The Columbia Valley Rockies have upset the Fernie Ghostriders in the KIJHL playoffs, sweeping the second-seed in four straight games to advance to the Eddie Mountain Division Final.
Entering the series on a six-game losing streak, the Rockies completely flipped the script on a Ghostriders team that had won five straight heading into the postseason.
After 4-3, 3-1, and 4-3 victories in the opening three games of the series, Columbia Valley completed the sweep on Tuesday with a 4-0 shutout at Invermere’s Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena.
Bretton Park made 31 saves for the shutout, as the 19-year-old maintains a perfect playoff record with a .952 SV% and a 1.75 GAA. Colby Phillips scored two goals to lead the Rockies in the win while Brennan Nelson (3A) and Connor Davison (1G, 2A) each had three points in the series-clinching game.
The Rockies now await the winner of the other Eddie Mountain Division Semifinal, as the Kimberley Dynamiters currently lead that series over the Creston Valley Thunder Cats three games to one.
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|Game 1||Fri. February 28th||Rockies (4) @ Ghostriders (3)||Fernie Memorial Arena||7:30pm|
|Game 2||Sat. February 28th||Rockies (3) @ Ghostriders (1)||Fernie Memorial Arena||7:30pm|
|Game 3||Mon. March 2nd||Ghostriders (3) @ Rockies (4)||Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena||7:00pm|
|Game 4||Tues. March 3rd||Ghostriders (0) @ Rockies (4)||Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena||7:00pm|
Rockies win Game 4 with a score of 4-0 and take the series in 4!!!
Posted by Columbia Valley Rockies on Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Rider Fans, on behalf of the entire Ghostriders organization we thank you for all of your support this season. We didn’t meet our goal this season, & it’s disappointing, but we are so grateful to have such a loyal fanbase & we look forward to seeing you next season! pic.twitter.com/hPF8kpI8H2
— Fernie Ghostriders (@kijhlghostrider) March 4, 2020