Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rebels 2 Coyotes 0

(series tied 2-2)

Another outstanding home-ice performance by the Rebels has evened the KIJHL finals at 2 games apiece.

Jesse Knowler scored the game-winner early in the second period, when he stripped an Osoyoos defenseman at the blue line and fired a shot through the legs of goaltender Kyle Laslo.

Taylor Anderson added a second-period tally after he created a turnover in the Osoyoos zone as well. The Rebels outhit, outscored and frustrated their opponents for the second straight night on home ice, and set up a pivotal Game 5 Friday night at the SunBowl Arena.

It was a quiet night at times for Alex Ross, but the 19 year-old stopped everything that came his way for his first shutout of the playoffs.

The line of Anderson, Tyler Robinson and Erik Wentzel seemed to be the largest thorn in the side of the 'Yotes, as they hit everyone, everywhere and created a few quality scoring chances. And while there weren't as many penalties issued tonight as in previous games, the unit of Jamie Vlanich, Stuart Walton, Erik Alden and Corbin Legros was outstanding, especially during a first-period kill that saw them hemmed in their own zone for more than two minutes.

To call either tonight's game or yesterday's Game 3 lopsided would be unfair, but it's clear the Rebels had a little bit extra in their tanks with close to 800 screaming fans behind them. Whether the momentum can carry on into Friday's Game 5 remains to be seen, but it seems as though 45 hours is much to long to have to wait to find out.

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