Local KIJHL clubs finding different paths
The 46th season in the history of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) is well underway.
The East Kootenay’s three member squads, all part of the Eddie Mountain Division, are finding different paths heading into the 2015/16 season.
Defending champion Kimberley Dynamiters lead the division and are tied for the lead in league standings eight contests in, sporting a five win, one loss and two overtime losses record.
Returning forward Eric Buckley leads the team in scoring with three goals and 13 assists. Cranbrook resident Jason Richter leads the squad in goal scoring with nine in the first eight games. The 19-year-old potted 39 in 52 games last season.
The dynamic duo also leads the league in scoring thus far.
Creston Valley’s Alec Wilkinson is tied for second in scoring with Richter.
Returning starting netminder Tyson Brouwer is posting eye-popping numbers for the Nitros. The Lethbridge product has four wins and two losses so far this season, with a stingy 1.63 GAA and .949% save percentage.
The Fernie Ghostriders are in third place, one point behind the Creston Valley Thundercats with seven points on the strength of three wins, one loss and one overtime loss.
Calgary-born sniper Cole Keebler is off to a torrid start, with nine goals and two helpers in the first five games. Keebler is fifth in league scoring.
Fellow Calgary product Jeff Orser is carrying the mail in goal, with three wins and two losses so far, with a 2.78 GAA and .916 SP.
The Columbia Valley Rockies are in fourth place with s two wins, five losses record.
First-year Rocky Donoven Quintin is impressing in his debut with the club with four goals and four assists in the first seven games. Quintin arrives in the valley with strong credentials. He was top scorer and rookie of the year for his hometown Medicine Hat Cubs last season. He is currently 17th in scoring in the KIJHL.
Another first year Rocky is keeping pace. Edmonton product Nolan Menard has scored three times and helped on five others in his first seven games.
Finally, a third first-year player, Slave Lake dynamo Michael Cardinal is scoring at an even better points per game rate, registering a goal and six assists in five games.
Netminder Connor McKay, of St. Albert, has had the bulk of the starts for the Rockies .389 GAA and .901 SP
The Golden Rockets are in the division basement with no victories in five tries.