Rebels seize series lead

The Castlegar Rebels skated to a tight checking 2-1 win over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Thursday.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks Ryan Edwards beats the Castlegar Rebels goalie Jordan Gluck for the Hawks only goal as they fell to the Rebels 2-1 Thursday.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks Ryan Edwards beats the Castlegar Rebels goalie Jordan Gluck for the Hawks only goal as they fell to the Rebels 2-1 Thursday.

The Castlegar Rebels scored twice in the second period then held on for the 2-1 win Thursday in Fruitvale, to take a 2-1 Murdoch division series lead over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

Jamie Vlanich took a pass from Diego Bartlett in the slot, and ripped a wrist shot over the blocker of Hawks goalie Zach Perehudoff to score the winner with 4:13 to go in the second period.

The Nitehawks had the edge in play through Game 3 of the series but couldn’t beat Rebel goalie Jordan Gluck, until a 5-on-3 power play two minutes into the middle frame. Dallas Calvin sent a perfect cross-ice pass to Ryan Edwards at the side of the net. The Hawks forward one timed it past Gluck, to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. But Eric Alden brought Castlegar even on another assist from Bartlett at 12:46 to set the stage for Vlanich’s winner.

The Nitehawks outshot the Rebels 29-27.

Game 4 goes tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Valley Arena.