored another goal in the 3rd to make the final score 4-1 for Creston, and halting the Rebels win streak at 9. Final shots were 40-27 for the Thunder Cats.

On Saturday night, the Grand Forks Border Bruins would make their second trip to Castlegar to take on the Rebels, after besting the Rebels 6-4 in September. This one would prove to be a high goal output for the Rebels, with Ed Lindsey scoring off a beautiful pass from Logan Styler 3:50 into the 1st. To end the period off the Rebels were shorthanded, but Nico Sidoni intercepted a cross ice pass to go down and score with 7 seconds left in the 1st to make it 2-0 Rebels after 20 minutes of play. Not even 4 minutes into the 2nd period, and the Rebels power play struck as Brad Newans would get his first goal as a Rebel. Border Bruins captain Chad Grambo would put them on the board half way through the period, making it 3-1. But the Rebels would add 2 more before the end of the 2nd courtesy of Austen McKean and Everett Hicks, putting it to 5-1 after 2 periods of play. In the 3rd, Logan Styler added the Rebels second Power Play goal of the night and then Daneel Lategan got the 7th goal for the Rebels which would prove to be the last goal of the game, making the final score 7-1 for the Rebels who got back into the win column. Vince Bitonti and Chance Szott each had 3 assists in the game. Curt Doyle stopped 25 of 26 shots, earning 1st star in the game.Thank you to all the fans that came out to support the Rebels in their huge win!

 


Stay connected to the Rebels online by following @RebelsCastlegar on twitter and by liking the Castlegar Rebels page and the Castlegar Rebels Fan Club on facebook.

The Rebels have two home games this week, Friday @ 7:00 vs. Nelson and Saturday @ 7:00 vs. Fernie. Come support the team at the Castlegar Complex, as these are the last two home games before the Christmas break!


 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Chance Szott

Chance has been on a roll over his last 8 games tallying 11 points. He is also a strong special teams player, featuring on the Rebels PK and PP.

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One of the strongest points of the Rebels game this season has been their penalty kill which is clicking at 88.4%, good for 3rd in the KIJHL. On Saturday night, Nico Sidoni scored the Rebels second shorthanded goal of the season. Who Scored their first?

  • #11 Jesse Reeds
  • #25 Everett Hicks
  • #22 Andrew Petten
  • #4 Daneel Lategan

Email the correct answer to rebelsweekly1516@gmail.com.The first three right answers will receive two free Rebels game tickets!!

REBELS WEEKLY 16-17 Issue 2 (11-28)

REBELS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 9!

The Castlegar Rebels added two more wins to finish off the month of November with a perfect 8-0 record, extending their win streak to 9 games. On Wednesday the Nelson Leafs came to town hoping to turn things around from their recent struggles. Both teams came hard out of the gate, but it was the Rebels coming out 2-0 after the first frame, with Nico Sidoni and Ed Lindsey scoring the goals for the Rebels. In what turned out to be a high scoring second period, the Rebels red-hot Power Play put the first of the period on the board with local scorer Ed Lindsey getting his second of the night. Nelson would score three goals in the period, with the Rebels getting two more courtesy of Logan Styler and Jacob Boston, making it 5-3 Rebels after 40 minutes. In the final frame, scoring slowed down significantly as John Moeller would add an empty netter to seal the deal for the Rebels and confirm a 6-3 victory for the Rebels. Goaltender Jason Mailhiot stopped 30 of 33 shots, and Nico Sidoni was awarded player of the game for the high flying Rebels. On Saturday night, the Golden Rockets made the trip to Castlegar in hopes to halt the streaky Rebels and turn things around for themselves after being on a 10 game losing streak. The Rebels came out hard right off the hop and would out shoot the Rockets 23-2 in the first frame, allowing them to gain a 4-0 lead. Goal scorers in the first were Kirkland Spencer, Ed Lindsey, John Moeller, as well as Vince Bitonti. There would be no signs of slowing down as Chance Szott and Jacob Boston scored two more for the Rebels in the 2nd, and then in the 3rd period Szott added his second of the game to make it a very convincing 7-0 victory for the Rebels, making the month of November a perfect 8-0.

