Thursday, 19 November 2015

Rider Roundup- no controversy- sorry skeptics

Ghostriders Notebook

The Ghostriders Tim Horton’s Player of the Week is first year speed skating centre  Mitch Titus and the McDonald’s Practice Player of the Week is  forward Evan Reid.

 AP Evan Traverse scored his first ever KIJHL goal last Friday against Invermere. A little on the small side but more than willing to go where he has to... hope he gets in a couple more games.

Despite missing time with an injury Cole Keebler was still leading all players in scoring to start the week with 39 points in 29 games.

Forward Evan Reid scored a goal last Friday and has 5 points in his last 5 games, Reid is in his first season as a forward. He played D last year here in Fernie.

Ben Sushkovsky is finished for the season with a broken rib and has left the team, Ben endeared himself to this column when he fought and surprised 6' 5" 220 lb Mike Main from Golden in October . His size and grit will be missed here.

With all the injuries Dan Burgess who started out as a defenceman but then went up front on the wing,and was liking it, has to go back on the blueline for the next couple of weeks. Here we like him up front as well.

The Riders are in Kimberley Friday, the Nitro's have actually lost a couple of games lately, Castlegar started it all with a 3-1 thirteen game  streak breaking win in Kimbo then Creston got board a 5-2 win at home last Saturday.

Trevor Broad will be in the lineup this week after serving a 1 game suspension for a fight in the Rockies game. I couldn't see it from where I was sitting but one of the Rockies speared him on the way to the bench, so that's why he started swinging in that game... we kinda like that.

Just reading that Chad Allen was fired as the Calgary Mustangs Head Coach, he got his start with the aforementioned Rockies several seasons ago, yeah I know you say who cares,... but I find this stuff interestin...It's also where Josh McCulloch is playing, Josh played here last season scoring 25 goals and 36 points  in 26 games before leaving for cowtown.

Kamloops looked pretty good when they were here in Fernie, they are just a game breaker away from first overall...

The Riders have 26 PP goals, (BV and Kelowna have 27)  and Zach Befus has 7 of them, the 19 year old has been a real good player for the Riders since he came here.

Saturday's Game

The Ghostriders play Sicamous here in Fernie on Saturday and it’s part one of a home and home with the Eagles. They play in Sicamous next Friday and in Revelstoke next Saturday, both games are scheduled Drive 99.1 radio broadcast games.

The Eagles played two games last week and in their first game  they had the dubious honour of being the first team to lose to the Golden Rockets  and it was a 6-1loss at home in Sicamous. If it would have been Creston, would I have said they had the Jeff dubious honour ? 

The Rockets had some extra motivation in that game as the Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Ty Davidson was the Head Coach and GM of the Rockets for the last five years. Safe to say many of Ty’s former players wanted to play well in front of him. Anyway the Eagles got back on track the next night with a 3-2 win against former Rider Coach Dale Hladun who is the head guy in 100 Mile House now.

The Ghostriders lost both games last weekend, 4-2 to Invermere and 4-0 to Kamloops. Several players are out of the lineup right now with injuries and a few who are in the lineup are playing hurt. Here is the day to day list of players who may or may not play Saturday. #4 Keagan Kingwell, #8 Ryan Teslak, #5 Travis Thomsen, #27 Mack Differenz, #13 Ryan Kennedy, #18 Spencer Bender, #25 Cole Keebler and # 22 Aidan Wilson. 

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