Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Like it or not...Coming to a rink near you- Cages are for animalz

Well a month or so ago the OHA in Ontario (112 teams) decided they were going full face shields next season. Read that story here 

Then on August 14th BC's Peninsula Panthers of the Jr B VIJHL declared that they were going to make all their players wear full cages this season as well. Read all about that and their arguments for it here

 Read into this anyway you want, but me being a conspiracy theorist I see a big red flag when I see  the Panthers brought in BC Hockey CEO Barry Petrachenko to help grandstand their big we're the first Western Canadian team with full cages announcement. 

This in my opinion is a harbinger of things to come... the freight train has no brakes Casey Jones.

So lets clear up a few things, first of all at my age (months from retirement) I don't care, they can do what ever the hell they want, and I get the arguments from both sides... and I'll still attend the games.

However, all the younger players and coaches I know are foaming at the mouth about this. We hear... Cages are for animalz in the zoo, if I was a player I would demand a trade right away, they won't get any good players, I wouldn't want my players playing them and their high sticks that we see enough of when we go to the US, way more stick work elbows etc.

So as we said in a previous post, this will be like a science experiment, will the good players leave, will the good recruits go somewhere else, will it be a recruiting advantage and the good recruits flock to Peninsula, insurance is probably cheaper there, and the parents will mostly like it.

Frank Zappa was wrong it can happen here, Frank who??

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

July Ghostrider Update, and a few other things

Here is your July 2017 Fernie Ghostrider update.

Hey I went to Prep 9 too

Head Coach Craig Mohr just finished running what he called  a Prep Camp in Calgary that saw two teams scrimmage for three days. But not everyone is happy.

We're Mad as Hell and were not gonna take it anymore!

Hockey Alberta and for whatever reason BC Hockey???  are pissed with the number of BC Jr B teams hosting camps in Alberta and they want it to stop immediately. ( I can actually hear them stomping their feet right now)  Well they get to be the bosses so the camp was not an actual Ghostrider camp. It was just a summer skate for whoever showed up.

Some history, or my view of it

A few years ago Hockey Canada decreed that Canadians are Canadians so a player from Alberta was not considered an import here in BC. Before that you could only have 8 imports or something but now it’s open and only non Canadians are considered imports. 

That was a good rule change for southern BC teams who don’t have big minor hockey systems to feed off of  like they once did in the 80’s and 90’s.


BC and Alberta Hockey  Boy Scouts don't like camping any more

With the new hockey camps rule it looks like BC Hockey has decided to suck-hole to Hockey Alberta and help them try and hobble the recruiting process, even though Hockey Canada, the ultimate boss, kinda likes giving players a place to play and proved it by eliminating the provincial border with the import rule… they give with one hand and BC Hockey takes away with the other. 

Have faith ye

The day of no provincial borders is coming, but it’s a gradual evolution and it started with the import rule.

AnywayCoach Mohr says it was a good skate with several players who have a legitimate chance of making the team in September. As per usual many of the guys will be trying their luck at various Junior “A” Camps first… but if things don’t work out they have a spot here in Fernie.  

Coach Mohr also tells me that 1/  Mitch Titus, who was the team’s top scorer last season and rarely misses a game is coming back for his final year of junior hockey. The fans coaches and writers have to be happy with that development.

2/ Keagan Kingwell is taking an electrical apprenticeship so won't be back.

3/ Riley Siebel, Ryan Kennedy and Evan Traverse are all going to UBC this year.

4/ Alex Cheveldave is going to Marian University in Wisconsin where he will play hockey.

We wish nothing but the best for all of these players.

It’s looking like the Riders will have a couple of 16 year old’s in the lineup this year and we’ll have more on that in August as training camp approaches. 

And finally, and not a moment to soon

We stir up a lot of sh#@ here at the blog and some teams and coaches including the KIJHL President  are not fans... but former Creston HC and GM Jeff Dubois, was, and he understood when and when not to take things serious... so we will miss having him in the league. 

Dubios, for the record,is going to Alberni Valley as an assistant Coach and GM where he will team up with Matt Hughes, a former Columbia Valley Rockies HC and GM. Good luck in the BCHL Jeff!... and for that matter Matt.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

A not so friendly Hockey Canada reminder

This comes out every year at this time and should be nothing new. Last season it caught a KIJHL  player , don't let it happen to you.

