(series tied 1-1)
With home-ice advantage firmly in their grasp, the Rebels entertain Fernie tonight for Game 3 (7:00 Pacific, Complex). After exploding for 8 goals in Game 1, Castlegar mustered only a pair of short-handed markers in a 5-2 Game 2 loss Tuesday night, a game in which penalties and a slow start were their undoing.
Tonight's game also marks the first game back in Castlegar for Andrew Walton after the blockbuster trade that saw him head east. I'd imagine there will be a fair amount of support in the stands for forward Scott Morisseau as well, as he makes only his second trip back to his home-town as a Ghostrider after formerly lighting the lamp for Beaver Valley.
Trail's Thomas Abenante will surely draw back in to the lineup now that his suspension has been served. Watch for him to replace one of 16 year-old Stefan Burzan or 19 year-old agitator Zach Baba.
Broadcast Info: We'll have the webcast this evening at 7:00 Pacific (for fans in Castlegar, note the earlier-than-usual start time). Fernie usually broadcasts away games on the radio, RiderNews has the link and will have the up-to-date info if in fact this is the case.
Out of Town: Osoyoos could take a 3-1 series lead in the Okanagan final with a victory in Revelstoke tonight. Mark Miller's power-play goal propelled the 'Yotes to a 2-1 win in last night's Game 3.
Trade Winds: In the BCHL, at least. Former Spokane Braves forward Dylan Tappe has been traded by the Trail Smoke Eaters to the Prince George Spruce Kings. Tappe had 17 points with the Smokies this season, after spending the last two years with the Braves. I'm told the deal is part of an earlier transaction.
If you watch the review video, you may say "oh maybe it was a goal" at first. But review it over 100 times and pause the video in dozens of different frames, and you will see there is no way that puck had gone in. It hit Walton and it is clearly in front of him the whole time. You can see it on the ice IN FRONT of his left pad.
Then how did it go in? Are some telling me it went through his body, and then back through his body, and then down onto the ice in front of his left pad; becasue that is the only way it could be a goal if it is in front of his left pad. While some people say it went in over his right shoulder. Come on that is impossible! Look where the puck is the whole time, it's at his left side on the ice.
What looks like the net moving, is clearly Walton’s Butt end of his stick, as he moves his blocker arm in a natural reaction, even if it did not hit his blocker.
Watch Stuart Walton's reaction after the shot. He knows he did not beat his brother! He skates away disappointed until he lets the ref say it was a goal, and then he lifts his arms seconds later after the shot; when you can see the puck in front of Walton. He would have exploded jumping if that went in.
Stuart is going to say it went in, but he knows he can believe in something if he convinces himself that maybe it did go in.
I watched the reply over 200 times using pause in all different frames over and over and over and at no point that puck goes in. If you view it quickly, you may say, "oh you see that black dot, that’s the puck". But review it over and over and that black dot is the sign on the boards changing clarity, because of using a poor camera to video the game. That black dot is visible before the shot is taken by Stuart.
The ref is so far behind the play, he is at the blue line calling it a goal. That is terrible! There is not way in the world the ref saw the puck go in from there at that angle! We can all agree to that! This is just a plain mistake by the ref!
The ref last night made bad calls all night on both teams, we all know this as well! No ref is perfect, but he screwed up bad last night!!
Game 4 will be great from the Riders. They respond to bogus goals very well in the following games.
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