(series tied 1-1)
A much better effort from the home side means this series is tied heading back to the Complex.
Fernie scored early and often, taking Game 2 by a 5-2 final, thanks in part to a pair of goals from Castlegar product Scott Morisseau.
Connor McLaughlin, Luke Richardson and Cale Wright also scored for Fernie, while Spencer Brodt and Tyler Robinson replied for Castlegar, who scored twice whilst short-handed.
The Rebels fell victim again to that demon known as the slow start. We saw it several times against Beaver Valley and again tonight, as McLaughlin's goal came 48 seconds in, and Castlegar found themselves down a pair by the three-minute mark. The West Kootenay visitors also took several stick infraction penalties, and were it not for a couple of odd-man breaks when short-handed tonight's game could have had a different complexion.
Former Rebel Andrew Walton was also much stronger between the pipes after a so-so performance last night. You can bet he'll be bringing his "A" game back to his home rink.
The series now shifts to the Complex for Games 3 and 4 Thursday and Saturday. And after crowds of 600+ for each of the first two games, here's hoping fans in Castlegar can pack the stands to the rafters this weekend.
Exactly what I said on yesterdays blog comment... Fernie needs to use speed and 60 minutes of effort will get us the win. They did exactly that and won. It also looked like the Riders knew what your game plan was... to hit them, so they did some hitting themselves tonight that hurt one player badly on Castlegar, hope he still has all his ribs intact!
If it was not for one of our defensemen, it would have likely been a 5-0 game. This particular defenseman was responsible for your 2 goals tonight and 2 last night. He was benched tonight. I like him, but in the playoffs he needs to stay focused and stay off his holiday attitude with lazy passing and throwing the puck onto opponents sticks during Fernie's power plays, or while holding the puck in his end. I hope he wakes up, because he's great when he is on his game.
Looking forward to the next couple games out of town!!!
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