Hockey Canada, its member Branches, Major Junior and registered Junior Hockey Leagues in Canada are concerned with the proliferation of leagues that operate outside the auspices of Hockey Canada.
Hockey Canada offers the best development programs worldwide. It has invested significant resources in the development of officials, coaches, administrators and players countrywide. We have a committed strategy toward a cohesive long term athlete development model.
These non-member organizations do not support the development of these programs. Further, they operate in a vacuum, with no consideration to the impact of their programs on minor, junior, senior, adult recreational hockey, female hockey, officiating development, coaching development or administrator development in Canada. These non-member leagues instead choose to utilize the resources already developed by Hockey Canada and its member Branches. The teams who make up these "leagues" operate in this fashion because they do not agree with the existing overall vision of Hockey Canada. They profess to have a better program yet often operate without a constitution, by- laws, create their own rule book and may not provide adequate insurance for their participants. Further, they offer the lure of "Rep" or "Junior" level competition when this is clearly not the case.
Hockey Canada, its member Branches, Major Junior Leagues as well as registered Junior Hockey Leagues wish to be exceedingly clear with our response to these programs.
Hockey Canada and its member Branches view all leagues that operate outside the auspices/sanctioning of Hockey Canada programs to be classified as non-member leagues. This currently does not include summer hockey leagues/teams, adult recreational hockey leagues/teams, high school hockey, and/or hockey schools.
  1. 1)  Any individual who participates (knowingly or otherwise) in non-member programs after September 30 of the season in question ("the Cut-Off Date") will lose all membership privileges with Hockey Canada for the remainder of that season, and may only reapply for membership with Hockey Canada after the end of that season. "Participation" in an non-member program will be considered to have occurred if the individual takes part in one game (including an exhibition, tournament, league or playoff game) after the Cut-Off Date.
    If a participant makes the choice to participate in these non-member programs, they must understand the ramifications of that choice and that the sanctions described in this paragraph will remain in effect even if the league or team folds, or the individual is released, suspended or fired.
  2. 2)  Hockey Canada and its member Branches across the country will make every effort to ensure that local minor hockey and female hockey associations in areas where non-member leagues exist are not supporting these leagues in any manner whatsoever. For greater certainty, "supporting" includes, but is not limited to, assisting an non-member league directly or indirectly through
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advertisement, promotion, ticket sales, volunteer activities, assigning Officials, sharing resources or enabling such a league to participate in Hockey Canada sanctioned activities. We will withhold tournament sanctions and will preclude such associations from benefitting from any Hockey Canada/Branch/CHL sanctioned event by whatever means necessary, including the withdrawal of any such event from any community within the geographic boundaries of that association if need be to stress this point.
This policy is aimed at those leagues that choose to operate outside the hockey structure established by Hockey Canada, its member Branches and the Canadian Hockey League.
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The KIJHL AGM Hi Lites

Fifth year Fernie Ghostrider President Barb Anderson and Head Coach and GM Craig Mohr went to Kamloops June 9-10-11 for the KIJHL AGM. Here are a few of the hi lights of that meeting that fans should be interested in.

First of all we will have a 47 game schedule and there will be no crossovers again this year, meaning that we will not see any teams from the  Okanagan. This will be the second season of a cost saving experiment that worked for most teams but not for all. 

I hate not seeing teams like Osoyoos and Summerland but I like the 47 vs 52 game schedule. I believe the volunteers get  burned out by game 40 or so… but get rejuvenated when the playoffs start. I'm bettin on 52 games in 2018-19 though.

The KIJHL and the other two junior B leagues in BC have opted out of the Keystone Cup for various reasons but travel costs are number 1. Personally after the Cyclone Taylor Cup I could care less about the Keystone and their two games a day tournament. Anyway if you want to know more Read Beaver Valley’s $50,000 something account of their trip to the  Keystone by clicking here... it's not pretty 

The KIJHL’s Bill Ohlhausen is back for his 16th year as President… a sometimes thankless job that occasionally sees him take a beating from some of the GM’s and Governors whenever team discipline is handed out. They actually should thank him...

The KIJHL will also go back to a 7 game vs 5 game semi and final series’. Seems more traditional to me but the 5 games was not the end of the world IMO.

The league will shutdown in mid January for the Prospects Game. Last year was a trial for the PG so the schedulers fit it in but several teams had to play games with out their top prospects creating howls of protest in the background. But it all worked out for the better and it’s a go for this season. 

