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Rebels, Leafs resume rivalry tonight in Nelson

Keeping Rebel sniper Ryan Aynsley off his game is a key to Nelson's success.

By The Nelson Daily Sports

The Nelson Leafs will look to snap out of a two-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League slide.

However, it won’t be easy as the opposition is the Murdoch leading Castlegar Rebels.

The Leafs meet the Rebels in a two-game home-and-home series beginning tonight at 7 p.m. the NDCC Arena.

The last time the teams play, Nelson shook off two-minute slide late in the first period, out scoring the Murdoch Division leaders 3-1 during the final 40 minutes en route to a 5-3 win.

Castlegar had not lost to Nelson prior to the recent win.

A key to the Leafs win was the ability of Nelson to hold Rebel sniper Ryan Aynsley off the score sheet. Nelson slowed Castlegar’s leading scorer by continually pounding Aynsley for the duration of the game.

The teams play game two of the series Saturday in Castlegar.

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