Monday, 11 December 2017

In your face mask

So last week Barry Petrachenko and his buddies at BC Hockey announced that full cages will be mandatory for all Jr B players next season. Read the press release here

This was no surprise to the guys here at Rider News, and here's why. Last August the Peninsula Panthers of the VIJHL decided that they were going make their players wear full cages this season. 

Hey any team can make that call if they want to. But when the Panthers made that announcement they did it while holding hands with guys from the BC Hockey money trough who were not about to miss a chance to grandstand a little hockey safety with some Panthers who you would think wanted out of their cages.. or something like that.  

So the writing was on the wall as far as we were concerned.

Another conspiracy theory also comes to mind after seeing BC Hockey issue last summer’s Alberta prospects camp ban.

I never understood why BC Hockey would suck-hole  to Hockey Alberta and agree to ban all  BC Jr B teams from having camps in Alberta like they did last summer. Why would you purposely try and hobble your province's teams ? 

 Well now with the face shields ruling many of the coaches at the Jr B level fear they will be at a disadvantage when recruiting next year, and some good players may want to play where the visor still rules. So is that all part of the Petrachenko "keep the Albertans in Alberta" and keep our BC Hockey jobs too, master plan.

Also on Twitter, a valuable verifiable news source, I see some guys speculating that the private owners on the coast will still charge the same pay to play rate while at the same time they save like “Scrooge” (well it’s Christmas time you guys) on the insurance. A win win for probably most owners.

And finally... Hockey Canada where are you !
Isn’t it a Hockey Canada deal to make the face shield rule, then make it across the country, not just some experimental fish farm venture like we have now.  

It’s time to eliminate the Provincial borders for hockey players and booze and all the other fun stuff and let HC take over... they already started the process a few years ago when they got rid of the import rule for out of province players... Canadians are Canadians unless you get paid to govern provincially ? ... finish it off HC.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Just the drivel tonight

The KIJHL is ruled by the Governors and not the President, the Governors usually work with the coaches and even have a hand in hiring them, so it's no wonder only the players show up on the KIJHL's discipline and transaction pages and not the coaches ... but they should be listed.

If you go to the two other BC Jr B leagues websites, (the VIJHL and PIJHL ) and look at their team stats you will see some players with an x beside their names. They are the guys who were at one time carded but were either traded or cut from the roster. It's great, you can easily see who has used a lot of cards and you can see if a GM has made a mistake when they moved a guy who is having a great season on another team. The KIJHL doesn't have  that feature ... see above.

The Golden Rockets lost 16-1 to Creston last Saturday. They have also traded a few players or are having a fire sale, whatever, it's not good for the league or the players, we need that fifth franchise in the Eddie Mountain Division.

The Riders got Ryan Partaker from Golden for what they call a PDF, player development fee.  Partaker has been good in my eyes, he finishes checks, has chipped in with a couple of goals, (4 points in 4 games) and is big enough to battle in the corners. 

Last Saturday Nelson and Castlegar went at it pretty good according to this story  and Nelson had one with Golden a few weeks ago as well, meanwhile  Creston and Kimberley chipped in with a few suspensions of their own a few games ago. This always seems to happen around Christmas time. Below is a KIJHL  Vice President (in charge of suspensions)  playing Scrabble with those players.

The KIJHL played two games in Quesnel in mid November, 100 Mile and North Okanagan each played Kamloops.The attendance was 930 and 1110.  Kamloops owner Barry Dewar has been pushing for expansion to Quesnell and Williams Lake for the past few years. They will be powerful teams when he eventually gets his way.

A nice commemorative now on the Ghostrider jerseys.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Saturday night in the division

Grand Forks 3 @ Fernie 2

In Sparwood newcomer Zane Avery's second goal of the game  in the second period was the eventual game winner. 
The Riders Brendan Nemes made it a 3-2 game mid third but Fernie couldn't beat Ross King to tie it up..
Broc Merkl was in net for the Riders and the shots were 39-30 Fernie. 

Columbia Valley 2 @ Kimberley 5

In Kimberley Bryce Mcdonald scored a pair of goals including the GW plus an assist and Brandt Bertoia had 3 A and the Nitro's get their 19th win on the year. Cody Campbell had the W in net. 