Going full face protection was talked about but rejected. See the previous post...someday it will get mandated. 

There is still interest from Quesnell and Williams Lake to join the KIJHL. It will happen sooner than later if you ask me and two powerful franchises will be created. Too bad with no crossovers we will never see them. I only hope teams move there vs expansion.

And finally, some Governors have been saying that it's looking like all the teams in the league are starting to get on the same page... this can only mean good things  for the fans.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Full Face Shields

According to this story 112 junior teams in Ontario will be wearing full cages this year.

The subject was been brought up here in the KIJHL before but the teams were not interested in going full face protection. Most of the hockey guys I know agree that with full cages the elbows, sticks, and hands go up and maybe player respect takes a hit as well.

There is evidence out there showing that  face injuries and dental claims go way down with full face masks. Also,  player insurance costs also go down as well, and as one coach told me, way down.

So far the junior leagues out west have not had to wear full cages, and if you polled the different league's governors and coaches they would vote no by a large margin ... but I'm betting that in the next couple of years there will be no voting, it will be mandated by either BC Hockey or Hockey Canada who, if you didn't know, provide the insurance for all carded players . So bank on it, cause for insurance reasons HC & BCAHA's gonna be banking on it as well and like it or not, no fighting and full cages is the way it's headed .

And finally, if a team wanted to they could tell their players, if you want to play here, you have to wear a full face shield.  And that would be interesting, like a science experiment. 

Some coaches think they would have a  hard time getting players, and that's likely... but maybe not, the team may actually get a recruiting advantage. Some (lots of ?) parents might want to send little Johnny to cageville, after all, average Johnny ain't goin to the NHL anyway, so why get hurt. And some players may actually want to keep the cage on.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

To all first time KIJHL Players

Stuff first time players should know

To any new players coming up to the KIJHL. Hockey Canada has a big hole in their carding system now, and behind the scenes there is a motion in to fix it. But it may not be in time.

The problem is Hockey Canada  has an electronic carding system and that means a player can be carded without his actual signature. This is a major flaw in the system for first time players and until they make is so a player and parent has to physically sign... things could go sideways. And here's how...

Some teams have been asking first time players to sign some sort of a commitment letter. Be aware that this could make it so a GM thinks he has the right to  automatically sign you when he gets his cards June 1st.  You may be happy with that... but if your not.

All players should know that they are total FREE AGENTS until they are on a HC Player Card card. No matter what you sign before hand , you are free to go and get what is best for you. If you want out of any commitment letter it is your right and BC Hockey will back you. The water could get murky after June 1st...  All honest GM's will call you and tell you they're going to put you on a card and if you don't want to be on their card it is your right.

And why sign a commitment letter anyway... what are you thinking, the team is trying to keep you away from all the other teams,  it is your right to talk to anyone you want to until your on a proper card. If your good enough, they will call after June 1st and right up to September.

# Things you should know 
 Have a great summer.

Some Rider Player news

The Ghostriders moved F  Nolan Lagace's playing rights to 100 Mile for the rights to D man  Brent Headon    who was in Nelson last season but was moved to 100 as part of the Alex Meeker  trade made last year.

Anyway, Lagace who will play as a 20 may not end up in 100 and may end up in Alberta before next season, and if he does he can play as a 21 year old next year in that league. Yes they can have a couple of 21's.

 And Headon who will turn 19 shortly may or may not end up in Fernie because of work but Coach Craig Mohr is sure hoping he comes here as large D men are always a welcome sight here in Fernie.

The Riders have also acquired F  Jace Woodley  a 20 year old from Sicamous for a player development fee   

I'm told goalie Brandon Butler had successful knee surgery and is now planning to attend SAIT next season. It's hard to tell if he will try out for the Trojans right after surgery, but it's possible. SAIT coach Dan Olsen  who was a Pass Timberwolf HC and GM  a few years ago was an excellent judge of goalies when he was in the Pass bringing in a few guys who went on to play a much higher levels.

Evan Traverse and Ryan Kennedy are going to UBC Okanagan, but I think they are just going to school.

Alex Cheveldave may end up in New York at a Div 111 school, he will definitely be playing hockey there.

Ben Shushkovski is also going to school and that makes two large D men the Riders will be without next season.

