Monday, 7 December 2015

The Roundup, weekend, dec 1st, the KI schedule and more NCAA fun

Last Weekend
The Ghostriders played two games last week, they had a 1-0 shutout in Invermere last Friday then at home they had their 5 game win streak snapped when they lost 4-3 in OT to the visiting Castlegar Rebels. So the Riders went 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games and are still in third. The Eddie Mountain has gotten a lot better in the last couple of years .

Sick Bay
Injuries continue to plague the Ghost, they just got D men Keagan Kingwell, Travis Thomsen and forwards Mack Differenz and Aidan Wilson back in the lineup only to lose Wilson again along with top scorer Cole Keebler and D/F Alex Cheveldave. D-man Ryan Teslak remains out with an uncertain return date as well. Keebler and Cheveldave say they will be ready for the two games here in Fernie this weekend.

So despite some scoring out of the lineup the coaches and players earned 3 of a possible 4 points last weekend and they now have at least a point in their last 6 games.
Or you could just say ...

Once again, the more we apply character... the more we know it is part of what we are about and gain the confidence.
Pretty good game for the 422 fans Saturday against Castlegar, the Rebels had a 3-1 lead in the third but the Riders never quit and tied it up with two third period goals insuring the fans got some big time excitement and the Riders got at least a point. Justin Peers scored the first and third goals on the power play and Evan Reid had the second goal. Brandon Butler was in net . For the record, it looked like the Riders had enough chances to win the Castlegar game and they matched up fairly well against the Rebels who have 41 points and are currently in first place in their division.
The 1-0 win in Invermere was the Riders first win against the Rockies this year. They are 1-4 now with 3 games left in the regular season eight game series, and all the games are here in Fernie. The Riders get their chance to tie the series starting January 8th .
It's sure good to see Keagan Kingwell back on the line again. He is IMO the best all around defensemen the Riders have and he hits deceptively hard. Kingwell has been out for almost a month.
The Rider power play had been silent lately but scored a pair of goals Saturday, Justin Peers scored his third and fourth PP goals of the season, both were game tying goals. Peers had 18 goals and 22 assists in 44 games last year, so far in 21 games this year he has 11 goals and and 23 assists in 21 games. 1.6 PPG so far vs .9 last year.
The Riders with 31 PPG were tied with Beaver Valley for the most PP goals after Saturday's games. Rider fans get their one and only regular season look at the Nite Hawks on Saturday December 19th, the last home game before the much needed Christmas break.
December 1st
All teams had to get down to a total of 25 players and cards on Dec 1st. GM Craig Mohr went down to 22 players and has 3 cards left. Meaning he can sign 3 players... but if he does, and I'm sure he will, on January 10th he will have to cut down to 23 for his final roster.
The Releases
GM Mohr released three players, Lane Sim, Brandon Breithaupt, and Spencer Bender . All players are free to sign with another team or another league.
Bender was a particularly hard release for the GM, he has junior A skills but had injury problems. So with all the other injuries Mohr needed to bring in a healthy player and had to release Bender who was in his third and final season with the Riders. Bender has since signed with the Jr B Okotoks Bisons where he has played 2 games but has no points. Other Bisons you may recognize are Aiden Geiger, and Matt Pronchuk both played here last season, Geiger was traded and Pronchuk decided to play closer to home.
I checked the KIJHL schedule for November and there were no forfeits and no teams lost any points for using ineligible players. If you listen real carefully you can almost hear the KI Governors cringe when I write that... kinda like when you put a sea shell to your ear and can hear the ocean. Or...
I can hear the brewery
The KIJHL started up their Player of the Month again last week and Ghostrider forward Zach Befus was named as the Kootenay Conference's Player of the Month. Below is the Press Release. They made it sound like the winners were based on just points scored, but they weren't and below the announcement you can see the formula Kimberley Stats Guy Josh Lockhart used. Glad it wasn't me who had to go through all the game sheets etc to figure it out.

The KIJHL is pleased to announce the November Players of the Month:

Kootenay Conference POM: Zach Befus (Fernie Ghostriders)
  Zach tallied 19 points in 10 games (8G, 11A)
 Honorable Mentions: James Severs (Creston Valley Thunder Cats); Jared Marchi (Kimberley Dynamiters); Jace Weegar (Beaver Valley Nitehawks)
Okanagan Conference POM: Jack Mills (Summerland Steam)
         Jack tallied 14 points in 9 games (10G, 4A)
Honorable Mentions: Josh Baird (Kelowna Chiefs); Kolten Moore (Chase Heat); Jacob Mullen (Summerland Steam)
How does this work?
It is a formula looking at goals scored, and assisted on at key times. Please note that this stats analysis is only as good as the original stats are. So if PP, SH and GW goals are not being tracked accordingly....

  • PPG - 2 points for every one goal scored
  • PPA - 1 pt for every one assist
  • SHG - 2 pts for every one goal
  • SHA - 1 pt for every one assist
  • GWG - 2 pts for every one goal
The NCAA now has a "Class Action Lawsuit" on their hands,  accusing them of limiting the scholarship money they dole out. Looks like they will end up paying players... just like the WHL ? 

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