The Ghostriders renew acquaintances with the Kimberley Dynamiters Thursday night here in Fernie. This is game seven of the two teams eight game regular season series. So far each team has won three games and the last game resulted in several suspensions to both teams.
Kimberley lost their last game 6-5 to the visiting Creston Thunder Cats and are currently in second place with 55 points, 5 behind Creston but 10 up on Fernie.
The Ghostriders won their last game by a 2-1 score in Golden. Keagan Kingwell scored the first goal on the power play from Cheveldave and D.Nemes then Evan Traverse scored what would turn out to be the game winner from Ty Abbott and Tayler Sincennes. Both goals were in the first period and were all the Riders needed for the win.
Brendan Henderson got his first win in net last week in Golden. Henderson was acquired from Port Moody ( but never signed there) via 100 Mile where he played his last game December 7th. When he came to Fernie he was kinda thrown to the wolves as his his first games were against the two best KIJHL teams, Beaver Valley and Creston. Coach Mohr tells us that if it wasn't for Henderson the score in the Creston game could have been much worse than 5-2.
Evan Traverse was the Riders Player of the Week, he scored in both games last weekend.
Ryan Kennedy who was out for a month is expected to play Thursday and Kyle Haugo is eligible for Thursday as well after serving his suspension from the last Kimberley game. Riley Siebel is eligible to play Saturday in Nelson, he was suspended Jan 14th for kneeing.
Kevin Pierce suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of the lineup for 6-8 weeks.
The Ghostriders play in Nelson Saturday and in Grand Forks Sunday at 3:00 Fernie time. Next week the Riders are in Kimberley Friday and Creston is here Saturday Feb 4th.
Round' the League
Williams Lake and Quesnel both applied to join the KIJHL but were turned down by a 75% vote last Sunday.
They aren't going away folks and will join the KIJHL sooner than later , or they'll start their own league... with the possibility of being joined by some KI defectors. These are two former BCHL towns who went broke at that level (easily twice or three times the operating cost per year to run a team ) who could support a Jr B team in their sleep, with cash to spare.
I'm glad they were turned down... for a couple of selfish reasons.
1/ Since the KIJHL has now adopted this stupid no crossovers schedule... we'd never see em anyway.
2/ They will have money and will be after the same players we (and the rest of the league) will be trying to recruit...and they will win many of those wars, see have money...
So just how much more do we want to water down the league anyway... We already have teams with only 5,8,9 and 12 wins after 39 or 40 games... does anyone (besides the KIJHL 's top scorers) want two more? I'm also pretty sure that WL and Quesnel won't be one of them...unless they hire Homer Simpson, Jim from Taxi or me as a Head Coach and GM.
The Nelson Leafs (who will play in Fernie Saturday Feb 11th) got in another line brawl after another one sided loss, this time 8-2 to the Rebels in Nelson last weekend. Check out the PIM's Here They had one with Creston earlier in the year that ended up with the two coaches chirping one another in the newspaper Read that here if you want The player suspensions are posted on the KI site...I know for sure that Rider Head Coach Craig Mohr and several other HC's Round' the League want to know all about the coaching suspensions as well... Mohr was nailed for 5 after the Riders only line brawl of the year. And was not happy about it. Kelowna's HC also got several games as well earlier in the year.
The league posts the player suspensions but not the coaches, bet if the players had a vote on that we would see em...