Saturday, March 5, 2011

It Will Be Fernie

Johnny Park had the eventual game-winner in Fernie's 3-1 Game 7 victory over the Creston Valley Thunder Cats tonight, as the 'Riders clinched the Eddie Mountain division title.

That means Fernie and Castlegar will meet for the Kootenay Conference crown beginning (tentatively) Monday night in the Elk Valley.

How can you not love this matchup. Fernie's visit to Castlegar in October (a 4-3 Rebels overtime victory, winner courtesy Taylor Anderson) might just have been the game of the year at the Complex this season, and the return engagement at the Fernie Memorial Arena (a 3-1 Rebels win) was no slouch either.

How can you not love the side stories. Andrew Walton and Alex Ross were running mates with Castlegar for more than a year until the blockbuster trade that saw Mike Wiest and Jamie Vlanich come (back) to the West Kootenay on December 1st. Castlegar's Scott Morisseau, the two-time defending KIJHL scoring champ and current league MVP, gets to play against his hometown team.

They were at the top of their divisions when the regular season ended just under a month ago. They are at the top of their divisions now. Just like last round, this promises to be a heck of a best-of-seven, I know I can't wait.


Anonymous said...

It was a hell of a game in Fernie. The Riders dominated, but Creston was a very tough team to deal with, since the trades. I must say I have not seen a battle like this since the Riders joined the KIJHL.
Now Fernie is warmed up and ready to face the Rebels, who are also a very tough team to beat. The Rebels have blasting power on the point, and Fernie lacks this, so it will be interesting to see where the difference will be with goal scoring on power plays.
Anyways it will be a great series and I can see another seven games happening. Good luck to both teams.

Anonymous said...

Talk about side stories... What about Andrew and Stuart Walton? Will Stuart be able to score a few on his brother?

Anonymous said...

hi chris

at the start of the season i said the rebels would be tough to beat this year because of junker and the crew. now youre in the conf finals.
go rebels go.