The Riders’ winning streak continues

The Fernie Ghostriders came out of the weekend with two more wins, including a win against rivals, the Thunder Cats, but the Riders associate head coach saw the teams fighting against poor officiating.

The Riders defeated the Golden Rockets on Friday night on home ice

The Fernie Ghostriders came out of the weekend with two more wins, including a win against rivals, the Thunder Cats, but the Riders associate head coach saw the teams fighting against poor officiating.

“The KIJHL (and it’s partners) work so hard to put the best product they can on the ice and to see it totally disrespected by the referee on Saturday night was not only disappointing but quite disgusting,” said associate head coach Rick Hillier.

Hillier said that the referee lost control of the game from the first shift.

“They were trying to intimidate us. There was a lot of hacking and a lot of slashing, and there were two hits from behind that weren’t called,” he said.

The games against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats are often physical, and Hillier said that they often use intimidation to shake up the Riders on the ice.

“After the first two minutes it was basically a free-for-all,” he said, “When that happens the kids are out there doing the best that they can do, but that’s when injuries start to happen.”

Hillier said that despite a couple headshots, none of the Riders were seriously injured.

“We’re a little bruised and beaten, but we’re okay,” he said.

The Riders started the weekend off on home ice for their third game against the Golden Rockets.

Fernie beat the Rockets 5-3.

“In the first period we kind of let them run a little bit,” said Hillier. “Once we tightened things up, we took the game back.”

He said that there was a great crowd at Friday’s game and that he thought it was a great game for fans to watch.

Ghostriders goaltender Andrew Walton was out for Friday’s game due to an injury. But Hillier said the Riders goalie Fraser Abdallah stepped in and made some great saves.

“He did his job and gave us a chance to win,” said Hillier.

On Saturday night, the Ghostriders went to Creston to face their rivals the Thunder Cats.

Despite being short players on the ice for 16 straight minutes, the Riders were able to win 3-2.

“We had 10 forwards and six defencemen going into the game. And then we lost Zach Baba to the first penalty, so we were down to nine forwards. And then we lost Marty Wicks, which meant we were down to five defencemen,” said Hillier.

He said that all the players stepped up and played a great game.

“To kill 16 minutes straight and to win that battle on nothing is pretty exceptional,” he said.

The Riders will face the Creston Valley Thunder Cats again on home ice, and will play the Golden Rockets in Golden on Saturday night.

Just Posted

Fernie’s Sam Goodison representing Alberta at Canada Winter Games

Fernie’s Sam Goodison will be representing Alberta at the upcoming Canada Winter… Continue reading

RDEK takes steps towards reducing carcass pit use

The first step towards addressing the issue of carcass pits in the… Continue reading

Ghostriders head coach Jeff Wagner commits to another two years

Fernie Ghostriders head coach Jeff Wagner has committed to another two years… Continue reading

Fernie affordable housing project starting to take shape

Fernie Family Housing Society reveals project design; aims to start construction in September

Stranded men rescued by snowmobilers near Sparwood

Sparwood Search and Rescue praise quick action with forecast calling for below -20C overnight

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Local skier bound for Canada Winter Games

A total of 251 athletes from around B.C. will represent the province… Continue reading

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Avalanche control planned tomorrow on Highway 1

The highway will be closed in the morning east of Revelstoke

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Most Read