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.