Ghostriders in Playoffs February 20, 2017Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The Fernie Ghostriders Junior Hockey Club finished their regular season and are advancing into the playoffs. The Riders finished in third place in the Eddie Mountain Division with 55 points and will play Kimberley Dynamiters in the first playoff round. Kimberley finished second with 67 points and is Fernie’s biggest rival in the league–the games will prove to be very exciting.
The rivalry is deep however we’ll only go back to last years playoffs.
In game one of last years playoffs the Riders were blasted 6-0 by the Dynamiters. After that game the coaches convinced the boys to play a lot more physical and from then on it was much closer, but they still lost in five. Perhaps believe the lesson was learned… we’ll find out in the next week.
Both teams won four games this year and one of them even featured a line brawl that resulted in a few suspensions. You can expect expect some fan friendly action coming up.
Kimberley had an easier time scoring this year and have a better GAA but it is a 50/50 series, the Riders could even win 4 straight, or the opposite… who want’s it more is the question… Kimberley is not as good as last season and Fernie is a little better equipped to win this season… but they sure could use a couple of defensive men back from the injury list.
Kimberley won the series in six games and is now playing Creston in round two.
Game 1 Fernie 3 Kimberley 8
Game 2 Fernie 4 Kimberley 2
Game 3 Kimberley 5 Fernie 6
Game 4 Kimberley 3 Fernie 2
Game 5 Fernie 1 Kimberley 10
Game 6 Kimberley 3 Fernie 2
See the Events Schedule for more game times.
Go Riders Go!
Fernie Ghostriders Hockey October 20, 2016Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The community of Fernie has a history of supporting the Fernie Ghostriders, it’s Junior B hockey team. The passionate following has a great history as the Riders consistently win a good share of their games. If your visiting Fernie be sure to take in the popular Rider games.
The Spokane Braves are in Fernie Friday night and they will be hungry for a win after losing 7-2 to Kimberley and 4-1 in Nelson last weekend. The Braves are only 4-10 but they have some firepower, their top two scorers are two Spokane locals, Paxton Malone and Mason Jones, and they lead all KIJHL scorers with 23 points each. The Riders played in Spokane on October 7th and the Braves defeated the Ghostriders by a 5-4 score despite being out-shot 53-30.
Home games are played at the local arena on Highway #3. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children and you can purchase tickets at the arena.
Kevin Pierce and Evan Traverse will finish their suspensions from the Golden game Friday night and will be able to play on Saturday in Elkford. They were suspended 2 games each along with 2 Rockets and both coaches (1game each) because of multiple fights at the same stoppage of play. The league doesn’t like two or more fights at the same time… cause the fans don’t know which one to watch ? The fights started after Pierce was hit from behind by the frustrated Rockets who were getting schooled in every part of the game. The referee called 3 fights and Trevor Broad was the first fight so he wasn’t suspended… another ref may have just given ruffing or chocolates to the other participants and no suspensions, but that’s the way it goes.
The Rider game wasn’t the only penalty filled game, Summerland and Revelstoke also duked it out (check out the 2nd period here) and a few other teams also had their share of PIM’s as well, all in all 16 suspensions were issued after last weekend’s games… you couldn’t tell here in Fernie with all the rain, but it was a full moon, at least according to the bloodstains, I mean calendar.
We hope to see you at a Rider game!
Ghostriders play Kimberley in Playoffs February 21, 2016Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The Fernie Ghostriders and the Kimberley Dynamiters face off in the first round of the playoffs in the Eddie Mountain Division of the KIJHL. Fans of both teams know the Dynamiters and the Ghostriders have a longstanding rivalry between the two clubs.
This season Kimberley has lead the division with Fernie taking fourth spot.
Ghostriders Head Coach Craig Mohr says the rivalry just makes for more exciting hockey. “The Fernie-Kimberley thing has gone on for years and years and years and its a lot of fun,” Mohr says. “As a fan and as a coach, I’ve enjoyed many years of a great rivalry. Both towns support their teams probably better than anybody else in the KIJHL.”
Mohr says the crowd is especially energized anytime they attend a Ghostriders/Dynamiters playoff game. “Its a special experience and that’s what we tell our players when we are trying to recruit them,” Mohr says. “We have a pretty unique thing happening out here between us and Kimberley and its growing. Nothing in the league compares to the Fernie-Kimberley games, meeting in the first round will prove to be exciting hockey.
The playoffs will start on the 23rd and Kimberley has home ice advantage. Get out and support your team and see some amazing hockey! Here is the round one schedule:
Tuesday, 23rd in Kimberley
Wednesday, 24th in Fernie
Friday, 26th in Kimberley
Saturday, 27th in Fernie
Monday, 29th in Kimberley
Tuesday, March 1st in Fernie
Thursday, March 3rd in Kimberley
The Ghostriders play Kimberley December 29, 2015Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The Ghostriders play the Kimberley Dynamiters Tuesday. Kimberley is the Ghostriders biggest rival team, this game will be more than exciting!
