Well the big story this week is: Injuries.
The Riders now have 5 players out of the lineup and three of them are defensemen, Keagan Kingwell, Kevin Pierce and Kyle Haugo are all out and may not be back until the playoffs, which by the way start on or about Friday February 24th. Forwards Evan Traverse and Brendan Nemes are both out as well but Traverse is a possible for the weekend.
Kingwell had been on a run lately scoring 5 goals in his last four games, but it was in the last game in Grand Forks where he and Haugo and B Nemes got hurt. Coach Craig Mohr says the guys were not hurt by cheap shots but it was a “hard nosed” game.
Team Captain Alex Cheveldave was named as the Riders Boston Pizza Player of the Month for January, Cheveldave has 14G 21A and has easily been the Riders most consistent player both defensively and points wise plus he has played in every game despite fighting off the usual injuries D men pick up in the battle zone.
Aidan Wilson had 4 assists in the Kimberley game last Thursday, Keelan Saworski had 2G 1A and Brendan Nemes had 1G 1A . Brendan Henderson had the win in net.
In Nelson Keagan Kingwell scored 3 goals and had an assist and Alex Cheveldave had 1G 2A, that pairing has been effective but has been broken up with the Kingwell injury.
In Grand Forks the Riders had a 3-2 lead but as HC Mohr says we made "two mistakes" and the Bruins scored two perfect shot goals for the win. Justin Peers had 1G 1A in that game.
In other news… according to this story here the WHL has made two schedules, one with the Kootenay Ice in Cranbrook and another with them in Nanaimo. They would not do that if it wasn't a real possibility... this time the rumours that we’ve heard for the last 10 years could actually be true.
The story above says if Nanaimo votes to build a new arena on March 11th the Ice will move there for next season. Just like they did when they moved from Edmonton to Cranbrook the Ice will play out of a small arena until the new one is built.
Another story also has the Clippers moving to Campbell River displacing the Jr B Storm.
So my questions are.
1/ Can the River actually support a BCHL team.
2/ Where will the Storm go.
3/ Will the KIJHL go back to Cranbrook, with their
KIJHL history would they (I'm just speculating here, no facts) get fast tracked.
4/ Or, and the Nanaimo bosses must have pondered this, would the Clippers move to Cranbrook and play in that great arena. The BCHL may not like that idea because of travel but it must have been at least looked at by both Cranbrook and Nanaimo.