Coach Mohr has been actively recruiting and has a few players who may come here if they don't make junior A. As we find out more we'll post the info.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Rider Award Winners

Thanks from the guys here at Rider News to all the Coaches, Trainers, Players, Board Members, President Barb Anderson (has the most time consuming job of all )  all other media including Howie Ashmore, Josh Hoffman and the FFP for helping me keep one of my hobbies (no team no blog) alive... oh and to the fans who pay the freight and make the Riders a viable entity... how about them volunteers as well, and the VOY's Budgie and Scottie in the booth helping out Dan McSkimming the on line voice of the FGR. And a special thanks to Coach Mohr for his honesty about the team throughout the year. 

Fernie Ghostrider Award Winners

Most Improved went to Fernie local Evan Traverse who was in his second year with the Riders and could play two more years if he wanted but plans on going to school next year. All the best Evan.

Honourable mention's to the smoothest skating D-man Tristan Downe who was out till November with a shoulder injury and was pretty raw at first but but improved a mile as the season wore on.
And Brandon Youngson who played very well when Brandon Butler went down for the count and even ended up as a starter in the post season  

Rookie of the Year  was Keelan Saworski, Keelan was not at the banquet because he was in Saskatchewan  practicing with the North Stars where they want him playing next season. Saworski was maybe  the best all around player as he was big, could play defence or forward, could skate and had a good shot as well.

Top Playoff Player and without a doubt the fan's favourite was Brendan Nemes. Brendan changed the face of the team when he arrived 21 games ago. His big hits and work effort every game were just what the Riders needed and had he been here all season along with ROY Saworski we may have had home ice.

MVP was Alex Cheveldave, was there any doubt... Team Captain Cheveldave is the first player I've seen who took a two game suspension just before the playoffs and his coaches were actually happy about it... probably thanked the ref... it was the only way they could make him rest, and the only games he missed all year despite the injuries that guys who play the way he does in the trenches always get. He was tough and had a grade A shot too.
Honorable mention to Mitch Titus who is a tough competitor and played all 47 games and all 52 last year.. but Mitch was not forgotten ... 

Best Defensemen Alex Cheveldave.. see what the guy above wrote about the MVP 

Most Inspirational was Ryan Kennedy a super fit relentless worker who finished with 35 points and a pair of shorthanded goals. Watching him made the other players try harder, another reason coaches like guys like him.
Honorable mention to Tayler Sincennes who had 34 PT and a pair of SH G and was part of the PK  as well.   

Most Exciting was Mitch Titus as said above, his toughness for a smaller player who was keyed in on all season was incredible and he was also the...

Top Scorer Mitch Titus the only other thing I can say is I hope he comes back for his last junior season and brings his brother Owen.

And finally all the best to our graduating twenty year old's, we were proud to have you.
Alex Cheveldave
Tayler Sincennes
Devin Nemes
Justin Peers and
Brandon Butler

Friday, 3 March 2017

Friday Night in the KIJHL

Kimberley 3 @ Fernie 2  OT
Tyler Van Steinburg scored the series winning goal in game 6 for the Dynamiters in the second OT and Cody Campbell had the win in net.  980 fans at the game.
Kimberley will now play Creston.

Castlegar 0 @ Nelson 1 
 Devin Allen had the shutout and Kyle Rosolowski from Dale Howell and Nicholas Wihak scored the only goal and the Leafs defeat the Rebels in game 6 and move on to play Beaver Valley.
1024 Leaf fans at the game.

Summerland 0 @ Kelowna 6
Brandon Gaucher had the shutout, Jason Village scored 2 goals and had 2 A and Josh Kobelka had 4 assists as Kelowna wins game 6 in front of 401 of their fans. Game 7 is in Pentiction because of ice problems in Summerland, the Steam have home ice though.

100 Mile 2 @ Kamloops 5
Evan Walls had 2 goals 2 assists Devin Leduc had the GW and Jason Sandhu stopped 24 of 26 as the Kamloops Storm defeat the Wranglers in game six. Kamloops will play Chase next.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Thursday Night in the KIJHL

Fernie 1 @ Kimberley 10
10 different Nitro's score and Cody Campbell had the win in net as Kimberley takes a 3-2 series lead over Fernie. 867 fans at the game and James Farmer with 3 points is now tied for first in KI scoring with 12 points. Next game in Fernie Friday night.

