Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Ghostrider Notebook

Friday’s Game

The Ghostriders play the Golden Rockets right here in Fernie this Friday, this is the second time these two teams have played each other. The Riders Brandon Butler shut the Rockets out 2-0 in Golden  September 30th. 

The Rockets have Sikked out a few teams.
Golden has been one of the better defensive teams and have    allowed just 29 goals... but they have had problems scoring and have  only scored 19. Credit Rockets goalie Owen Sikkes for a lot of that...he always gives them a chance to win. For the record The Ghostriders have scored 31 goals but have allowed 37. The biggest difference, Golden has played 7 home games... the Riders 2.

The Rockets lost 4-3 to the Rockies last Friday then 2-1 against the first place Thunder Cats in Creston despite the fact they were outshot 41-21. When the Riders won in Golden they also outshot the Rockets 37-14 but could only score two goals as well. 

The Ghostriders played two games last weekend they lost 5-4 in Spokane then won 4-3 in double OT vs Grand Forks. The Riders gave up three third period goals in the loss. If there was a bright spot it was that the Riders outshot Spokane 53-30. Brandon Youngson was in net in Spokane.

In Grand Forks Aidan Wilson scored the OT game winner after the Bruins tied the game with less than a second on the clock. Brandon Butler stoped 41for the big win giving the Riders a 3-4-0-1 road record.

On Saturday the Riders play in Columbia Valley for the second time this year. Fernie lost 3-1 in Invermere Sept 10th.
The Rockies stunned Kimberley last weekend beating them 3-2 despite being outshot 50-20 thanks to game star Connor McKay in net.

Ghostrider Notebook
Ryan Kennedy  had 5 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games including 2 shorthanded goals in Spokane and is now closing in on top scorer  Mitch Titus with11 points in 10 games and a 7 game point streak going on.

Evan Traverse scored his first goal in Grand Forks.

Justin Garcia (2000) has decided to play midget this year and has left the team.

Coach Mohr says Trevor Broad had a good weekend and has been playing well lately.

Coach Mohr also says his special teams guys are starting to get it together and had a good run in the Forks stopping the top scoring team 10 of 12 times on the penalty kill while going 2-8 on the PP themselves.

D Tristan Downe was injured in the pre-season but is recovering right on schedule and is a possibility this weekend but more likely for next weekend. 

Some real good news now... Former D-man Jake MacLachlan collapsed while running in a race in the summer but is back on his feet again and is helping out as an assistant coach for the rest of the season.

Some other teams were hootin and hollerin on Twitter about the annoying 1 minute time outs every period instituted by the KIJHL... not just me here  in my distasteful chimp joke post from last week. But those who have been  reading these rantings for any length of time weren't at all surprised by the sarcasm...the other writers hope to get somewhere so they use the so called kid gloves when talking about the league. But unfortunately, I'm already exactly where I want to be... and hope for no advancement.

The Riders play Spokane here in Fernie next Friday then play Grand Forks in Elkford next Saturday. See you at the zoo I mean rink.

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