Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Weekly Roundup Riders PO 20 Bombs Big Games Face slappin Top Guns

The Ghostriders will play the Golden Rockets in the first round of the playoffs the schedule is below. The teams will go 1-1 because of ice time problems.  Fernie couldn't get the ice because of the Ice Carnival and Golden I hear had a hockey tournament.  It will mean lots of travel for the players.

The Ghostriders finished up the regular season with four games last week. They won 4-3 in Creston last Tuesday then played Invermere three times in a row. They won 7-2 at home Friday, 5-4 on the road and on Sunday in Fernie lost 3-2 in OT.

The Riders used AP 's Dalton Bouvier, Evan Pumphrey, and Trevor Broad Sunday and Jacen Richards last Saturday.

When this was written Cole Keebler, Travis Thomsen Dan Burgess were day to day with injuries and Doan Smith was listed as indefinite.

The Riders also finished up the season second overall in the KIJHL with 78  points, Osoyoos was first with 87. This means the Ghost will have home ice advantage for the first three rounds of the playoffs... if they keep winning.

Fernie finished with a 21-2-1-2  home record  and a 16-9-0-1 road record.

Golden had a 15-9-0-2 home record and a 8 -15 -0-3 road record.

The Ghostriders won all four games at home vs Golden but were only  1-3 in Golden.

Golden’s Head Coach and GM Ty Davidson announced that he will be leaving the team after the playoffs. Davidson was in Golden for four years but wanted to move closer to his family in Salmon Arm... it was just odd that the announcement came out before the playoffs .

Kimberley will play Creston in the first round of the playoffs, they will have a nice short travel schedule that may give the winner an advantage in the second round.

Fernie Ghostriders (1) vs. Golden Rockets (4)
Game 1: Wed., Feb. 18 at Fernie
Game 2: Fri., Feb. 20 at Golden
Game 3: Sun., Feb. 22 at Fernie
Game 4: Mon., Feb. 23 at Golden
Game 5: Wed., Feb. 25 at Fernie*
Game 6: Fri., Feb. 27 at Golden*
Game 7: Sat., Feb. 28 at Fernie*

Shout out to all the 20 bombs around the playing their final regular season game today, it's been one hell of a ride

Last Sunday Joel Burgess, Aaron Neufeld, Dylan Robertson, Sam Plaquin and Derek Georgopoulos played their last regular season junior games. How time flies, seems like yesterday when I asked Georgopoulos if he would like the KIJHL, who only had 4 20's at the time, to move up to 5 or 6 twenties. I think he was about to turn 18 and he said something like when I was sixteen I would have said no but as I get older... Derek played 169 regular season games. Neufeld 150   Burgess 153  Robertson 183 and Plaquin 48 KI games but many others in other leagues. 

Round the League

It has been hard for teams to post their game summaries on the KIJHL website for the last couple of weeks. The KIJHL and several of their teams use esports as their server, or host or what ever you want to call them and the web sites have been very slow lately.  The KIJHL isn't the only league with issues, the AJHL and  BCHL also use esports and have reported the same thing. The problem seems to happen on game nights when everyone is trying to input their info all at once. Esports probably has some bug going on but if you were wondering why the box scores are annoyingly late after the games... now you know. The other option is Pointstreak 

A popular Tweet Friday Night

Esports web sites slower than David Clarkson tonight

Just in case you were wondering about these two Star ex KIJHL er's
Ryan Edwards was named BCIHL Rookie of the Month for January for his 10 points in five games (four goals and six assists)….
Jamie Vlanich, who had yet make an appearance this year due to knee surgery  made his debut last weekend in a home-and-home series versus EWU and had 2 goals. Vlanich led the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) in scoring last year with 97 points while playing for the Nelson Leafs.He also had stops in Fernie and Castlegar. Edwards won it all with BV last year.

