Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Weekly Roundup The Good The Bad and the Ugly

The Ghostriders won one and lost one last weekend. They had a 6-2 win at home against Creston last Friday then lost 4-2 in Kimberley on Saturday. Both game sheets are below in previous posts.

In the Creston game the Riders led 4-0 after one, 5-1 after two, then 6-2 at the end of the game. Five of Fernie’s goals were on the power play and they finished the night at 5-14 on the aforementioned PP. 

Sam Plaquin scored his goal after making a huge hit right behind his own net freeing the up puck for Aaron Neufeld who eventually gave it back to him allowing Sam the chance to make  a nice move to deke out the goalie. Derek Georgopoulos, Doan Smith, Justin Peers, Cole Keebler and defensive D-man Dustin Watt with his first of the year scored the other goals. Jeff Orser got his sixteenth win of the year in net and had an assist on the Keebler goal. Orser should have had another assist when he made the pass of the night right up the middle to the usually dependable (to score)  Justin Peers who picked it up on the Creston side of centre and went in all alone but couldn’t beat star goalie Brock Lefebvre, who was eventually chased out of the Creston net anyway.

 Creston was 0-2 on the power play so you can guess what happened in that game with a million PIM, mostly against them. Dylan Robertson was tagged for a fight but sure seemed like he was trying not to fight knowing he would be suspended if he had his third fight of the year. Lots of things happened in that game and it would’ve been classed as a “hard game to officiate" if one of the referee evaluators who sometimes show up at the rink was hangin around.

In Kimberley the Riders were tied 1-1 in the first down 3-2 in the second but couldn’t beat Tyson Brouwer in the third despite firing 11 shots at him. Joel Burgess scored both Rider goals and Sam Plaquin had 2 assists Evan Reid 1 A.  Hardly any penalties in Kimbo as well, this is certainly an off year for hate, but we still have a few more chances for chaos before the season’s over. Maybe the dynamite and riding jack boots will show up onDecember 28th and the  29th (in Fernie) but either way the games are always entertaining when these guys get together.

Halfway points.
So we're a little past the halfway mark in the season and it couldn't have gone any better... well the crowd's coulda been better... but the on ice product is a mile ahead of last season when the team finished the year with 54 points. The Riders already have 51 with 20 games left to play and Im bettin they gonna win a couple more games and score a bunch of goals as well. Last year the team scored 173 goals and were -2 in 3rd place. This year with 20 to go they already have 152 goals and are plus 64. The job the coaches have done getting the team to stay focused, play hard, and get in great shape has been outstanding. The fans sure can't complain, there are lots of great skating and scoring guys to watch, it has been a pleasure so far this yr.

HC GM Craig Mohr has done an excellent job recruiting and trading and the improvement has been just about as good as it gets... and he still has some cards up his sleeve along with D man Dan Burgess 96 (Joel's younger brother) skating with the club in hopes he can make the team. It's probably not a co-incidence that he grew up with former Ghostrider Head Coach Fred Harbinson (Pentiction Vees now ) who is quite possibly the best recruiter in the CJHL (just ask the NCAA coaches for proof) and won the AWHL Championship the last year he was here.

Round the League
Creston Coach Jeff Dubois was angry with Kimberley Coach Jerry Bancks and accused him of verbally attacking his players in a game last week. The next day in the Creston paper  Dubois told him he should "Shut his Mouth". We love it when the other Coaches attack each other and you can too "Read all about it" here

Posse forward  Brandon Schaber got a stick in the face and his pic was on Twitter.. nasty stuff, hope you get better soon Brandon!

KIJHL scoring leader Bryan Lubin has left the KI for the Northern Ontario Hockey League (Jr A) and will play in Kirkland Lake with the Gold Miners. Odd they would take a 94, but they are a first place team and are going for it... so good luck in the Mines Bryan.

In Kamloops the Storm became the third team to lose two points for using ineligible players. They won 7-3 in 100 Mile on Dec 12th but lost the points just like  Kelowna who defeated Osoyoos 5-0 back in October and Nelson November 7th who beat Creston 5-2 in Creston did.

In High River Carter Corrigan (95) and Eli Gosselin (94) who was the Captain of the High River Flyers, were both killed in a car accident. Gosselin was a personal friend of Rider defensemen Matt Pronchuk. There is never a good time for something like that to happen but it sure seems worse at this time of the year. Our condolences go out to the families involved and to Matt. A little more on this here

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