(Castlegar leads series 3-1)
One win away from Round Three after the most defensively responsible game (by both teams) of the series.
Jesse Knowler's deflection late in the second period was not only the only Castlegar goal not scored on the power-play, it was also the game-winner, as Castlegar escaped the Hawks Nest with another hard-earned victory.
Ryan Aynsley, Stuart Walton and Taylor Anderson also scored for Castlegar, who again gave up the first goal in the first minute (for the second time in the series) when Tyler Collins lifted a puck past Alex Ross, who collected his second straight victory in the closest rink to his home town of Montrose.
Ryon Sookro, who earlier in the day was named the KIJHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player, scored twice for BV. Zach Perehudoff was strong between the pipes in his first KIJHL playoff start, as he took over for Mike Vlanich.
Castlegar's penalty-killing was the difference, as the Nitehawks went 1/10 on the power-play (Sookro's second goal late in the third period was the only special teams marker for the home side). The home side failed to capitalize on 3 two-man advantages in a game that saw plenty of penalties dished out (Castlegar went 3/7).
Up Next: Game Five goes Thursday night at the Complex (a 7:30 PM start). Hope to see you at the rink (and if not, hope to have you aboard for the webcast)!
Out of Town: Creston Valley isn't going away. Despite being outshot 41-29 they defeated Fernie 2-1 on home ice tonight to even the Eddie Mountain division final at 2-2. Osoyoos eliminated the Kelowna Chiefs in four straight with a 5-0 win in Rutland tonight. Kyle Laslo, who today was named the league's top goaltender, made 19 saves for the shutout.