Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rebels 7 Braves 6 (OT)

Pretty much the polar opposite of Game 1, but I'm sure the Rebels will take it.

Affiliate callup Jesse Knowler scored on a 2-on-1 2 and a half minutes into overtime to cap a wild finish, and vault the Rebels into a 2-0 series lead on the fiesty Spokane Braves.

Ryan Aynsley potted a hat-trick for Castlegar, while the top two scorers for Spokane, Guisseppe Dippolito and Rance Hughes, were dangerous all night, and former Smoke Eater Uriah Machuga also stunned the crowd, scoring a tying goal with only a couple dozen seconds left in regulation.

A heart-breaking loss for Spokane, to be sure, but a victory that could prove as a monumental learning experience for Castlegar.

Tip of the Hat: to my colleague Matt Soper for calling tonight's game. I owe ya one.

Up Next: The series shifts to the Evergreen State for Games 3 and 4 Thursday and Friday night.

Out of Town: Three separate teams hit double digits this evening: Beaver Valley scored 7 in the first en route to a 13-2 win over Nelson, Fernie crushed Kimberley 12-3 in a game that will see suspensions handed out, and Kamloops tied up their series defeating Sicamous 11-2. I may have to eat my words, as Princeton now heads home with a 2-0 series edge on the Kelowna Chiefs after posting a 5-2 win in Rutland tonight.

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