Monday, 28 November 2016

Ghostrider Notebook, and a few other things

Friday's Game

The Ghostriders play the Kimberley Dynamiters this Friday in game four of their eight game regular season series. After a 6-4 win last Saturday the Riders have a 2-1 record against the Nitro’s. 

There were several really great quality goals by both teams last week and it was a great show, I expect the same again this week. Kimberley was rattled by the middle of the third but I bet they will be coached on how to handle the hysterics  this week.

Kimberley's top scorer from Cranbrook just turned 17,  Korbyn Chabot, (scored 1 last Saturday)  has18 goals and was leading the KIJHL in goals scored after last weekend. Their Head Coach is Derek Stuart, he played with the Nitro’s back in the 1990’s and has seen the hysterics and more from the old RMJHL days when every team had a line of thugs.... it just seems a few years ago I was watching most of their coaching staff on the ice as players. 

hockey minded parent (Darwin Sincennes) brought this up to me last week...and I added my 2cents as well.... After a 6 game win streak where the win was certain and the pressure was off by the third and sometimes even after the first period, the boys played pretty well getting back up to full speed and going 1-1 against the Division's top two teams.

Ghostrider Notebook

Trevor Broad scored what turned out to be the game winning goal last Saturday, it was his first of the year and he was named as the Tim Horton’s Player of the Week for his efforts.

Aidan Wilson had a slow start and has been under the radar a bit this season but he scored in both games last weekend (the two tough games) and has 5 goals in his last 6 games.

Tayler Sincennes'  shorthanded goal last Saturday tied the game at 2-2 and tied him with Ryan Kennedy (at 2 ) in shorthanded goals.

Brandon Butler played both games in the Rider net last week losing 5-2 (1 empty net goal) in Creston but bouncing back and winning 6-4 vs Kimberley.

Devin Nemes scored his first goal last Saturday, for those who don't remember last weekend...after the Grey Cup...he was in Beaver Valley earlier this year.

With 9 goals and 3 assists sharpshooter Justin Peers was named as the Boston Pizza Player of the Month for November.

Round the League

The Kelowna Chiefs Twitter was chirping about how they have the most Penalty Minutes in the KIJHL and are proud of it...a quick look at their roster also shows their Top Scorer Brett Witala has 17 goals and 39 points in 23 games... and he  leads his team in PIM with 132. Well you just gotta like that a lot, like a lot ... Old time hockey !

There are a lot of different things that go into building a winning team and with 40 points and a first overall ranking Creston has done a pretty good job of it. For various reasons Cat Coach and Cyclone Tayler host team GM Jeff Dubois did some of what turned out to be major juggling this summer bringing in a few guys and moving a few out... not the least of which was the aforementioned Witala to Kelowna and Logan Styler to Castlegar. Both players are in the top three in KIJHL scoring as we speak, and Creston is still in first place. If you can shed top guns and still be a first place team... you probably know what you're doin.

Infamous stat of the night: The Chiefs have hit the 1000 PIMs mark 1st in the . By alot. Like ALOT!

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