(Castlegar leads series 1-0)
Having earned the split, the Rebels will look to come home with a 2-0 series lead after tonight's Game 2 in Fernie (6:30 Pacific, Memorial Arena). A Taylor Anderson hat-trick helped Castlegar to an 8-4 victory in last night's Game 1. Ryan Aynsley, who scored a spectacular goal in the first period, also had three points while former 'Rider Jamie Vlanich chipped in with two assists.
The Rebels will need to weather another storm tonight to make it happen, though. Fernie came out firing yesterday, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, and their ability to claw back from a 4-1 second period deficit proves these Ghostriders pack a lot of punch in their chaps. The likes of Scott Morisseau, Cale Wright and Luke Richardson will be counted on even more this evening, as Trail product Thomas Abenante will sit Game 2 out after breaking the KIJHL misconduct rule for a hit from behind on Castlegar's Erik Wentzel (who had an assist in his return to the lineup after missing 4 of the 5 games against Beaver Valley).
Broadcast Info: As always, Fernie's crew will have the pay-per-view. My friend and colleague Jon Zacks is in the Elk Valley and will have the call on Mountain FM (and online here). Pre-game show is at 6:15 with the opening faceoff at 6:30.
Audio: Jonny caught up with a couple of Rebels following Game One.
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For Anderson, click here.
Out of Town: Osoyoos answered back in the Okanagan Conference final last night, but it took extra time. Former Kimberley Dynamiter Corey Allen scored the winner to lift the Coyotes past Revelstoke 3-2. That series is even at one game apiece heading back to Revelstoke.