The Spokane Braves took the lead 22 seconds into the third period, and survived a hat-trick from Rebel forward Keagan Little to win Game 4 4-3 and even the series at 2 games apiece. Jake Peterson's goal at 8:10 of the third period stood as the game-winner, Dylan Tappe and Chip Petrino each added a goal and an assist for the Braves. Andrew Walton made 30 saves in goal for Castlegar, including a stop on Nick Redding's penalty-shot 5:06 into the second period. Game 5 is set for the Castlegar Complex tomorrow night (7:30 PM), while Game 6 will be back in Spokane Friday.
Spokane held a wide edge in shots until the final frame, where they were outshot 15-3, and really seemed to pick up their game in front of their home fans. Giuseppe Dippolito was back in their lineup after sitting out Game 3 with a suspension, Erik Alden drew back in for the Rebels while Ryan Reid sat out.
It also seems as though the series has mellowed out. The two teams combined for only 8 minor penalties last night. Also interesting to note that Jim Maniago reffed Game 4, one would think Spokane would use a local ref as they usually do as we saw Jeremi Del Campo officiate Game 3.
We are working on getting a webcast set up for Game 5, however I'm told we don't have a camera operator. The search will go on today, hopefully we'll be able to have something in place by game-time tomorrow as the Braves will be again bringing their video equipment to the Complex.
In other action last night, the Nelson Leafs staged a furious rally, scoring 4 times in the third period to beat Beaver Valley 6-4 and take a 3-1 series lead. Interesting to note Scott Morisseau was not in the Nitehawk lineup last night, I heard rumours he had been injured in Game 3 but the severity of the injury was not disclosed.
The Kimberley Dynamiters staved off elimination by edging Creston Valley 2-1, but two other teams were ousted as Fernie eliminated Golden with a 3-0 shutout and Chase doubled up Kamloops 6-3. For the Storm, it has to be disappointing to see the KIJHL playoffs end so early, although they will be back in action soon as hosts of the Keystone Cup.
Back to set up a pivotal Game 5 tomorrow!