Trail’s Thomas Abenante scored three points, and Connor Morgan notched the game-winning goal late in the second period as the Fernie Ghostriders doubled the Castlegar Rebels 4-2 in Game 5 of the KIJHL’s Kootenay Conference final Monday.
The Ghostriders led 2-0 through 20 minutes on goals by Abenante and Luke Richardson before Morgan widened the gap at the 18:31 mark of the second period.
The Rebels would climb back to within one on power-play markers by Taylor Anderson and Aaron Brewer, but Castlegar product Scott Morisseau helped restore a two-goal advantage when he set up defenceman Josh Garneau for Fernie’s fourth goal.
Andrew Walton made 18 saves for the victory while Alex Ross stopped 29 of 33 Ghostrider shots in a losing cause.
Fernie could be without Morgan for Tuesday’s Game 6 (7:30 p.m., Complex).
The 19-year-old forward was assessed a checking from behind major and a game misconduct after hitting Rebels defenceman Tyler Jones.
Despite the loss, the Rebels maintain a 3-2 series edge, and can advance to the KIJHL finals against Osoyoos with a victory Tuesday night.