(Osoyoos wins series 4-2)
A tough way to end the season, to be sure, but the Rebels can hold their heads high knowing tonight's 7-1 loss was in no way indicative of the way this series was played.
Shane Hanna scored twice, and Steve Sasyniuk, Thierry Martine, Brock Anderson, Curtis Kort and Mark Miller added singles as the Osoyoos Coyotes became the fourth KIJHL expansion team to win a championship in their inaugural season (following the 1977 Rebels, 1994 North Okanagan Kings, and 1995 Sicamous Eagles).
Arthur Andrews had the lone reply for Castlegar.
In all, it was somewhat of an odd end to what had been a terrific series, but most of the 1,100+ in attendance (including a contingent of Coyotes fans) stuck around to see the KIJHL hardware awarded.
Congratulations to the Coyotes, you are a strong bunch from goaltender Kyle Laslo on out, and are worthy champions. I trust both Osoyoos and Fernie will represent the KIJHL well at next weekend's Cyclone Taylor Cup in the Elk Valley.
I'll have a more comprehensive look-back at both the series and the season as a whole next week, until then, thanks Rebels for a thoroughly entertaining season, it's been a privilege to watch this team on what has been a memorable run for everyone.