Nelson 3 @ Castlegar 2 OT
Logan Wullum scores in the first OT giving the Leafs a 3-2 series lead. Devin Allen had the win in net stopping 36 of 38 shots.
450 fans at the game and both Allen and Chandler Billinghurst were the POG. Next game in Nelson Friday

Revelstoke 1 @ Chase 4 
Travis Beaubien scored 2 and added an assist while Nic Bruyere stopped 22 of 23. 343 fans at the game and the Heat have won their series 4-1

Kelowna 2 @ Summerland 6
Wyatt Gale and Jarrett Malchow each score 2 and have 1 assist as the Steam take a 3-2 series lead. Matt Huber had the win in net stopping 18 of 20. Next game Friday in Kelowna.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Tuesday in the KIJHL

Kimberley 3 @ Fernie 2
Chase Miller's 2nd power play goal on the night was the game winner and Cody Campbell stopped 38 shots for the win. 
Brendan Nemes scored both Fernie goals. 720 at the game.
Kimberley has tied the series at 2-2 and play at  home Thursday.

Summerland 4 @ Kelowna 7
The Chiefs go 3-6 on the PP and  Brett Witala's PP  goal was the winner. Joel Scrimbit had 4 points as well giving Kelowna the win to even the series up a 2 each, next game is in Summerland.

Beaver Valley 7 @ Grand Forks 4
The Hawks score 3 power play goals, Tyler Hartman had 2G 1A and Tallon Kramer had the win in net and the Hawks win the series 4-0.

Castlegar 0 @ Nelson 1
Devin Allen stopped 15 for the shutout and Sawyer Hunt from Dale Howell scored the only goal in the second OT period giving the Leafs the win. Chandler Billinghurst stopped 39 of 40 in the Rebel net. The series is now tied at 2.

Osoyoos 3 @ North Oak 2 OT
Colin Bell (1G2A) scored the OT game winner and Adam Jones stopped 25 of 27 to give the Coyotes a 4-0 series win

Creston 5 @ Columbia Valley 3
Grant Illes (3G 1A) had the game winner mid third and Brock Lefebvre stopped 38 of 41 to give the T Cats a 4-0 series win.

100 Mile 2 @ Kamloops 5
Dallas Ottos' goal in the second period was the game winner. Mitch Friesen had 2G 1A and Jason Sandhu stopped 42 to give Kamloops a 3-1 series lead , next game in 100 Mile.

Chase 2 @ Revelstoke 1
Ryan Okino scored in the first and Kolten Moore  scored the game winner in the second period and the Heat take a 3-1 series lead. Nic Bruyere made 31 saves for the win and Giovanni Sambrielaz stopped 40 in a losing cause. 800 at the game.

Riders win 6-5 and a little Round' the League

The Ghostriders started out the game with two power plays but after that they took a series of penalties of their own and paid for it when...
Kimberley’s Nick Ketola, James Farmer (2) and Matt Davies each scored power play goals . 

But they kept battling and were rewarded with a goal with just :29 seconds left in the frame when Justin Peers fired one in and the first ended  4-1 Kimberley.

Just over a minute into the second Rider regular season top scorer  Mitch Titus (1G 1A) scored his first of the post season then barely a minute later Kevin Pierce scored a power play goal and it was a 4-3 game. Brendan Nemes completed the comeback and tied the game at 4 at the 16:05 mark and that's how the period ended tied 4- 4.

In the first minute of the third Ryan Kennedy scored to make it 5-4 then Justin Peers (2G 1A) scored the Riders 6th goal and 6th in a row  and it would turn out to be the game winner after Matt Davies scored his second on the night to make it 6-5.

Game Notes
Brendan Henderson started in the Rider net but was replaced by Brandon Youngson to start the second and courtesy of several big time saves got the win and was the Riders Player of the Game. 

Cody Campbell went the distance in the Dynamiter net. Derek Green left the game after a hit but should play tonight. Rider Keelan Saworski (arguably the Riders best all around player) was kicked out in the first for a CFB but will play tonight.

Derek Green,Tristan Downe, Devin Nemes, Nolan Lagace, Tayler Sincennes and Ben Sushkovsky (2) each had assists for the Riders. Justin Peers' has scored the game winner twice in a row now.

If you were a referee evaluator (not a fan in the stands evaluator) you would definitely term these games as difficult. Many of the hits are questionable and soon as you turn your head... For the record, Fernie went 1-9 and Kimberley was 4-10 on the PP.

