The Ghostriders won both of their games last weekend, 3-1 on the road in Invermere and 5-1 at home against the Castlegar Rebels… with only 14 skaters Friday and 13 Saturday!
A great effort by the players who although shorthanded just had to love all the ice time they got thus making the two wins even more jumping up and down fun.
On Friday they were down 1-0 in the first after a Chase Hawkins goal but in the second Mitch Titus’ brother Owen an affiliate player scored the tying goal from Kingwell and Siebel.
In the third Riley Siebel scored a beauty shorthanded that turned out to be the game winner. Justin Peers from D Nemes and Downe scored the insurance goal and Brandon Youngson had the win in net stopping 33 of 34. The Rockies Ben Kelsch stopped 40 of 43 in a losing effort.
On Saturday with just 13 skaters the Riders earned a 5-1 win over the visiting Castlegar Rebels who are in a dog fight with Grand Forks for second place. Another very convincing win for 13 skaters. 13 because Owen Titus was not available for the game.
The Riders had leads of 2-1, 3-1 and at the end 5-1. Devin Nemes had 2 goals and an assist while Tristan Downe,(PP) Keelan Saworski (PP) and Alex Cheveldave each had a goal, Mitch Titus and Justin Peers had 2A and Keagan Kingwell and Tayler Sincennes chipped in with 1 A each. Brandon Youngson had the win in net stopping 29 of 30 Rebel shots while Curt Doyle faced 29 shots.
With Head Coach Craig Mohr serving a ridiculous 5 game suspension (Kimberley HC Derek Stuart got 0 games)James Ouimet and and former Rider assistant coach from 2003-05 Brian Youngson ran the bench Friday then were joined by Jeff Zmurchyk on Saturday.
According to Coach Mohr the turning point Saturday was a save by Youngson in the third period when Logan Styler found himself alone in the slot firing a wicked shot headed for the left hand corner of Youngson who flashed his glove out and caught what would have been Styler’s 18 goal and 52nd point. He is in second place in league scoring as we speak. The wrong guy to be alone where he was but the right guy in net.
Coach Mohr also credits his players adherence (they did as asked of them) to a more conservative system he put in place due to the limited number of skaters.
A great 4 point weekend... we got more to say in the next day or so. See you soon.