The Riders play in Kimberley Monday so this will be the fourth time these two teams have played this season. Kimberley won the first game 4-3 and Fernie won the second game 3-2 in OT, both teams won on the road. They will play each other four more times in February.
The Dynamiters entered the Christmas break in first place in our division and were first overall in the KIJHL with 55 points. Because Golden has only won four games the Dynamiters have already clinched a playoff spot.
Before the break Kimberley played two games, they lost 5-2 in Creston and won 8-0 against Golden. Their top scorers are Jason Richter, Jared Marchi, Eric Buckley and D-man Jordan Busch. Tyson Brouwer is their #1 goalie with a 20-4-0-1 record. Jerry Bancks is the Head Coach and Mike Reid is their GM.
The Ghostriders played two games just before the Christmas break, they won 7-4 when Creston was here but lost 6-2 when Beaver Valley visited us on December 19th.
Before the Christmas Break
Despite missing several games with an injury Cole Keebler was still in third place in KIJHL scoring with 48 points. Keebler was in second place in goal scoring with 24. Kimberley’s Jason Richter had scored one more goal and leads the KIJHL with 25. Keebler was leading the KI with 4 shorthanded goals and the Ghostriders had an 8-1-0-1 record in their last 10 games. AP Dalton Bouvier scored his first of the year in the Creston game.
Zach Befus scored 10 power play goals and was in second place in power play goals scored. Kimberley’s Richter also has 10 and Creston’s Carson Cartwright, who will be here in Fernie January 2nd, has 11.
Cole Keebler, Ryan Teslak, Mack Differenz, and Dan Burgess are all listed as day to day with injuries.
The Ghostriders play in Creston New Year’s Eve then return to Fernie for the rematch January 2nd.
Ghostrider Summer Hockey School April 6, 2015Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The Fernie Ghostriders Summer Hockey School is returning to Fernie this August 9 to 15th!
Registration can be paid for by cheque or cash, mail to Box 178, Fernie BC, V0B 1M0 or drop them off to Craig Mohr at the Fernie Memorial Arena. The School is Aug 9-15
Coach Craig Mohr on the season March 11, 2015Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The Ghostriders lost the last two games against the Kimberley Dynamiters, 2-1 at home and 5-2 with (2 empty net goals) on the road in Kimberley. In the last two games the Riders turned it on and were easily as good as the Nitro’s, and at times better, but had trouble solving Tyson Brouwer. The two games they won were when Brouwer was hurt and Brody Nelson was in net. Brouwer let in one bad goal in game 5 on a shot from the blueline… but turned out… it was an off side goal… it may have changed the series… The Riders didn’t really show up for game 4 but still only lost 2-1. Jeff Orser kept them in that game and was as good enough in net to win the series.
Coach Craig Mohr recruited a pretty good group of players in his first year back with the Ghostriders and he was also named as the Eddie Mt. Coach of the Year. Mohr’s coaching style makes for a fun game for the fans to watch and the players he brought in, plus what was left over from last year, put on a pretty good show finishing second overall in the KIJHL while playing an entertaining style of hockey.
Jeff Orser won the Eddie Mountain Top Goalie Award this year and was great in net, he will be 20 this year so is a possibility for next year unless he choses to go to school.
Cole Keebler led the Riders in playoff scoring but was hampered by injuries all season… he may have contended for the KIJHL top scorer had he been healthy, and may have had an even better playoff as well.
Spencer Bender only played the last game vs Kimberley… he had assists on both goals, he would have made a difference had he been healthy. Bender had 5 G 2 A in the five P/O games he played…
When you come back from injuries it takes a while to get in sync… Doan Smith 95 was skating on one good leg after missing weeks with a knee injury and only had 1 A after a 35 G 62 pt regular season.
Sam Plaquin, Joel Burgess, Aaron Neufeld, Derek Georgopoulos and Captain Dylan Robertson, the twenty year olds were leaders off the ice and were in the top seven of Rider PO scorers… the Captain delivered several big hits on anything and everything and anyone including goalies. I know the fans and Coaches were liking it…the league, with help from Hockey Canada, seems to have gotten away from the physical game. Burgess and Robertson would have thrived a few years ago in the war zones. I would bet any of them would have a shot at playing in the BCIHL if that’s what they wanted to do… more on the team and the 94’s after the Banquet
Justin Peers with the big shot (could be the new McCulloch next yr) was just over a point a game in the PO and has developed nicely over the winter… and what D man want’s to keep up to Jason Yan’s foot speed.
Tayler Sincennes scored a few goals and had a few fights as well and David Kelly is a better player than he was in September and that’s not bad after missing most of last year with a broken leg.
