(Castlegar wins series 4-1)
Ryan Aynsley's seeing-eye wrister with 1:59 left in the second period proved to be the eventual game-winner as Castlegar posted a 6-2 victory over Spokane in tonight's Game 5.
Aynsley and Spencer Brodt each scored twice, while Taylor Anderson and Jamie Vlanich also scored for the Rebels. Rance Hughes and Nick Redding replied for Spokane, who see their season come to an end, despite sending two games to overtime and posting a Game 3 shutout.
Aynsley's first goal, and Brodt's power play marker 1:48 into the third period were back-breakers for Spokane, as Barr was peppered with a series-high 51 shots. Cole Buckley picked up his second consecutive win, making 29 saves for Castlegar.
The Rebels played with 5 d-men for much of the game, as Mike Wiest left in the first period after taking a hard check behind the Rebels goal. Aaron Brewer logged a lot of minutes in his first appearance of the series.
Kwinn Mazzilli had a strong game as well in his playoff debut, notching two assists.
What we do know, is that Round 2 is more than likely to start Thursday night at the Complex. What we don't know, is who the opponent will be, as Beaver Valley and Nelson are deadlocked at two games apiece heading into a monumental Game 5 tomorrow night in Fruitvale.
Tip of the Hat: To the four Rebels who picked up divisional awards tonight. Aynsley was named top scorer and MVP, Darren Tarasoff the top defenseman, Alex Ross the top goaltender, and Steve Junker the top coach. Congrats!
Tip of the Hat, Part II: to graduating Braves Barr, Jacob Walsh, Ryan Hadley-Schaal and A.J. King, for providing hours of entertainment for KIJHL fans during their careers. Best of luck in all future endeavours.
Tip of the Hat, Part III: to the 460 fans who packed the Complex tonight. It was great to see!
Out of Town: Fernie is on to Round Two as well, putting up a 5-1 victory against Kimberley tonight. Of note, Castlegar's Scott Morisseau has 9 goals already in the playoffs, and was named the Eddie Mountain division MVP while former Rebel Andrew Walton was named top goaltender.