George Bertola, Nolan Kurylo,Cooper Page,Chase Miller (2) Franco Colapaolo and Devin Langelaar had assists for the KD and D James Farmer's 3 point night gives him 7 in the series. Tyler Van Steinberg did not play, he must be injured, I don't think you sit that D.

Round’ the League
Creston leads the Rockies 3-0 after a 7-4 win in Invermere last night.

Beaver Valley leads Grand Forks 3-0 after Tallon Kramer got a 4-0 shutout in GF

Osoyoos leads North Oak 3-0

Castlegar leads Nelson 2-1 after a 5-4 win in Nelson when KIJHL top scorer Logan Styler scored on the PP in the 2nd OT last night

Summerland leads Kelowna 2-1 but lost Riley Pettitt after he was hit with a head shot that earned Brendan Mongey a 5 minute major. The game before featured Summerland's Calvin Hadley taking a 5 on Kelowna's goalie, he got 2 games. If you go on Justin McCartney's Twitter @KChiefsVoice you can see the video.

Chase leads Revelstoke 2-1

Kamloops leads 100 Mile 2-1

Monday, 27 February 2017

Monday night in the KIJHL

Kimberley 5 @ Fernie 6
Kimberley scored 4 PP goals in the first period for a 4-1 lead but the Riders battled back with 3 in the second and 2 in the third. Justin Peers (2G 1A) scored the game winner and Mitch Titus had 1G 1A. Both Brendan Henderson and Brandon Youngson were in the FGR net. Nitro's James Farmer and Matt Davies each scored two goals. Fernie takes a 2-1 series lead in front of 950 fans.

Beaver Valley 4 @ Grand Forks 0
Four different Hawks score (2 on the PP) and they outshot GFBB 44-28 as well to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. Goalie Tallon Kramer with the shutout was the Hawk POG
372 fans at the game.

Castlegar 5 @ Nelson 4
Nelson's Jakob Karran tied the game at 4 in the third but KIJHL scoring champ Logan Styler (1G 2A) scored the game winner in the second OT on the PP to give the Rebels a 2-1 series lead. John Moller scored 3 Rebel goals and Chandler Billinghurst stopped 31 for the win. 530 fans at the game. 

Chase 2 @ Revelstoke 1
Jake Delorme's PP goal in the first period turns out to be the game winner. The Heat out shot Revy 42-27 and Nic Bruyere had the win in net as the Heat take a 2-1 series lead in front of a fantastic crowd of 1038 Grizz fans.

Summerland 3 @ Kelowna 1
Morey Babakaiff scored the game winner in the second period after Wyatt Gale scored the first goal on the PP in the first. Matt Huber had the win in net stopping 23 of 24. 
330 fans at the game and Summerland has taken a 2-1 series lead.

Creston 7 @ Columbia Valley 4 
Creston wins a track meet by outshooting CVR 56-49 and scoring 7 goals to take a 3-0 series lead. Thomas Cankovic and Mike Spenrath each had 2 goals and there were 330 fans at the game.

100 Mile 2 @ Kamloops 3
Haden Dick's 2nd goal in the second period was the game winner and Jason Sandhu had the win in net stopping 33 of 35 shots. Kamloops takes a 2-1 series lead. 100's Jakob Severson stopped 34 in a losing cause.

Osoyoos 4 @ North Oakanagan 2
The Coyotes score 3 in the third and Jackson Glimpel's 2nd goal in a row was the game winner. Both Liam Aitken and Adam Jones were in the Coyote net. The shots were 39-30 and the Coyotes have taken a 3-0 series lead.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Riders are home here in Fernie Monday night, Round the league and a few other things

The Fernie Ghostriders play game three of their best of seven series
against the Kimberley Dynamiters Monday night here in Fernie.

The series is tied at one game each and game four is Tuesday night right here in Fernie.

Game five will be in Kimberley on Thursday night and it will be live on The Drive 99.1 local radio.

Game six if there is one will be here in Fernie Friday March 3rd and game seven is Saturday in Kimberley.

Game one: Fernie 3 @ Kimberley 8
The game was tied at 2 well into the second period when Kimberley scored four in a row virtually 
ending the game. Nitro Joe Karpyshyn, James Farmer and Matt Davies each had 3 point nights and Cody Campbell had the win in net.
Fernie had goals from Evan Traverse, Devin Nemes and Aidan Wilson (1G1A). Brendan Henderson started but was pulled after the sixth goal. Brandon Youngson finished the game.

