Friday in Sicamous Brandon Butler was in net for the 3-0 shutout and Evan Reid with the first goal got the game winner. Tayler Sincennes and Zach Befus scored the other goals.The Eagles don't have a very good record but anytime you can shutout a team on the road it's a good time. That was Brandon's first KIJHL shutout... nice job Brandon. Coach Mohr says "both goalies are on top of their games right now".
The Fernie Ghostriders and Boston Pizza Player of the Month is Rider "C" Cole Keebler.
Coach Craig Mohr " Cole could be the most dynamic player in the KIJHL, along with his speed and skill his work ethic is off the charts".
For the record Keebler had 7 goals and 8 assists in 8 games in the month of November... and his play is eye candy for the Rider fans.
The Tim Horton's Player of the Week was defensemen Kyle Haugo.
Craig Mohr " Kyle had one of those weekends where you may not see him on the score sheet, but his play behind his own blue line was outstanding".
The McDonald's Practice Player of the Week was forward Nolan Lagacy
Coach Mohr "Nolan has a lot of new systems to learn when you arrive on a new team, but his attention to details on and off the ice are exceptional".
After the Revelstoke game I saw this on my text messages.
Got the beer !!! ...
And I also had this, but it was from Coach Mohr "A character win tonight, the lads played their buts off ! "
The Grizz are a 500 team and at the time had a 5-2 home record, so the win in Revy was big for the Ghost. And scary for a Grizz coach who in a fit of anger knocked a water bottle off their bench soaking the Rider trainer Heather Lewis, but lucky...he was just out of reach of her threatening blue gloves...
Sometimes, late at night, I completely understand Pascal... then I wake up.
@RiderNewsKIJHL It was an amazing week end. Boys plays with great awareness of details. A great wisdom of life. Presence/ Now/ awareness
The Ghostriders, who had scored 29 power play goals and were one of the top teams at doing that, never got even one PPG last weekend... but had eight even strength goals... and still won.
Justin Peers had 3 assists in Revelstoke for a total of 23 and has had 9 points in his last 4 games.
Aidan Wilson who hadn't played since September 26 got back in the lineup last weekend. The league got a little tougher since then, but he has the speed and skill set on his side.
Injured D Keagan Kingwell is still leading the defence in points with 12 but Kevin Pierce is creeping up on him and now has 11, plus in a season of multiple injuries, he has played in 22 games and would have played even more but went to Pentiction for a weekend. Dustin Watt has played all 26 games as has forward Mitch Titus, they are the only guys to do that, honourable mention to Ty Carron 25 and Keebler, Befus and Burgess with 24.
Next up... Doan Smith and the Rockies this Friday in Invermere. Smith played for the Riders at the end of last season after the Rockies traded him here when they knew they were doomed to miss the playoffs. Part of that deal was he could play where he wanted this season. Smith was in Nynäshamns IF J20-- what ever or where ever that is to start the season but returned home last month.
The Ghostriders play the Castlegar Rebels here in Fernie on Saturday night, they are currently fighting it out with Beaver Valley for first place in the Neil Murdoch Division. The Rebels have one of the best goals against in the league and were a plus 34 after last weekend. This is the second time these teams have played this year, the Riders opened the season in Castlegar and lost 3-2. Both teams have changed dramatically since then.
Round' the League
The Kamloops Storm acquire Zachari Andrusiak from the North Okanagan Knights for defencemen Patrick Nicholson, Andre Piquette and forward Ryland Chernomaz.
December 1st is upon us, all teams have to be down to a total of 25 players and cards. Most teams go to 22-23 players so they can bring in a couple of guys before the January 10th deadline where you have get down to 23 players.
Creston had the dubois' honour of losing to the last place Rockets two weeks ago. In a newspaper article their coach Jeff Dubois said Five players were missing in Sunday’s game — a combination of illness and violations of team rules.
Whatever happened has been corrected... Creston has righted the ship with a 10-2 home ice win against the first place BV Hawks. The Cats also traded for Brett Witala who has had 3 goals and 3 assists in his first 3 games. AND, like Kamloops, they posted their trade on the KIJHL web site. Thanks Jeff !
The Creston Valley Thunder Cats acquire the playing rights of 1997-born forward Brett Witala and future considerations from the Campbell River Storm of the VIJHL in return for 1996-born defenceman Austin Steger. (Cats lost a pretty good D to get an F)
Rider fans can scream at Witala Thursday December 17th right here in Fernie.
Not all teams post their trades, so we have to thank those that do, it would be better if they were just fined, if I were king...
We hear the KIJHL will have something interesting for their fans this week on the KIJHL site. Stay tuned.
Kimberley Blogger Josh Lockhart had this on one of his posts before last weekend's games. Cause I'm not smart enough to explain it... I just copied and pasted it. The full article and how he came to his conclusions can be seen here
J Lockhart, The goal, I believe for any team, would be to have fewer infractions, few PK's and less lengthy penalties.
This took the value of the rank in each of the previous categories, and ordered them by the least points.
|1||Beaver Valley Nitehawks||3.44||11||4.21||1||14.46||2||14|
|10||North Okanagan Knights||2.90||3||5.88||15||17.08||10||28|
|13||Creston Valley Thunder Cats||4.10||18||4.42||4||18.13||13||35|
|14||100 Mile House Wranglers||3.06||6||6.12||17||18.73||14||37|
|18||Columbia Valley Rockies||3.38||9||6.56||20||22.15||18||47|
|20||Grand Forks Border Bruins||3.69||14||6.26||19||23.07||20||53|
Kamloops Storm and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, the numbers suggest are the most disciplined teams in the league.