Saturday, February 19, 2011

Rebels 2 Braves 1 (OT)

(Castlegar leads series 3-1)

In 1981, Loverboy's The Kid is Hot Tonite hit #55 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Fast forward 30 years, a different "kid" is making the most of his opportunity with the Castlegar Rebels.

Jesse Knowler scored his second overtime winner of the series as Castlegar edged Spokane 2-1 in Game 4, earning themselves a chance to close out the best-of-seven Sunday evening at the Complex.

Ryan Aynsley and Jesse Collins traded first period markers in the lowest-scoring game of the series. Cole Buckley made 38 saves to record his first victory of the playoffs.

Spokane, despite finishing 39 points lower than the Rebels in the regular-season standings, have proven to be a test. We'll see Sunday night whether they're able to bounce back from another overtime loss like they did in Game 3.

Out of Town: One team staved off elimination, while several more moved closer to advancing to Round 2. North Okanagan got a game-winner from Zach Lindsay to edge Revelstoke 4-3 in Armstrong, that series is now 3-1 in favour of the Grizzlies. Princeton moved one step closer to a first-round upset with a 7-6 victory over Kelowna, they lead the series 3-1. Osoyoos whipped Penticton 6-1 to take a 3-0 series lead, and Creston Valley edged Golden 3-2 (in regulation this time) to take a 3-1 lead of their own.

Closer to home, Nelson got a powerplay goal from Colton Schell with just under 3 minutes left en route to a 5-3 win over Beaver Valley. With a win in tomorrow's Game 4 (7:00, NDCC) the Leafs could even the series.

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