(Castlegar leads series 2-1)
Well if that doesn't provide some water cooler discussion, I don't know what will.
Stuart Walton scored a controversial goal with 1:28 remaining to lift the Rebels past the Fernie Ghostriders 5-3 in the most even game of the series so far.
Walton, cutting down the right wing, took a high wrist shot that his older brother Andrew Walton appeared to catch with his blocker before it snuck in under the bar. Referee Mike Page signaled a goal, and despite protests from just about everyone on the 'Riders bench (and on the ice), and a lengthy discussion among striped mates, the goal stood. For the record, Stuart was adamant the puck went in during his post-game interview, I'll post the audio once it's aired on Mountain FM tomorrow morning.
Again, the Rebels were struck by a slow start, as Fernie defenceman Jeff Zmurchyk snuck home a point shot 1:59 into the opening frame. Anthony DeLong and Luke Richardson traded pretty goals to make the score 2-1 Fernie through 20 minutes.
After Connor McLaughlin gave the visitors a 3-1 edge, Castlegar got late second period goals from Jesse Knowler and Ryan Aynsley (the latter coming with only 18 seconds remaining in the frame) to even the score at 3-3 after two periods.
That set up the stage for Walton's winner, which as you can see below, is inconclusive, even when broken down frame-by-frame.
A huge win for the Rebels, but time will tell if Fernie will use the injustice as motivation for Game 4. All things settled, it should be a terrific tilt Saturday night at the Complex.
Up Next: As mentioned above, Game Four will be Saturday night at the Complex, a 7:30 Pacific time start.
Out of Town: The Okanagan final is all square at 2 games apiece after Revelstoke beat Osoyoos 2-1 in overtime tonight.
Satellite Debris: I had it mentioned to me that the webcast was malfunctioning tonight. After taking a look it appears as though my machine was having trouble re-connecting with our broadcast server. Unlike an issue earlier this year, it doesn't appear to have been an internet issue on our end. I apologize for any difficulties endured by viewers tonight, I'm sure everything will be resolved in advance of Game Four.