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Rebels shutout Leafs

The Castlegar Rebels and Nelson Leafs kicked off the 2010-11 West Kootenay rivalry with the Sunflower City gang the upper hand.

The Castlegar Rebels scored three times in the second period to post a 3-0 shutout over the Nelson Leafs as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League kicked off its 2010-11 season Friday in the Sunflower City.

Taylor Anderson, Dylan Richardson and Erik Wentzel scored during a four-minute span for the home town squad. Richardson and Wentzel each finished the game with two points.

Veteran netminder Andrew Walton stopped 19 shots to register the shutout.

Leaf goalie Marcus Beesley was definitely the busier of the two backstoppers, facing 39 shots, including 20 in the middle frame, as the Rebels sent the announced crowd of 371 home smiling.

The victory was the first of his coaching campaign for Castlegar product Steve Junker. The Castlegar Minor Hockey grad, replacing Brent Heaven behind the bench, joined the Rebels coaching staff after spending the past 13 seasons playing professional hockey in Europe.