Creston 16 @ Golden 1

Yes this happened in Golden,Justin James had 8, Ron Wilkie 6 and Jack McArdle 5 points as the Cats claw the Rockets to death... hopefully not a real death... the league needs the Rockets.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Friday night in the division

Fernie 2 @ Kimberley 3

In Kimberley Cam Russell's goal in the second period turned out to be the game winner.
The shots were 43-45 for Kimberley and both goalies, Cody Campbell (KD) and Broc Merkl (FGR) were the players of the game. 
Both teams were shorthanded, Kimberley via suspensions and  Fernie because of injuries.  676 fans were at the game. 

Grand Forks 2 @ Columbia Valley 3 

In Invermere the Rockies scored 3 third period goals and Hunter Beckett had the game winner late in the period. 
The Bruins Trey Mason scored both GFBB goals. 

Monday, 27 November 2017

The Boston Pizza Player of the Month for November is #23 Grayson Neufeld

November 27th update

Saturday’s Game- In Sparwood

The Ghostriders play the Grand Forks Border Bruins Saturday  This will be the third and final regular season game with the Bruins this year. The last game was in October and the Bruins won 4-2 and on September 8th  in Grand Forks the Bruins won 4-3 in overtime.

The Bruins got off to a good start and were battling for first or second place for a while but are now in fourth and have  1-8-1 record in their last 10 games. So a shake up was due and last week Head Coach and GM Emery Olauson traded his top scorer, 20 year old Jordan Robertson, to Revelstoke for two younger players Jack McNamara and Zane Avery. Robertson was leading the whole league in scoring for several weeks so something bad musta happened.

Ghostrider Notebook

Fernie could get an outdoor rink read more here

The Ghostriders
lost 3-2 in Creston last Friday then trounced the Golden Rockets 7-2 on Saturday.

On Friday smooth skating Tristan Downe was named as the Player of the Game and Matt Rogers scored the lone Rider goal.

On Saturday Keelan Saworski had 2 goals and 2 assists was the Player of the Game. The other goal scorers were Kevin Pierce, Brendan Nemes, Ryan Partaker (his first as a Ghostrider ) Matt Rogers (scored in both games) and Jace Woodley (4th goal in last 5 games). Mitch Titus chipped in with 3 assists and now has 7G 15A.

Broc Merkl played both games in net last weekend, he had a fairly easy night against the Rockets but had 42 shots in Creston where he played well enough to give his team a chance to win. Broc was named as the Tim Horton’s Player of the Week.

All the best to Barry Wolff who was let go by the Coquitlam Express today. Wolff spent 3 years in Fernie in the junior A days and another year in 2012-13. After leaving Fernie for Coquitlam his Express won the BCHL Championship.


Goaltender Zak Larson is still a few weeks away from playing. Forward’s Greg Susinski and Owen Titus are also still a few weeks away while Kyle Haugo is day to day.
Shaun Pierce only played 1 game again last week and was day to day when this was written.

Kimberley and Creston
These two had a beauty last Saturday featuring KD Lucas Purdy getting a Match (7games) Harrison Risen (5 games) and Mason Palaga (2 games) There are more from both Kimberley and Creston along with Kelowna Nelson Revelstoke, below is a screen shot but it's easier to read right here

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Fernie and Creston win Saturday

Golden 2 @ Fernie 7

In Sparwood  Keelan Saworski had 2 goals  2 assists and Mitch Titus had 3 assists as the Riders outshoot Golden 50-24and win 7-2. Rocket's F Jake Gudjonson had both GR goals.

Creston 8 @ Kimberley 1

In Kimberley  Ron Wilkie scored 3 goals and added 2 assists and Liam Plunkett had a goal and 3 assists as  Creston hammers the Nitros and gets within 6 points of first place . Several amusing PIM, especially in the 3rd ... click on the score to view.

Spokane 6 @ Columbia Valley 1

In Invermere Kyle Donaldson scored 2 and Paxton Malone and Dawson Tritt each had a goal and an assist as Spokane gets a big 6-1 road win.