Tyler Robinson scored twice, including the overtime winner as the Rebels won 5-4 in overtime over the Revelstoke Grizzlies. Curtis Pereverzoff also scored twice, while Mike Wiest added a single in a game that saw Revelstoke claw back from a 4-1 deficit in the third period. Cole Buckley made 49 saves against his old club, including 24 in the second period alone.
Bruce Silvera scored twice for the definding champs, Dayton Martens and Adam DiBella also scored for Revelstoke.
The webcast, so I'm told, was unavailable this afternoon due to a power outage in Revelstoke. I'll get more into technical issues a bit later but I'm sure the folks who do the broadcasts for the Grizzlies were just as disappointed as the people trying to tune in this afternoon.
Up Next: The Rebels play twice more before the Christmas break. A home-and-home against the Spokane Braves begins Friday at the Complex.
Suspensions Galore: A multi-fight situation last night (in the final ten minutes, to boot) between Nelson and Beaver Valley cost 6 players the opportunity to play today. The Leafs' Colton Malmsten, Cody Abbey and Blake Arcuri along with Burhan Pourmokhtari, Keanan Patershuk and Arie Postmus all dropped the gloves with just over two minutes left in the Nitehawks' 4-1 win Saturday (a game won by BV 4-1). Leafs coach Chris Shaw was not behind the bench this afternoon against Grand Forks. Beaver Valley goaltender Mike Vlanich was also assessed a game misconduct at the end of this afternoon's loss against Spokane. We'll see what number the wheel of justice falls on tomorrow.
The Nelson/BV nastiness pales in comparison to what happened in Penticton Saturday night. Check out the boxscore from the Lakers/Rockies matchup (and pay close attention to the 20:00 mark of the third period). I'd imagine suspensions will be plentiful. The tape is a bit jumpy, but judging from what is available online the main tilts featured goaltender Tyler Stamler and Laker d-man Mike Berry, Kevin Dunlop (CV) and Brandon Halls (PEN) and off to one side Kevan Mikkelsen (CV) and Zach Urban (PEN).
Out of Town: As mentioned, Spokane beat the Nitehawks 3-1 this afternoon (Ryan Hadley scored twice). I worked the Nelson/Grand Forks game this afternoon along with my colleague Matt Soper, which I can say had one of the more exciting finishes I've ever seen at any level of hockey. Down 5-2 late in the third after a Gavin Currie power-play goal, the Border Bruins clawed their way back thanks to goals from Dylan Sahara, Zac Thompson and Randy Tosoff. After a Bruins power-play in OT, and numerous ten-bell saves from both Marcus Beesley and Garrett Muir, Sahara put home the winner on a backhand with 1.3 seconds left in the 3-on-3 overtime frame. I'd also like to offer my apologies to anyone tuning in this afternoon. Due to a technical issue, we had no sound for almost the entire first half of the game. If not for a few text messages sent my way, we may not have found out until after the game.