What. A. Thriller.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first 8:20 tonight, the Rebels found a way to win, defeating the Fernie Ghostriders 4-3 in overtime in front of a raucous crowd at the Complex. Taylor Anderson scored the OT winner, ripping a wrist shot from the top of the circle past 'Riders goaltender Fraser Abdallah. Anthony DeLong, Erik Wentzel, and Ryan Aynsley all scored for the Rebels, Aynsley on a breakaway minutes after missing the net on a penalty shot. Scott Morisseau, Alex Milhouse and Thomas Abenante replied for Fernie.
It's a victory that months from now we could look back on as a season-defining win. The team gutted it out after facing some early adversity, and goaltender Andrew Walton was, in a word, outstanding between the pipes, robbing several Ghostriders on point-blank chances. All in all, hard to imagine any of the 300+ fans at the game went away feeling as though they didn't get their money's worth.
Injury Update: Fernie lost captain Zach Baba to what looked like a wrist or arm injury midway through the third period. He made his way slowly to the Riders' bench after a collision and did not return.
Up Next: A return engagement with the Ghostriders, this time in Fernie, on Friday night.
Out of Town: Nelson beat Grand Forks 5-2. Beaver Valley dropped a close one in Kamloops, losing 5-4 in overtime. Spokane hammered Columbia Valley 11-1, while the Osoyoos Coyotes look to be on the receiving end of some suspensions in their first-ever regulation loss, 3-0 against Revelstoke. Watch for that in the coming days.