Ask any coach and they'll tell you that usually the hardest game to win in a series is the one that eliminates your opponent.
The Riders won the game but also won the big hit parade by a fairly wide margin Saturday and they had quite a few more grade A scoring chances than the Dynamiters as well.
For a change it was the Ghost who won the special teams battle, they went 1-3 on the power play and and killed all 5 Nitro PP chances while at the same time outshooting em 32-18.
Kimberley's Tanner Wit from Hunt and Doell scored first in the 2nd but Nolan Lagace tied the game when he received a nice pass from Aidan Wilson right in front of the net and fired it in.
In the third Wilson scored on the PP from Mack Differenz (who had 2 assists) and Ryan Teslak, then Evan Reid unassisted scored in the empty net to seal the deal with 1:40 left in the third.
Brandon Butler picked up the win in net stopping 17 and Tyson Brouwer who has had 2 shutouts so far stopped 29 in the loss.
Brouwer was named as the Player of the Game and Evan Reid with his 2nd goal of the series was the Rider's POG. Honourable mention to Alex Cheveldave and Wilson who were the Coaches picks . Wilson after scoring the GW and making the great pass to setup the first goal. Butler was good but not the POG... that should tell you something.
The Nitro's were without top scoring D Jordan Busch, Austin Moser, James Rota and another big gun in Keenan Haase... Welcome to the club ! Busch who was the Eddie Mt. D of the year will be back Monday after serving a 2 game suspension for a head shot.
The Riders got fearless Coleton Dawson back wearing a cage and some screws after surgery but still have Cole Keebler, Travis Thomsen, Kyle Haugo, Dan Burgess, Jeff Orser and Justin Peers out with injuries.
1010 noisy fans were at the game and game 6 will likely be in Fernie Tuesday at 7:30
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We thought there was such a thing as a fairly stiff penalty for making mockery of the game too, but,