Friday’s game vs Invermere will start with a moment of silence for a member of the Ghostrider family who passed away last week. Aggie Podrasky has been the voice of Ghostrider Bingo for several years and will be fondly remembered by the hockey team for all her work at Monday night Bingo.
The last time these two teams played the Ghostriders won at home 6-2 then lost the next night in Invermere 4-3. The Rockies are very undisciplined and have been accused of being a bunch of cheap shot artists. There have been several fights in the first two games between these two division rivals so far this season.
The Ghostriders played two games on the road last weekend losing a close one in Chase Friday night by a 3-2 score and winning in a shootout in Kamloops by an identical 3-2 score. The Columbia Valley Rockies also split last weekend losing 5-3 to Kimberley Friday and winning 3-1 at home vs Spokane on Saturday then hosted Kimberley last Tuesday where they won 6-3. Rockie stars Reid Mitchell with 4 points and Brett Bjorkman with 5 lead the way in that game.
Odds and Ends
Rider forward Dave McIvor continues to light it up and scored in both games last week. As of last Monday Dave was the Top Scorer in the league with 11 goals 8 assists in 9 games, McIvor had 3 goals and 2 assists in the home opener vs Invermere back in September…. Team Captain Scott Traverse is right behind with 5 goals and 9 assists…. Chad Olson was first star in Kamloops with a goal in regulation and one in the shootout….Mike Oldfield also scored in the shootout….Jason Greenwell was named as a game star in net both games last weekend… he played so well the Jr. “A” Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL brought him up for a few games. If Greenwell isn’t back Either Robin McColl or Tory Caldwell (trade from the Kamloops Storm last week) will start …..Former Calgary Buffalo Mark Leblanc was also expected to be in the lineup Friday.
Congratulations #15 Dave McIvor
Every month each team gets a chance to nominate one of their players for the the KIHL Player of the Month Award. The league then picks the winner. With 9 goals and 8 assists in only 7 games #15 Dave McIvor was the Ghostriders nominee for the month of September and Dave won the award. Head Coach Will Verner said. “ Dave was a top offensive player throughout the 07-08 season helping lead the Ghostriders to a 2007-2008 KIJHL championship. In September Dave started where he left off as he currently leads the KIJHL with 17 points and has helped our team to a 4-2-1 start. …Despite having two players in the top five of all KIJHL scorers The Columbia Valley Rockies didn’t bother to nominate any of their players. Reid Mitchell and Brett Bjorkman who after last Tuesday are now number one and two in KIJHL scoring must be pleased.
The Ghostriders go to Revelstoke Saturday and are in Golden on Sunday. The boys are also in Nelson next Friday then return home on Saturday October 18 to play Creston. The Rockies play Creston at home Saturday night.