(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.