So Far this year

Nelson Leaf Robson Cramer to SFU of the BCIHL Full Story

Kelowna's Ethan Rusnack will join assistant coach Matt Sheeran and the U of central Oklahoma next year Full Story 

Nelson's Aaron Dunlap to the BCIHL read more here

Creston's Marcel Fuchs to Selkirk BCIHL Read More Here

Osoyoos' Troy Maclise to Selkirk of the BCIHL Read More

Some Players with Big Games Last Week

100 Mile 4 @ Kamloops 2
Brett Harris 4 A Syrota 1 G 1 A Suidy 1 G Lynch 1 G Stead the W in net.

Columbia Valley  2 @ Fernie7
Joel Burgess 2 G 2 A Plaquin and Keebler 2 G ea Orser the W in net. CVR Barker 1 G 1 A Att 825 

Nelson 8 @ Grand Forks 3
Michael Crawford  3 G 1 A Mike Rand 1 G 2A  MacDonald, Dunlap 1 G 1 A Shots 51-29 Maida the W in net.

Revelstoke 0 @ 100 Mile 5
Kristian Stead the shutout stoping 28. Devan Suidy 3 G Ward, Gilding 1 G ea Att 621

Kelowna 3 @ Princeton1
Dakota Kittle 1 G (GW) 2 A Lawson 2 G Turner the W in net.

News Item
Revelstoke went 8-2 in their last 10 games but missed the playoffs based on wins, Sicamous had 2 more. That was a valiant effort by the players.I feel for them but not for their  HC and GM who  is planning on holding a Spring Camp in Armstrong on March 27-29. For those who don't know, the Armstrong arena is the home ice of the KIJHL's  North Okanagan Knights

My take... the  Revelsoke management (Ryan Parent) scheduling a Spring Camp in another team's  rink is a slap in the face to the North Oak franchise, who had a terrible season and didn't need to be kicked when they were down.

And don't think this is just one writer ranting about this, several GM's round the league are pissed because they know how it would feel if it happened to them... they are at odds with this but not publicly, even North Oak's VP and GM Chuck Gallacher says he's not saying anything... but was quite agitated when I talked to him, however Gallacher says he will take the high road on this...but as readers of The Weekly Roundup know.... we don't travel on no high roads round here. So here's hoping for a poor turnout at the camp or better yet that Revelstoke cancels it. And what were the arena's managers thinking when they made that deal humiliating their main tenant anyway.
Last summer the league Governors voted yes to allow the new Grizz ownership (Parent) to take over the team, I'm betting right about now... some of them, one for sure,  are questioning how they voted ...

The tightest race
100 Mile52262100557
A Who's Hot from Sunday AM
Sicamous Eagles'
Justin Wilde

Even though the Eagles lost 3-2 in OT, Justin set up their first goal and scored the short-handed game tying goal to force OT and earning the single point needed to grab the final playoff spot in the Birks Division on Feb. 14

KIJHL Top Guns
Congrats To All These Guys.
Rider Doan Smith has missed several
games with an injury otherwise would
have been very close or even won.
Jason Richter (KD)52393170
Aaron Azevedo (OC)42254570
Ian Chrystal (KS)52352964
Doan Smith (FG)46352762
Troy Maclise (OC)49283462
Carson Cartwright (CVT)50313061
Steven Fiust (RG)52213960
Braeden Cyra (KC)50154560
Mitch Foyle (BVN)52332659
Tyler Chavez Leech (RG)51322759

Part of the Golden Press Release

Upon the end of our 2014/2015 season the Golden Rockets would like to congratulate our Head Coach and GM...Ty Davidson from Salmon Arm, B.C. for his decision to pursue and further his career closer to his home and family. Ty has been our most successful coach in franchise history leading us to several winning seasons and our "franchise historic" round 3 of the KIJHL playoffs in the 2012-2013 season! We have an exciting playoff run ahead of us still and Ty will be leading us every step of the way and will remain with the club until the conclusion of our spring camp on May 7-9th in Salmon Arm. The Golden Rockets will always have a special place in our hearts and memories of Ty  and wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavours

Golden Rockets will currently start accepting initial resumes and  contacts re: our future Head Coach and GM position...

Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should send a detailed cover letter, resume and names with contact information for references

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