Monday, 2 October 2017

Rider Notebook Oct 2nd

Friday’s Game
Friday the Columbia Valley Rockies are in town for the first time this year. So far the Rockies have a 2-4-2 record and 6 points. Last weekend they won 5-4 in overtime against Spokane and tied in Creston  4-4.

The Rockies got off to a poor start but have been winning games of late and according to the game sheets  play reasonably hard style of game accumulating 195 PIM's, they are no Kelowna Chiefs or anything with 344 and an amusing 1733 last season, but they're off to a good start. The Riders are at 117 and counting so far.

We would tell you how many PIM's the Riders had last season but all our twenty year olds have been removed from last year's stat page See here   and Fernie is not the only team missing part of their history... but no one cares... even though they should be outraged.

The Ghostriders played two tough home games last weekend against a pair of good skating teams in Beaver Valley and Castlegar and came away with two wins. 6-4 and 4-3.

With the wins Riders are now on a three game win streak and  come into the weekend in 3rd place with 7 points in 7 games. They will have to play the Rebels and their 62 PP goals Saturday, but this time in Castlegar. It is not a scheduled radio broadcast game.

The Ghostriders have 51 PPG and the Rockies have 24... The benchmark is Osoyoos who have 78, go ahead slash my hands or better still start a fight and be aggressive...

Rider goalie Broc Merkl got his first start with the Ghostriders against BV and came up with a huge 6-4 win against the reigning KIJHL Champions who fired 44 shots at him.

The next night everyone thought Merkl would get the start but it was Zak Larson’s turn (plus Coach Mohr said he had some family in town) and he showed everyone that he’s also in the running for the #1 spot with a a 4-3 win against the Rebels who fired 41 shots at him.

GM Craig Mohr is in a good spot with a couple of goalies fighting it out for the #1 spot. That is a great thing...IMO 

Ghostrider Notebook -from last weekend  

Keelan Saworski scored three goals and picked up an assist last weekend.
D-man Grayson Neufeld had a goal and four assists the two games. 
Ty Abbott scored two goals and added two assists and leads the team with 7 points in 7 games.
Sixteen year old Ethan Jang, Jace Woodley and Tristan Downe each had a goal and an assist

Ty Abbott 

was the Boston Pizza Player of the Month for September, Grayson Neufeld was the Tim Horton's  Player of the Week and Zak Larson and Broc Merkl were both named as the McDonald's Practice Players of the Week.

Practice player don't mean all that much to the fans, but the coaches love that one.

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