Sunday, 22 November 2015

Riders win two on the weekend

The Ghostriders won both of their games last weekend, 3-2 in OT on the road in Kimberley and 4-2 at home against Sicamous. The line of Cole Keebler (5), Zach Befus (6) and Justin Peers (5) was the story for the Riders as they had all but one of the goals and a total of 16 points between them. Befus had the power play OT winner in Kimberley as well . Jeff Orser got the big road  win and Brandon Butler got the win at home against Sicamous. The Riders play in Sicamous then go to Revelstoke next weekend. 

Huge win for the Ghostriders in Kimberley last Friday, and almost as fun as the win was watching all the Twitter idiots and hearing about the fans on hand who were attacking the referee who gave the Riders 2 power plays late in the game including one in the OT  that resulted in the Befus goal. Cause everyone knows the refs always try to influence the outcomes of the games...

We are going out of our way here not to attack the zebra's, I mean referees this year, (see it's hard) and we haven't really went after them very much for the last couple of seasons either. We'll have no league without them and here in the Kootenay's we have a  shortage of referees, actually a serious shortage. So we can just hope they do their best and pickup the majors. Although it sometimes seems to the fans like were in the NHL, we're a junior "B" league... I can assure you that both coaches have questions after every game.

The larger ice in Kimberley seems to suit the Rider skaters, I watched the game on the internet and both teams seemed to have time in each other's end and neither goalie, Jeff Orser or Nitro Tyson Brouwer  was picked as a game star... and the shots ended up virtually even at 34-31 for the Riders. The Riders went 1-4 on the PP, Kimberley 0-1 and both teams had several players out with injuries. Kimberley has gained 3 of a possible 4 points vs Fernie's 2.

With all the injuries, especially to the D, the Ghost needed someone to fill some holes up back there and Dustin Watt (95) is the guy. He is maybe unspectacular, but he is rock solid and now is coming to the attention of Coach Mohr who says Watt "is playing as good as I've seen him play".   And after two years Mohr  has seen him play lots...  Ditto for Dan Burgess and the three 17 year olds Trevor Broad, Kevin Pierce and Kyle Haugo, yeah Haugo who is in his second year is only 17, it just seems like he's been around longer, and starting to play that way too.

Travis Thomsen had missed a few games then played in the Kimberley game but left in the second period and did not play in the Sicamous game. Big time problems on the blueline with Thomsen, Keagan Kingwell and Ryan Teslak out with possible longterm injuries.

The Ghostriders have scored 88 goals and 29 have been on the power play and Zach Befus has 9 , Alex Cheveldave is next with 5, oddly enough, top scorer Cole Keebler (95) only has one so 20 of his goals have come at even strength... can you hear that you Colleges.

The best player without a point for the Riders in the Sicamous game, Nolan Lagace, he can make something out of nothing and is almost as slippery as Keebler. Coach Mohr agrees with that and is trying to figure out the pieces of this puzzle as we speak.

It wasn't pretty but a 4-2 win vs Sicamous was a good win. They had only won 5 games, but the Eagles, as expressed by a couple of GM's in the league, are a better team than their record shows. Those thoughts were also the talk of the 400 coaches at the rink Saturday as well. Brandon Butler had to be very sharp at times in the Eagle game and made a couple of outstanding saves in the second. After the Fernie game the Eagles went to Kimberley and lost 3-2 in Overtime so got 1 point.

Broadcast team photo Dan, Ted, Scottie, Lola and Steve

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