 


Stay connected to the Rebels online by following @RebelsCastlegar on twitter and by liking the Castlegar Rebels page and the Castlegar Rebels Fan Club on facebook. The Rebels will be in action this week on Friday Dec.2nd against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in Creston and then again on Saturday Dec.3rd vs Grand Forks they look to push their current win streak to 10. 

Head Coach Bill Rotheisler had this to say about his teams recent success! The streak has been fun and we are proud of our accomplishments so far, but we try not to focus on that. Our job is to get better on a day to day basis. The streak and overall success is the effect. The boys do a sensational job at turning the page on a weekly basis, win or lose back to work Monday and preparing for the next week of games


 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Ed Lindsey

Castlegar native Ed Lindsey had a couple tremendous games over the last week, collecting 7 points in total against the Leafs and Rockets. Ed had a great month of November, averaging 3 points per game.

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: James Ross

James Ross has been apart of the Rebels family for many years and is responsible for plenty of things around the dressing room such as sharpening skates, washing jerseys, and helping keep the room and team running smoothly, your hard work does not go unnoticed. We thank you!

REBELS WEEKLY 16-17 Issue 1 (11-21)

REBELS WIN 7th IN A ROW!

The Castlegar Rebels were in action this weekend with two wins extending their current win streak to 7 games. On Friday night the high flying Rebels took on the Spokane Braves at the Castlegar Complex and cruised to a 5-3 victory out shooting the Braves 50-21 in a stellar all around team performance. Goalscorers for the Rebels were Daneel Lategan x2, Ed Lindsey x2 and John Moeller. Jesse Reeds led the way defensively with 5 blocked shots whilst picking up an injury leaving him out of the lineup for Saturdays clash against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, who going into Saturday held the best record in the KIJHL (16-3-1-0-1)

The Rebels rolled into Creston Valley on Saturday night with some familiar faces returning to the East Kootenays as six current Rebels players and Head Coach Bill Rotheisler have all spent time with the Thunder Cats in the past. The Rebels struck first as John Moeller flew down the left wing beating the Thunder Cats goalie with a sharp shot off the post and into the back of the net. The period would end 3-2 in favour of Creston. Despite being down after the first period, the Rebels found their jam and came back with three unanswered goals in the period and would lead 5-3 heading into the 3rd period of play, and it proved to be smooth sailing from there on out for the Rebels as they would add one more in the 3rd period to seal the deal on a convincing 6-3 victory in Creston Valley. Goal Scorers for the Rebels were John Moeller x2, Ed Lindsey x2, Chance Szott, and Nico Sidoni who scored his first goal for the Rebels!

Castlegar native Ed Lindsey had 4 points on the night including his 100th KIJHL point. The Rebels power play was hot in the game converting on 3 of 5 opportunities.

 


Stay connected to the Rebels online by following @RebelsCastlegar on twitter and by liking the Castlegar Rebels page and the Castlegar Rebels Fan Club on facebook.  Also on Monday November 28th from 6:30 & 7:30 the Rebels will be hosting a Meet & Greet with the Players and Head Coach Bill Rotheisler in the dressing room, stop in  for some refreshments and come meet us. A message from Rebels Captain Daniel Petten. Come meet the team and staff, we got a great group of guys here who’d love to meet the fans! You can catch your Rebels this week at the Castlegar Complex as they take on the Nelson Leafs on Wednesday night @ 7:00PM and then on Saturday night against the Golden Rockets @ 7:00PM.


 

PLAYER OF THE GAME: #31 Jason

They have been stellar in net for the Rebels over his last 5 games earning wins in all 5 with a 3.00 GA and putting up a Save Percentage of 91.06%