The Columbia Valley Rockies have a 2-0 series lead over the Fernie Ghostriders in the Eddie Mountain Division Semifinals, as the Rockies took both games in Fernie before returning to Invermere Monday and Tuesday for Games 3 and 4.
The Ghostriders had a five-game winning streak coming into the KIJHL playoffs while the Rockies were on a six-game losing skid. Columbia Valley quickly flipped the script on Friday with a 4-3 victory in Game 1.
Trading goals the majority of the contest, the teams were tied 1-1 after the opening period and 3-3 after the second. Down 3-1 midway through the second period, the Ghostriders scored back-to-back goals on the power play to close out the period.
Despite their efforts to tie the game and to take the lead, the Rockies would net the game-winning goal with 1:21 remaining. Greg Parker would be the hero for Columbia Valley, as the Rockies narrowly outshot the Ghostriders 41-38. Bretton Park made 35 saves for the Rockies and posted a .921 SV% while Brett Balas turned aside 37 shots for the Ghostriders with a .902 SV%.
Columbia Valley would keep their momentum rolling from Game 1 on Friday, stealing a 3-1 win from the Ghostriders at Fernie Memorial Arena in Game 2 on Saturday night.
Fernie outshot the Rockies 42-27 in Game 2, but Park would once again stand tall. The Columbia Valley netminder made 41 saves to steal the game, earning a .976 SV%. Erik Lloyd, Tristan Lambert, and Owen Hughes would all score for the Rockies in the 3-1 victory.
Holding on to the 2-0 series lead, the Rockies will look to take a commanding lead and potentially setup for a series sweep as Game 3 and Game 4 go from Invermere’s Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena on Mondy and Tuesday. Both games hit the ice at 7:00 pm.
|Game 1||Fri. February 28th||Ghostriders (3) vs Rockies (4)||Fernie Memorial Arena||7:30pm|
|Game 2||Sat. February 28th||Ghostriders (1) vs Rockies (3)||Fernie Memorial Arena||7:30pm|
|Game 3||Mon. March 2nd||Rockies vs Ghostriders||Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena||7:00pm|
|Game 4||Tues. March 3rd||Rockies vs Ghostriders||Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena||7:00pm|
|Game 5*||Thurs. March 5th||Ghostriders vs Rockies||Fernie Memorial Arena||7:30pm|
|Game 6*||Fri. March 6th||Rockies vs Ghostriders||Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena||7:00pm|
|Game 7*||Sat. March 7th||Ghostriders vs Rockies||Fernie Memorial Arena||7:30pm|
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