Game two : Fernie 4 @ Kimberley 2
The Ghostriders had the lead all game and were up 2-0 after two. Kimberley scored to make it 2-1 but then Justin Peers scored on the PP for a 3-1 lead. Kimberley scored again making it a 3-2 game but Keelan Saworksi ended it with his first goal of the post season in the last minute of the game.

The Riders goals were from  Brendan Nemes (PP) Ty Abbott, Justin Peers (the game winner on the PP) and Keelan Saworski. Alex Cheveldave finished the night with 2 assists and Brendan Henderson was the Riders player of the game after he stopped 31 shots.
Kimberley had goals from Joe Karpyshyn and Franco Colapaolo and Cody Campbell was in net.

No problems in Kimberley in game 1 but when they lost in game 2 a fan was ejected for verbally attacking the referee and  several other fans were yelling and screaming and throwing cups of beer as well.They should change to Bud light or something if it's that bad. 

Round' the League

The KIJHL is keeping quiet on this as is BC Hockey but the WHL has a statement on the Mumps virus that's going around. If you or a teammate get sick get checked for the Mumps, it is serious...

Creston as expected leads Columbia Valley 2-0 - they won 7-2 last night and outshot CVR 53-27 but go to Rockieland Monday.

Beaver Valley also as expected leads Grand Forks 2-0
 after a 7-1 win and a 53-19 shot advantage last night ... they go to GFBB Monday

Castlegar and Nelson are tied 1-1- those pesky Leafs could surprise in Nelson for the next 2.

100 Mile and Kamloops are tied 1-1- the Storm battle back and tie with a 5-2 win and go home to Kamloops Monday.

Chase and Revelstoke are tied 1-1- Chase was first and have now tied it up but go to Revy Monday.

Summerland and Kelowna are tied at 1-1 but Kelowna may have lost their goalie Tanner Marshall after the Steam's Calvin Hadley took a 5 min major for goaltender interference on him and he left the game... there will be lots of fireworks at the KIJHL office over that one, and maybe on the ice as well in Kelowna as the Chiefs are no shrinking violets.

Osoyoos leads North Oakanagan 2-0 after Ryan Roseboom scored the game winner in a 3-2 game last night... but Roseboom who was a KIJHL top scorer with 31G and 25A  took a 5 minute charging penalty in the last 10 minutes so may miss a game or two, more fun for the KI VP's. 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Saturday night in the KIJHL

Fernie 4 @ Kimberley 2
Justin Peers PP goal was the game winner and Brendan Henderson stopped 31of 33 for the Ghostriders who have tied the series at 1 -1. Great crowd of 884 fans at the game.

Kamloops 5 @ 100 Mile 2
Evan Walls had 2 G 1A and Mitch Friesen scored 1 and had 3 assists as Kamloops ties the series at 1. 
Jason Sandhu stopped 40 for the Storm and 640 fans were in attendance. Riley Colsh scored both 100 G's.

Revelstoke 1 @ Chase 3
Josh Bourne scored the GW in the 2nd period and Nic Bruyere stopped 27 for the win. Chase has tied the series at 1. 333 fans at the game.

Kelowna 2 @ Summerland 4
Wyatt Gale's second goal was the GW, both teams had 2 PP G's and Summerland has tied the series at 1-1.  Matt Huber had the W in net .

Columbia Valley 2 @ Creston 7
Thomas Cankovic scored 2, Ron Wilkie had 3 assists and Creston is now up 2-0 on the Rockies. Shots were 53-27 CVT and 353 were at the game.

Nelson 1 @ Castlegar 5
Everett Hicks scored 3 goals and Chandeler Billinghurst stopped 25 The Rebels have tied the series at 1-1. 365 fans in attendance.

Grand Forks 1 @ Beaver Valley 7
Blake Sidoni scored 2 and Sam Swanson had 3 points. BV outshoots GF 53-19 and takes a 2-0 series lead.

North Okanagan 2 @ Osoyoos 3
Ryan Roseboom 1G 1A scored the game winner in the second period and Adam Jones stopped 19 for the win. Conor Webb stopped 47 of 50 in a losing effort. The Coyotes have a 2-0 series lead.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Friday night in the KIJHL

Fernie 3 @ Kimberley 8 
Tyler Van Steinburg scored a pair and Matt Davies and Chase Miller each had 3 points as the Nitro's blow up the Fernie Ghostriders 8-3 in front of 826 fans taking a 1-0 series lead.

