It will be a Castlegar/Beaver Valley Neil Murdoch division final.
This after the 'Hawks eliminated the Nelson Leafs with a 4-2 win tonight at the Beaver Valley Arena, in one of the better games I've ever seen in the KIJHL. Brantley Schapansky tipped home the eventual game-winner early in the second period, while Tyler Collins, Colton Donselaar and Ryon Sookro also tallied.
Gavin Currie was an absolute monster for Nelson tonight, scoring twice and carrying the Leafs' top line. In the end, Nelson had a chance to force overtime, the empty-netter from Sookro came with less than 10 seconds left, and were it not for a pad-stacking save by Mike Vlanich off of E.J. Moir midway through the final frame, the game could have been quite different.
I'll have extensive audio reaction from Game 7 including interviews with Donselaar and Currie, stay tuned for them on Mountain FM tomorrow and on this blog shortly after.
A Rebels/Nitehawks series preview (and a look at the other second-round matchups) will come as part of the gameday package Friday.