Monday, 14 December 2015

Riders Have Two Home Games Thursday and Saturday

Last Saturday night the Riders piled on the Golden Rockets for eight goals in an 8-2 romp over the visiting Rockets. Tayler Sincennes scored 2 goals and had an assist, Coleton Dawson had 2 goals and Travis Thomsen, Ty Carron and Alex Chevledave each had singles. Jeff Orser was in net for the win. The shots in that game were 68-20 for the Riders and Golden will not make the playoffs, actually with 11 points and 20 games left they can't catch Kimberley with 53 meaning the Dynamiters have clinched a playoff spot.

So here's the deal, the Riders also won Friday night as seen in the post above and have a 7-2-0-1-0 record in their last 10 games... but still find themselves in 3rd place... Why, cause Creston went 6-2-0-2-0 in their last 10 and Kimberley is 8-1-0-1-0 in their last 10 and on a 7 game win streak. No one is catching them with 53 points. But Creston and Fernie are tied with 39 points however Creston has played 1 less game so are in second. Thursday's game will determine second place... for a few days anyway.

The Rockies with 34 points and a 5-5 record in their last 10 are 5 points behind the Riders but a mile ahead of Golden with 11. The Rockies will be wanting to get out of 4th so they don't face Kimberley in the first round. They are still a threat to catch the Ghost with another 19 games to go, but they've played 3 more games than the Riders and still have 3 more games here in Fernie.

Players of the Game
Nice to see Tayler Sincennes get the Player of the Game Saturday, he had a pair of goals,  his second one was  shorthanded . He does lots of the little things that make a team win. 

On Friday Coleton Dawson was the POG, it was his first game as a Rider, honourable mention to Mack Differenz who scored two goals, then got in a fight in the Golden game.

 GM Craig Mohr used one of his remaining three cards to bring in the 6”2” 200 pound Dawson who was in Beaver Valley before the deadline but was released.  That means the Riders are at 23 players and two cards so can still bring in two more guys, but, on January 10th, they will have to finalize their roster at 23 players.  

So far Dawson hasn't disappointed, he scored 2 goals and also had 2 assists against Spokane and Golden, those were a big couple of games for the 6' 2" 200 pound forward, but the competition will get a lot more talented than Spokane and Golden in the next couple of months.

Tough Games Ahead
Ty Carron scored against Spokane and had a shorthanded goal against Golden, that was after going over a month without a point, the Riders will need guys like Ty to help out on the offence as they move down the final stretch of the schedule that features several always hard to win divisional games. Their next 6 games are against Creston, Kimberley and one first place Beaver Valley team thrown in for the amusement of the hockey gods. 

Zach Befus had 2 goals last week, his 18th and 19th goal and 39th point so far and Alex Cheveldave who is now a defensemen, is no slouch either, both 19 year olds have made a big difference this season on a team with several 17 and 18 year olds in their first years of junior.

17 Year old D Kevin Pierce had 2 assists last week and  has had a point in 5 of his last 7 games finding himself  just 1 point behind fleet footed Keagan Kingwell who had 3 assists last weekend.

Creston is here on Thursday
The Riders play Creston Thursday night, this is the fourth time these two teams have played. So far each team has won one game each in regulation and Creston also won one game in overtime.

Creston played two games last week against Kimberley, they lost 5-4 at home then lost 2-1 in overtime in Kimberley. Alec Wilkinson is their top scorer with 44 points andBrock Lefebvre is their #1 goalie with a 15- 8-1 record . Their Head Coach and General Manager is Jeff Dubois who is now in his second season with the Cats.

Saturday Night's Game
The Ghostriders play the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday for the first time this season. The Ghostriders will play in Beaver Valley on February 19th.
The Nitehawks played two games last weekend winning 7-2 in Castlegar and winning 6-2 against Spokane at home. After last weekend the Hawks had scored the most goals in the league at 134 and at +52 they have to be a fun team to watch. BV jumped ahead of Castlegar and are now in first place with a 5 game win streak going. 
BV's top scorer is Jace Weegar with 37 points and their Head Coach and GM is Terry Jones.

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