Revelstoke 5 Chase 4 
Revelstoke's Tyler Chavez Leech scored one of the Grizz's 4 PP goals in the third and it was the game winner. Tommy Bodtker had 2 goals and the Grizz surprise the first place Heat with a 5-4 win and a 1-0 series lead. 335 at the game.

Kamloops 1 @ 100 Mile 4
Ryan Friesen had 2G 1A and Colton Thomas scored two as well as the Wranglers take a 1-0 series lead in front of 618 fans. Jakob Severson stopped 36 of 37 in the Wrangler net.

Grand Forks 2 @ Beaver Valley 3
Blake Sidoni's second of the game was the GW and Tallon Kramer had the win in net with 20 saves giving BV a 1-0 series lead. GFBB Anthony Galliart gave the Bruins a chance by stopping 39 of 42.

Kelowna 3 @ Summerland 2
Jason Village scored the GW with 2:10 left in the third, Brett Witala had 1G 1A  and Tanner Marshall had the win in net stopping 23. Kelowna takes a 1-0 series lead. 240 at the game.

North Oak 1 @ Osoyoos 8
Ryan Roseboom and Colin Bell each scored 2 and the Coyotes outshot Oak 54-18 to take a 1-0 series lead. 360 at the game.

Columbia Valley 1 @ Creston 5
Five Cat's score and Thomas Cankovic had 3 A and Creston takes a 1-0 series lead in front of 439 fans. Brock Lefebvre stopped 31 in the Creston net. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Round the League, well half the league anyway

The PO matchups from our division are here, the other side from the Okanagan didn't want to play games in our division this year, at least the majority of them didn't, so I have no idea how they will do...  the numbers say Osoyoos, Summerland and Chase may win, but remember last year, no one I know was picking 100.

Fernie vs Kimberley

Last year in game one the Riders were blasted 6-0 by the Dynamiters, after that game the coaches convinced the boys to play a lot more physical and from then on it was much closer, but they still lost in five. I believe the lesson was learned... but we'll find out in the next week or so.

Both teams won 4 games this year and one of them even featured a line brawl that resulted in a few suspensions. So I expect some fan friendly action coming up.

Kimberley had an easier time scoring this year and have a better GAA but to me it is a 50/50 series, the Riders could even win 4 straight, or the opposite... who want's it more is the question... Kimbo is not as good as last season and Fernie is a little better equipped to win this season... but they sure could use a couple of D men back from the injury list.

That being said, first year HC Derek Stuart has done a great job of recruiting after losing the heart of his team last summer, I'd even consider him for Coach of the Year, if I had a vote,  Creston's Jeff Dubois  had a huge recruiting advantage being the Cyclone Taylor host and finished first, so he'll probably get the votes, and it will be well deserved.

Creston vs Invermere

The CVT just finished up the season with a pair of wins over CVR and only lost 1 game to them all year. The Rockies have played better lately but the numbers and a healthy Brock Lefebvre just scream Creston, maybe even in 4

Beaver Valley vs Grand Forks

The Hawks had a 16 game streak going then lost two in a row to Kimberley and Fernie. But like Creston the Hawks are a first place team, (first overall), and will probably roll over the Bruins quickly, plus they have Tallon Kramer in net, he had the best numbers for a goalie when you consider the number of games he played. The Bruins Brady Berger and Dylan Haney and BV's  Sam Swanson are all suspended to open the series but the Hawks are deeper  and will absorb that better than GFBB.

All you mathematicians can add this up, but remember the Bruins won a game and tied a game and went into OT as well.

Castlegar vs Nelson

Nelson, who are on a 3 game win streak were here in Fernie a few games ago so I got a look at them for the first time this season. They came back from the dead earlier in the season after trading I think 9 guys or something  and have enough good players to surprise the Rebels... but they take too many PIM. They will start the series with three guys out with suspensions.

Meanwhile the Rebels who are on a 6 game win streak got away with one when their goalie Chandler Billinghurst speared a Bruin player (Grambo) in the face last Friday... the video was all over Twitter... There was no suspension... incredibly...

The Rebels also have top scorers  John Moller and  Logan Styler who won the KIJHL scoring title with 80 points and they beat the Leafs 6 times this year... Math geniuses say it adds up to a Rebels, BV Murdoch final.