The Riders still have 2 games in hand but with the number of injuries they have they could end up in fourth before they heal up.
Lots of shots and Fernie's Jeff Orser and Rockies Connor McKay were both called upon to make some big saves but neither was a game star and many of the shots were from the outside. The teams took turns in each other's end but found it hard to get the great chances on a regular basis.
Besides the injuries listed below, the difference was size, the Riders were finishing their checks regularly but it didn't seem to phase the larger Rockies. The Rockies came to play and weren't particularlly chippy and weren't getting involved in any fights either. In the third the Riders Trevor Broad tried to start a fight after he was bumped on a line change starting a scrum that resulted in a 5 minute PP for the Rockies with just 8:54 left in the game and a 3-1 lead.
The Riders killed the penalty then speedy AP Evan Traverse scored his first ever goal with 3:17 left. Evan Reid had the assist and also scored the first goal. Reid, who was a D man last season was one of the bright spots for the Ghost up front with a goal and an assist and 3 goals and 2 assists in his last four games.
The Riders had some chances with their net empty but Mike Cardinal put one in with :09 left on the clock. Harrison Davies with a goal and an assist had the game winner.
The Riders were without D men Travis Thomsen and Ryan Teslak then Keagan Kingwell got hurt in the second and didn't play in the third. A devastating blow with these guys out and likely Trevor Broad tonight as well for the fight in the last ten minutes. As for the forwards Aidan Wilson, Mack Differenz, Spencer Bender and Cole Keebler were also out and that probably hurt the PP which is one of the highest scoring ones in the league.
Newcomer Nolan Lagace looks better every shift and when the team gets healthy, if they ever do, he will really be a bonus.
Tonight it's the Kamloops Storm here in Fernie, they lost 4-2 as well last night in Kimberley with an EN goal too. The Storm, who play a very defensive game outshot the Dynamiters 27-17 last night but found Tyson Brouwer just as hard to solve as he was in the KI final last year against the Storm.
AP Evan Traverse
|Columbia Valley Rockies||@||Fernie Ghostriders|
|STARS OF THE GAME|
|HOME STAR||AWAY STAR|
|Columbia Valley Rockies|
|1-0 Fernie Ghostriders at 14:00 - Evan Reid from Tayler Sincennes|
|1-1 Columbia Valley Rockies at 12:04 (PP) - Colton Sandboe from Donoven Quintin and Micheal Cardinal|
|2-1 Columbia Valley Rockies at 14:25 - Zachary Ross from Harrison Davies|
|3-1 Columbia Valley Rockies at 7:14 - Harrison Davies from Nigel Swab and Colton Sandboe|
|3-2 Fernie Ghostriders at 3:17 - Evan Traverse from Evan Reid|
|4-2 Columbia Valley Rockies at 0:09 (EN)- Micheal Cardinal (unassisted)|
|Fernie Ghostriders at 13:04 - Alex Cheveldave for Goaltender interference (2 Min.)|
|Columbia Valley Rockies at 17:11 - Liam Thomas for Roughing (2 Min.)|
|Columbia Valley Rockies at 10:35 - Donoven Quintin for Cross-checking (2 Min.)|
|Fernie Ghostriders at 3:15 - Justin Peers for High-sticking (4 Min.)|
|Fernie Ghostriders at 8:54 - Trevor Broad for Fighting (5 Min.)|
|Columbia Valley Rockies at 8:54 - Donoven Quintin for Roughing After The Whistle (2 Min.)|
|Columbia Valley Rockies at 8:54 - Micheal Cardinal for Roughing After The Whistle (2 Min.)|
|Fernie Ghostriders at 8:54 - Ty Carron for Roughing After The Whistle (2 Min.)|
|Fernie Ghostriders at 8:54 - Trevor Broad for Instigator (2 Min.)|
|Columbia Valley Rockies at 8:54 - Donoven Quintin for Game Misconduct|
|Fernie Ghostriders at 8:54 - Trevor Broad for Game Misconduct|
|Fernie Ghostriders at :09 - Alex Cheveldave for Roughing (2 Min.)|
|COLUMBIA VALLEY ROCKIES PLAYER STATS|
|COLUMBIA VALLEY ROCKIES GOALIE STATS|
|1||Connor McKay (W)||60:00||38||36|
|30||Giovanni Sambrielaz (Backup)||0:00||0||0|
|FERNIE GHOSTRIDERS PLAYER STATS|
|FERNIE GHOSTRIDERS GOALIE STATS|
|1||Jeff Orser (L)||58:20||33||30|
|30||Brandon Butler (Backup)||0:00||0||0|