The Ghostriders play the first place Creston Valley Thunder Cats Friday Jan 20th right here in Fernie.
Creston got surprised last week by the Rockies who beat them 6-4 right in Creston. Go figure, the Rockies are starting to play like a playoff team. Good reffin...Oh shutup it's just a joke. Creston did win 5-2 in Kimberley the next night though.
Meanwhile the Ghostriders only played one game last weekend and lost 5-2 to the first place overall Beaver Valley Nitehawks. After the Creston game this Friday the Riders play in Golden Saturday night and it is a Drive 99.1 Radio Broadcast Game.
Rider forward Riley Siebel picked up a 3 game suspension for kneeing at the end of the BV game last Saturday and is out until Jan 27th.
D-man Kyle Haugo is suspended until next Thursday when Kimberley is here in Fernie.
D man Kevin Pierce is back from Spain where he played in a tournament with team Mexico. The team didn’t do very well but Kevin got to play lots of minutes.
Derek Green (99) played in the Prospects game between the Kootenay and Okanagan last weekend in Kelowna. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.
Round' the League
I'm pretty sure a few of the top teams in the league are questioning the no crossovers decision right about now... Im bettin the big gun teams in Creston, Osoyoos and Beaver Valley along with a few other teams who are in the mix to win the league would love to play a few crossovers... just to see where they stand with the other division. Another casualty of the no crossovers.
Williams Lake and Quesnel have applied to join the KIJHL, Im told the deadline for a new franchise is April 1st, so the league actually has time to get their ducks in order, but I hear they they may not wait.
IMO it's two more teams with money who will be very hard to recruit against. The small town could be on it's way out.
The latest BC Hockey news... the Westside Warriors won the Royal Bank Cup last season and are now a powerful franchise... oh wait a minute.. despite winning everything they lost $300,000, and now they have been sold and may move to Delta BC, thus ousting their Jr B team. And this is even after the City agreed to a $10,000 dollar haircut on ice fees. Read that story here
Will the Delta Ice Hawks move to Westside... haha Kelowna would be pissed... but they'll have a league game they can walk to...
And what about Cranbrook... rumours have Nanaimo building a $85 million dollar 5700 seat arena with the Ice as their main tenant ... The KIJHL back in Cranbrook ? The BC Hockey landscape is changing as we speak, and it's all about money.