Fernie Ghostriders goalie Dylan Lacroix (#31) prepares for the second period at game four of the playoff series against the Columbia Valley Rockies on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. The scoreboard reads 0-3 for the Rockies. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie Ghostriders goalie Dylan Lacroix (#31) prepares for the second period at game four of the playoff series against the Columbia Valley Rockies on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. The scoreboard reads 0-3 for the Rockies. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders take heavy loss in playoff game, head for do-or-die match against Rockies

Game five of the playoff series ended 7-0 for the Columbia Valley Rockies

The Ghostriders took a heavy loss in game five of their playoff series against the Columbia Valley Rockies, putting them in a do-or-die situation as they head to game six Tuesday (March 1) night.

Game five took place on Monday (Feb. 28) at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere, and saw the Rockies defeat the Ghostriders 7-0, putting them in the lead for the series, 3-2.

It was the second win in a row for the Rockies, who also defeated the Ghostriders at the Fernie Memorial Arena 6-2 on Saturday (Feb. 26) night, tying the series 2-2. The Fernie team had taken a short-lived lead in the series on Friday (Feb. 25), when they defeated Columbia Valley 4-3 in a game that saw the Ghostriders catch up and ultimately take the win in a high-energy third period.

Monday’s game saw three goals in the first period from the Rockies, two goals in the second period, and a final two in the third period. Columbia Valley’s goalie Grady Nicholas (#33) took the shutout, while Ghostriders’ goalie Dylan Lacroix (#31) was replaced in net at 12:56 after the Rockies’ third goal of the game. Thomson Casey (#1) stayed in Fernie’s net for the rest of them game, letting in four more goals before the third period clock struck zero.

There were 11 penalties total through the game, with eight going to the Ghostriders. Fernie had 23 shots on goal, and Columbia Valley had 50.

The Ghostriders’ defeat puts them in a do-or-die situation as they head into game six on Tuesday night. If they lose, the Rockies will take the series victory. The game is taking place at the Fernie Memorial Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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