(Castlegar leads series 2-1)
The Rebels dodged a first-period bullet en route to a 6-3 Game 3 win in Fruitvale tonight. Spencer Brodt's goal 1:26 into the third period proved to be the game winner as Castlegar went on a run over the final 40 minutes. Aaron Brewer scored twice (his first two goals in the KIJHL to boot), while Jamie Vlanich, Tyler Robinson and Ryan Reid added singles. Daniel Bishop, Keanan Patershuk and Taylor Love replied for the Nitehawks, who held a 3-1 lead through 20 minutes despite being outshot 13-4.
Alex Ross made 11 saves in his victorious return to the starting goaltender role, while Mike Vlanich stopped 37 Rebel shots in a losing cause.
You can't argue with Castlegar's ability to put pucks in the net: tonight's game marked the fifth time in these playoffs (and the third in this series) that the Rebels managed to score a half-dozen times or more. Castlegar was maybe a bit unlucky to find themselves trailing so early in the game, but credit has to be given to Beaver Valley's shooters, who capitalized on every quality chance they were afforded in the opening frame.
Tweet Tweet: Beaver Valley has jumped on the Twitter train, you can follow them @BVNitehawks. After tonight's game I found myself wondering if the person in charge even had time to look up from their computer/smartphone screen 'cause the updates were coming in fast and furious!
Up Next: Game 4 goes tomorrow night in BV, again a 7:00 start.
Out of Town: Fernie has taken a 2-1 series lead over Creston Valley after a 6-4 victory at the John Bucyk Arena tonight. A terrific crowd of 585 watched former Smokie and Nitehawk Thomas Abenante light the lamp three times for Fernie. Revelstoke now leads the Kamloops Storm 3-1 after a 6-2 victory tonight.