Eddie Mountain clubs back to business tonight
By Emanuel Sequeira
Welcome to the first (Kootenay International Junior Hockey League) KIJHL Notebook of the 2021-22 season.
We feel optimistic about being able to give you snapshots on the teams in this space for an entire season.
There were 110 goals scored over the opening weekend – 50 on opening night and 60 on the second. That means fans had plenty to cheer about.
Eddie Mountain Division
The Columbia Valley Rockies are 1-2 to start. They were doubled 4-2 up by the Golden Rockets on the road. Their offensive leaders are a pair of rookies in Reed Sparrow at forward, who scored the OT winner against the Rebels, and defenceman Tyson Tisdale, who has three points in two games. Bryson Monych is tied with Sparrow for the team lead in goals with two.
Friday October 8: Kimberley Dynamiters vs Rockies at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, October 9: Beaver Valley Nitehawks vs Rockies at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena (7 p.m.)
The Creston Valley Thunder Cats earned a split in their first two games. They opened the season at home with a 4-0 victory over the Fernie Ghostriders. Harmon Laser-hume, named the KIJHL’s third star, turned aside all 34 shots he faced. On Saturday at home, the Thunder Cats lost 5-2 to the Kimberley Dynamiters. Sheldon Kwiatkowski is tied with rookie Adam Redding for the team lead in points with three. Rookie defenceman Ethan Boutcher and Reece Nelson lead with two goals.
Friday October 8: Creston vs Beaver Valley Nitehawks at Fruitvale’s Beaver Valley Arena (7 p.m.)
Saturday, October 9: Creston vs Castlegar Rebels at Castlegar & District Recreation Centre (7 p.m.)
The Fernie Ghostriders opened the season with a pair of losses under new Head Coach-GM Ty Valin. Tanner Chapman, who was picked up from the Rockies, has the lone Ghostriders goal. After opening the season with a 4-0 loss to the Thunder Cats, the Ghostriders lost to the Nelson Leafs 4-1 at the Nelson Community Complex.
Friday October 8: Nelson Leafs vs Fernie at Fernie Memorial Arena (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, October 9: Fernie vs Golden Rockets at Golden Arena (7:30 p.m.)
The Golden Rockets hosted the Rebels on opening night, earning a 3-1 victory. Rookie Nathan Kaye, from Spruce Grove, Alta., netted the winner. They picked up their second win 4-2 over the Rockies with Connor Funke netting the winner in the second period. Levi Hall and Michael O’Sullivan have earned the wins in goal.
Saturday, October 9: Fernie Ghostriders vs Golden at Golden Arena (7:30 p.m.)
After the opening weekend, the Kimberley Dynamiters have the best goal differential at plus-eight. Calgary product Trystan Self was in net for both games, turning aside 42 of 45 shots. In their opening game against the Rockies, Self turned aside 15 of 16 shots. He has a .933 save percentage to go with a 1.57 goals against average.
Friday October 8: Dynamiters vs Rockies at Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena (7:30 p.m.)
Saturday, October 9: Nelson Leafs vs Kimberley at the Civic Centre (7 p.m.)