Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Weekly Roundup...convenience stores, lotto-trades, POM, in the navy litter box

The Riders won another couple of games last weekend starting in Kimberley last Friday with a 4-1 win then at home to Creston on Saturday where they got a 6-3 W giving them an undefeated 13-0-1 home record, and a 6-4-0-1 road record.

The Ghostriders have a few big injuries including top scorer Josh McCulloch with 22 goals in 23 games but when you have key guys out it gives the other players more ice time on different lines and a chance to show what they got. 

Justin Peers did just that, he had 2 goals and an assist in the 4-1 Kimberley win and had a goal against Creston. Since coming back from an injury 7 games ago he has 11 points. He should open up a convince store...

Goal of the Week
Justin Peers from Cole Keebler scored the Riders tying 3rd goal passing back and forth in front of the Cat net (it was a litter box when they were done with it) on one of the nicest passing plays I have seen this year.

 Cole Keebler continued his hot play with 2 goals and 4 assists last week and a happy Coach Craig Mohr saying that he may be playing with Peers and Doan Smith for a while. Might wanna by a lottery ticket Cole.
Mohr on Smith, cause you were wondering who he is,  in a minute, and we'll get a photo up there as well shortly when our pal Sara from the FFP takes one) 

Jeff Orser was named as the Boston Pizza Player of the Month for November. Jeff had 5 wins 1 loss and 1 tie. He'll be able to use the gift card when he pays the madam, orser, at the till... 
Jeff Orser (FG)16132.22.922
Alex Kong (INACT)632.22.902
Brett Soles (OC)15122.33.909
Jason Sandhu (KS)17102.38.897
Patrick Kasper (SE)1142.52.930
Lawrence Langan (OC)22172.53.910
Olivier Charest (SE)1282.55.924
Adam Maida (NL)1472.67.890
Drake Poirier (BVN)1492.79.912
Mitchell Martell (CVT)

In the Creston game it was 3-3 going into the third before the Riders broke it open with three in a row from Sam Plaquin PP, Cavin Tilsley and Evan Reid. Joel Burgess, Reid and Keebler each finished that game with a goal and 2 assists and Brandon Butler got the win in net as well against a pretty good defensive styled hard to score against Thunder Cat team.

Boys just wanna have fun...
The Riders only had 16 skaters in the Creston game, the media and coaches may say oh boo that's bad... but the players who find themselves in that situation love the extra ice, specially the fourth liners...

The sixteen-year-old report.
Cavin Tilsley and Kyle Haugo both did some things last weekend as well. Tilsley had a goal and 2 assists and D man Haugo played D in Kimbo but went up front in the Creston game and even ended up with a few good chances. With his size he may be able to play either position. Tilsley, meanwhile, skates at a Jr A level and is averaging .5 points a game. 

The December 1st carding date went by and GM Craig Mohr made a big splash with a couple of trades. First off he got nineteen year old Cranbrook defenseman Will Lightfoot back from Princeton where he was traded to last season. Will never played a game there because he had a chance to play in the Jr. "A" SHJL  with the Notre Dame Hounds. This season Lightfoot was traded to La Ronge and then to Ontario so he decided f- that I'll come home instead. So when he became available this year Mohr jumped on the chance to bring him back home. 

For the record, Lightfoot played here 2 years ago for HC/ GM Barry Wolff but was moved to Princeton by then HC Dale Hladun for goalie Phoenix Logan -Hill and Dakota Lepa. Lepa played in the AJHL last year and Logan Hill decided not to return to Fernie deciding to try life In the Navy instead.

Next up Mohr then moved D man Ty Rebelato and forward Kale Johnston  to Invermere for Doan Smith who had 22 goals and 39 points in 26 games and 14 in his last 7  on a last place team. Meaning Smith knows his way around a power play and can score without a lot of help that he will get plenty of here in Fernie. So it looks like Mohr gets an A+ credit  rating on December 1st.

 Forward's Dylan Robertson, Spencer Bender, Jason Yan, and David Kelly are all listed as day to day and possible for the three game weekend coming up.  Josh McCulloch is also a maybe as Coach Mohr says he is progressing quickly from his injury.

Last year's Best D man and Rookie of the Year Josh Teves had this tweet out on his Twitter feed... congratulations Josh !

I am extremely excited to announce my commitment to Princeton University. Can't wait to put on the Tigers jersey.  

Round' the League 
The Kelowna Chiefs got Nick Josephs back on December 1st. He was leading the league in scoring with 37 goals and 38 assists in 33 games when he was picked up by Salmon Arm mid season last year but didn't make is as a 20 yr old this year. Kelowna had this to say  “Adding Nick Josephs to our team is nothing less than spectacular,” says head coach Jason Tansem. “Nick is not only a fantastic hockey player; he is tremendous role model, leader and teammate. Saying we are excited to have him back is an understatement.”

Hummmm bettin Summerland is saying something like that now as well after trading Braden Saretsky to Kimberley for their top goal scorer Tyson Klingspohn
21 G in 26 games. Don't know what happened in Kimbo but they have traded two good players in the last cupla weeks.
Taylor Rocca of the Cranbrook Townsman had this in his Klingspohn story
According to Nitros head coach Jerry Bancks, Klingspohn was a healthy scratch for disciplinary reasons Friday against Fernie. The 18-year-old forward subsequently requested a trade to be closer to his hometown of Penticton.
"Myself and the entire Dynamiters organization are extremely proud of the opportunity we gave Tyson to grow as a player and young man," Bancks said in a statement. "We are disappointed that he was unhappy here and has chosen to go back to his hometown team."
Here is the Nitro's Josh Lockhart's November All Star Team, Jeff Orser is on it as is Nelson's Robson Cramer, 32 points in 27 games, we hi light that because he is a D man.

Darryl Olsen is the new (interim) coach in Grand Forks after they silently axed Brad Snyder. They have no statement on their web site but have taken Snyder's name off of it and their stupid newspaper is subscription so no story for now.

Here are the transactions near Dec 1st that the GM's have posted.
01-Dec-14The Creston Valley Thunder Cats transfer the playing rights of D Trevor Beaton (95) to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the VIJHL in return for future considerations.
29-Nov-14The Fernie Ghostriders trade Kale Johnston (95F) and Ty Rebelato (95D) to the Columbia Valley Rockies in exchange for Doan Smith(95F)
29-Nov-14The Kimberley Dynamiters aquire the kijhl playing rights of forward Braden Saretsky from the Summerland Steam in exchange for the kijhl playing rights of forward Tyson Klingspohn.
29-Nov-14The Fernie Ghostriders acquire Will Lightfoot (95D) from the Princeton Posse
25-Nov-14The Creston Valley Thunder Cats acquire the playing rights of forward Kyle Richter (94) from the Westshore Wolves of the VIJHL in return for the playing rights of forwards Tyler Fyfe (97) and Christian Brandt (96).
25-Nov-14The Creston Valley Thunder Cats acquire the playing rights of forward Christian Brandt (96) from the Campbell River Storm of the VIJHL in return for future considerations.

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