Monday, 21 November 2016

Ghostrider Notebook... and a few other things

The Ghostriders won both of their games last week, 9-1 on the road in Invermere and 9-2 vs the last place Golden Rockets here in Fernie last Saturday and have now won 6 in a row. 

But life will get decidedly harder in the next couple of days, the boys play the first place  Thunder Cats in Creston Friday then they get the second place Dynamiters right here in Fernie Saturday at 7:30. 

Ghostrider Notebook

Justin Peers scored 3 Friday 1 Saturday and has had nine goals and 2 assists in his last four games. He is also averaging 1.3 points a game, exactly the same as last season, but he's scoring more goals.

Mitch Titus continues to lead the Riders in scoring with 30 points... and with 11 goals, he has now matched the 11 he scored last season, in 30 less games.

In the 9-2 win vs Golden 15 players had at least a point and 9 different guys scored. A team effort !

Mike Dyck has been moved to the Columbia Valley Rockies. Dyck may turn out to be a great deal for the goal challenged Rockies. He has shown flashes here in Fernie and could develop. A couple of reasons for that move.

#1/ all teams have to get down to a total of 25 players and  cards December 1st. The Riders are at 23 now, meaning they can bring in two more players. But January 1st they will have to get back down to 23. 

So keep an eye on the KI transactions, at least if the GM's decide to post their moves.Several teams have too many guys and at the same time have high hopes they'll get one of the many Jr A cuts. Buy a rabbit's foot or something.

#2/ Last season Rider GM Craig Mohr brought in Coleton Dawson from Beaver Valley and the 20 year old had 14 points and 59 PIM in 18 games. This year Mohr is bringing in Devin Nemes from BV, he is 20 and has the potential to be a point a game guy after picking up 38 points in 49 games last season.  Coach Mohr "He's a big strong power forward and a player I know well from his Midget days, and he  knows a few of our guys as well so should fit in".

After missing a few games with an injury Tayler Sincennes was back in the lineup last week, the 20 year old had a goal and an assist in the two games.

Riley Siebel had his first junior hat-trick last Friday and was named as the Tim Hortons Player of the Week.

Matt Rogers scored his first junior goal last Friday and had an assist Saturday, he is the McDonald's Practice Player of the Week.

Nolan Lagace is still day to day with an injury but Kyle Haugo is a hugo this weekend. 

The Riders are # 4 in power play goals scored with 28, Osoyoos is first with 34.

I found this in the Fernie Free Press last week...I'm gonna nominate him for the George Majic "Spiritus Award" 

Round the League

The Princeton Posse have relieved Head Coach Geoff Goodman and AC Lance Vaillancourt of their duties and now Mark McNaughton who was the Director of Hockey Operations is the "guy" in Princeton. That is the second HC to get the axe, earlier in the year Sicamous relieved Ty Davidson who was with Golden for several years but left because he wanted to be closer to home ... You just never know.

I asked a few coaches to comment on this but they declined. A College in Nanimo says they want to put  BCIHL team  in Namimo next season. Press Release can be seen here 

The BCIHL is a College league that uses among others several graduated KIJHL  players. It gives our guys a place to go to school and still play hockey after Jr. 

The only reason I bring this up is because of the Fernie connection. Former Rider and NHL goalie David LeNeveu is one of the owners of the Nanimo Jr A Clippers. The Jr B Rebels attendance took a beating when the BCIHL's Selkirk Saints moved into Castlegar... So I can't imagine the Clippers, who have outrageous operating expenses compared to Jr B are very happy right now...but Im sure their public response will be everything is roses.  I don't believe it for a second... there is only so much money for entertainment.  But if I lived in Nanimo, I, without a doubt, would keep on attending the Clipper games.

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