Playoff hockey has returned to the Eddie Mountain Memorial arena in a big way.
After four years without a playoff appearance, the Columbia Valley Rockies put together a great season notching 21 wins to earn the right to face the Fernie Ghostriders in the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Eddie Mountain Division playoffs.
The first two games were played in Fernie. Both teams earned a win to send the series back to Invermere all tied up.
Tuesday night (Feb. 26), the large crowd was treated to a close scoring, tight checking game. The Rockies seemed nervous in the first period. Thanks to a late goal, the score after 20 minutes was 1 – 1.
In the second period the Rockies settled into a patient, disciplined style of play. They finally looked comfortable in their building with their fans firmly behind them; the nerves were wearing off.
The Rockies scored in the third period and refused to relinquish the lead. The final score was Rockies 2 – Ghostriders 1.
The Rockies fell 3-1 to the Riders on Thursday and the series returns to Fernie tonight (March 1) tied two games apiece.
The game at the Fernie rink should be barnburner tonight as it is day one of Griz Days in the city.
Below are a few photos from the Eddie. Click on an image to enlarge and begin self-directed slide show.
By Lisa Ede and Bob EdeTags: Bob EdeColumbia Valley RockiesEddie Mountain DivisionEddie Mountain Memorial ArenaFernie GhostridersGriz DaysKootenay International Junior Hockey LeagueLisa Ede
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