The Fernie Ghostriders will play the Golden Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. The teams will go 1-1 because of ice time problems. Fernie couldn’t get the ice because of the Ice Carnival and Golden has a hockey tournament. It will mean lots of travel for the players.
The Ghostriders finished up the regular season with four games last week. They won 4-3 in Creston last Tuesday then played Invermere three times in a row. They won 7-2 at home Friday, 5-4 on the road and on Sunday in Fernie lost 3-2 in OT.
The Riders used AP ‘s Dalton Bouvier, Evan Pumphrey, and Trevor Broad Sunday and Jacen Richards last Saturday.
When this was written Cole Keebler, Travis Thomsen Dan Burgess were day to day with injuries and Doan Smith was listed as indefinite.
The Riders also finished up the season second overall in the KIJHL with 78 points, Osoyoos was first with 87. This means the Ghost will have home ice advantage for the first three rounds of the playoffs… if they keep winning.
Fernie finished with a 21-2-1-2 home record and a 16-9-0-1 road record.
Golden had a 15-9-0-2 home record and a 8-15-0-3 road record.
The Ghostriders won all four games at home vs Golden but were only 1-3 in Golden.
Golden’s Head Coach and GM Ty Davidson announced that he will be leaving the team after the playoffs. Davidson was in Golden for four years but wanted to move closer to his family in Salmon Arm… it isodd that the announcement came out before the playoffs .
Kimberley will play Creston in the first round of the playoffs, they will have a nice short travel schedule that may give the winner an advantage in the second round.
Fernie Ghostriders (1) vs. Golden Rockets (4)
Game 1: Wed., Feb. 18 at Fernie
Game 2: Fri., Feb. 20 at Golden
Game 3: Sun., Feb. 22 at Fernie
Game 4: Mon., Feb. 23 at Golden
Game 5: Wed., Feb. 25 at Fernie*
Game 6: Fri., Feb. 27 at Golden*
Game 7: Sat., Feb. 28 at Fernie*