Ghostriders This Week Jan 28/24

Photo is of the best dressed KIJHL’er Jack Lambert. Jack was in town to watch the games this weekend. He is still in rehab with a shoulder injury and as you can see is not wearing a sling anymore. For those who don’t remember Lambert was a big part of the offence before he got hurt 22 games into the season. 

Jack “The rehab seems to be going well thus far”  

The Ghostriders won both home games this weekend, 3-2 against the Columbia Valley Rockies and 4-0 against the Golden Rockets. With the wins the Riders have a 26-8-3-0 record, 56 points,  first place in the division and third place overall in the KIJHL. Sicamous 59 and Princeton 57 are ahead of them.

The Riders go back on the road next weekend to play Beaver Valley who are on a 13 game win streak and haven’t lost since Dec 2nd, and the Nelson Leafs, who have the most comfortable arena in the league IMO, but we have the best atmosphere.

We asked Levi Hall his thoughts on  being named as one of the KIJHL’s Three Stars of the Week
Levi Hall  “Yeah it felt good getting the goalie star of the week and I got to give credit to the team for playing good hockey this weekend against the 2 top teams (Sicamous-Revelstoke) in the league and coming out with 3 out of 4 points.

How has your time as a Fernie Ghostrider been?
Hall “Since getting traded to Fernie I’ve loved every minute of it here and it’s fun coming to the rink everyday. The fans are something else here and we know what support we’re going to get every game and that makes it that much more fun to play for them”.

Notes From Under the Bleachers…where they keep the suds

Nick Kunyk was in net for the Rockies game when one of his pads fell off, I don’t remember ever seeing anything like that, so Levi Hall came in and stopped a couple of shots and picked up an assist on Landon Hedges goal…if he sabotages his pads a few more times Levi could win the Goalie scoring race…but wait, I went to the KI site to see how many points the goalies had and couldn’t find them, they don’t keep track of em… the goalies union should go picket the KIJHL office…well if they had one anyway…Kunyk has a .930 save % BTW…the Riders have a 12-4-2 road record, one KI team has only won 3…when they were kids their mothers told them not to play on the road? …Landon Hedges’ “highlight reel “ goal vs the Rockies was his first since coming over from Creston, who have officially made the playoffs…they may not be an easy out…Fernie played the Rockies six times this season and ended up with a 5-1 record…it’s a possible PO matchup…Taylor Haggerty’s goal vs Golden was his 25th and he is second in KIJHL goal scoring, Nitro Tristan Weill is 1st with 37… Coden Fournier’s goal vs the Rockies was the game winner…Kyler Watson had the GW vs Golden…The Spokane Play by Play Broadcast guys tell me with our Scotty McKee’s help in setting up replays and extra cameras they have a much better product and were also able to get their goalie’s “Match Penalty” rescinded when Player Safety got a better look…Scotty should get paid by the league to hold summer tech camps…It’s not a rumour…In Quesnel they were all set to ice a KIJHL team next fall but a dispute over advertising with the Sr Hockey Kangaroos has stopped their attempt at joining the KI… Read that here …it may not be over and could be negotiated…It costs lots of money to ice a junior team, just ask the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL who are in big financial trouble read that here… the Rockies, Eagles, Grizzlies, Nelson and now BV all on the road lately…brutal schedule against great teams… after Christmas is when we get the most fans 1116 Friday…and the KI gives us the least # of games…and we’re not allowed to say how we really feel about that…Next home games February 10 vs Grand Forks February 16 vs Kimberley...


Fernie 3 Rockies 2

The Riders had a 2-1 lead after the first 3-1 after the second then half way through the third the Rockies scored making for an interesting ending. Shots 34-31 FGR – Power Plays CVR 0-2 FGR 0-4 Attendance 1116
Nick Kunyk left to fix his equipment in the first so Levi Hall came in for a couple of shots and he got an assist on the Riders 2nd goal.


Saturday night 809 fans watched the Ghostriders win 4-0 at home against the Golden Rockets.
The Riders scored 3 in the second period and one in the third for the 4-0 win. Levi Hall stopped  all 35 shots for the shutout in net against his former team.
Kyler Watson’s second period goal was the game winner. The Riders went 0-6 and Rockets 0-2 on the power play.