Tuesday, February 23, 2010

GAME 3: Braves 2 Rebels 0, Game 4 tonight

The Cash Ulrich we saw in Game 2 obviously took the night off last night, as the Cash Ulrich who played in Game 3 was the difference as the Spokane Braves clawed back into the series with a 2-0 shutout win.

Ulrich made 46 saves, and a first period power-play goal from A.J. King proved to be the winner as the Rebels, try as they might, just couldn't put one past the Spokane 'tender. Kyle Bacon added an insurance marker late in the third.

The Rebels were without defenceman Erik Alden, as Ross Gyurkovits drew in to the lineup for the first time in the series. Ryan Aynsley also didn't finish the game for the Rebels after being hit by Spokane forward Uriah Machuga. We'll see if he's able to bounce back tonight.

Giuseppe Dippolito sat out for the Braves, he incurred an automatic one-game suspension for his checking from behind major in Game 2.

Game 4 goes tonight in Spokane at 8:00. For the Rebels, it's a chance to get right back to work after being stymied last night. Game 5, which is now necessary, will be at the Castlegar Complex on Thursday night at 7:30 PM.

Elsewhere, Nelson regained their series lead with a 3-1 win in Beaver Valley. Paul Barclay made 36 saves in a losing effort for the Nitehawks.

A couple of Eddie Mountain Division teams are on the brink of elimination. Fernie snuck past Golden 3-2 in OT (courtesy of a game-winner from Zach Fridella) to take a 3-0 series lead, and the Creston Valley Thunder Cats have a 3-0 series lead of their own as they beat Kimberley 4-1 in the Bavarian City last night.

The Okanagan Division has seen its first casualty. Sicamous beat Penticton 7-3 to win their series in 3 straight games. Meanwhile, Chase has the Keystone Cup-hosting Kamloops Storm on the brink after a 4-3 overtime win, Ian Grant with the winner for the Chiefs.

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