Travis Thomsen was the leader on the blue-line with a good mix of toughness and points and Evan Reid can definitely skate at the next level and had the most points of the D. Dustin Watt turned into a pretty good pickup from Golden early in the year and Matt Pronchuk is developing into a good all around D man but missed the last few games with an injury. Zak Kuchler and Will Lightfoot were the steady stay home D the coaches wanted and Jaffray’s Dan Burgess who didn’t play for a couple of years fit right in after a few weeks. Would sure like to see him play out the rest of his eligibility here in Fernie. Brandon Butler was a great backup finishing with a great 13-5 record.
And Finally… the sixteen year olds Cavin Tilsley and Kyle Haugo… Both these players made real big leaps in their development as the season wore on. Tilsley is looking at the WHL next year so I hear… and Haugo earned a spot on D and at times up front. Tilsley has the speed to move up and Haugo has the size to get a look at the next level if that’s what he want’s to do.
Besides the two 98’s that were just mentioned we sometimes forget that Peers, Reid, Yan, Kuchler, Sincennes, Pronchuk, Butler,D Burgess and Kelly were rookies, if they return next year Coach Mohr will have the so called good nucleus to start from.
Ghostriders and Kimberkey Playoff Update March 3, 2015Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
Note: The Fernie Ghostriders lost the series to Kimberley in six games. They were a young team who exceeded expectations and topped the point standings in the Eddie Mountain Division. Congratulations on a fine season and we look forward to next season!
The Fernie Ghostriders are facing their biggest rivals in Round two and have spit their homes games on the weekend. The Ghostriders lost game one by a 5-2 score to the Kimberley Dynamiters then in game two they won 5-2.
Game #1 Overview
Kimberley had the best of the scoring chances in the first and scored two goals. Braden Saretsky from Jared Marchi scored on the PP at 12:30 then Coy Prevost from Sawyer Hunt and Eric Buckley scored at 8:53 and it was 2-0 at the end of the first.
In the second the Ghostriders were a much better team and with just 1:29 left- Justin Peers from Cole Keebler and Evan Reid scored to make it 2-1 at the end of two.
In the third with Brody Nelson in the Kimberley net in relief of Tyson Brouwer Dan Burgess scored his first as a Ghostrider from Will Lightfoot and Jason Yan tying the game at 2-2. With 4:23 left on the clock Eric Buckley got in behind the defence and took a pass from Alex Rosolowsky and scored the game winner. Kimberley added 2 empty net goals from Prevost and Saretsky for the 5-2 win.
Jeff Orser was in net for the Riders stopping 23 of 26 while Tyson Brouwer started the first two periods then in the third Nelson was in and made some great saves particularly the one on Cole Keebler’s breakaway. The shots were 29-28 Fernie and there were 553 at the game.
Fernie was 0-6 on the PP Kimberley was 1-3.
Game #2 Overview
The Riders Aaron Neufeld from Evan Reid and Sam Plaquin scored first on the the power play but then the Dynamiters answered back with two power play goals of their own. James Jowsey and Braden Saretsky scored the goals.
In the second the Riders Joel Burgess from Justin Peers scored the tying goal and Tayler Sincennes from Sam Plaquin and Aaron Neufeld scored what would turn out to be the game winner.
The Riders added two more in the third, Aaron Neufeld from Burgess and Burgess from Derek Georgopoulos and Cavin Tilsey scored the final touches. Jeff Orser was in net again and made one particularly big save in the third to help demoralize the Nitro’s.
The Riders were 2-6 and Kimberley was 2-5 on the power play and the shots were even at 29. Kimberley had territory for much of the game but the Riders kept them to the outside for the most part. As the players were leaving the ice Nitro Coach Jerry Bancks was goin at it with the referee. There were 663 fans at the game and games 3 and 4 will go in Kimberley Wednesday and Friday then back home in Fernie Saturday night.
Injuries are already taking a toll on both teams , especially for the Dynamiters who lost their #1 goalie Tyson Brouwer (95) 5-1 P/O record who left the game after the second period with a reported lower body injury. They also lost forward Sawyer Hunt (97) as well.
The Ghostriders started the series without forwards Doan Smith (95) and Spencer Bender (95) along with defensemen Travis Thomsen (95) then lost defensemen Matt Pronchuk (96) in game one. Coach Mohr tells us Doan Smith, the Riders top scorer
Kimberley and Fernie are legendary rivals and the regular standing placed Fernie on top with 78 points and Kimberley in 2nd place with 69. This series will be fast and tough as these two teams battle for the Eddie Mountain Division championship!
Be sure to get out and see this exciting series, the schedule for the remaining games is as follows:
Saturday – Kimberley 5 Fernie 2
Sunday – Fernie 5 Kimberley 2
Wednesday – Fernie 7 Kimberley 4
Friday March 6- in Kimberley at 7:00 PM
Saturday March 7- in Fernie at 7:30 PM
Monday March 9- in Kimberley at 7:00 PM
Tuesday March 10- in Fernie at 7:30 PM
Ghostriders in playoffs facing Golden February 16, 2015Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The Fernie Ghostriders will play the Golden Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. The teams will go 1-1 because of ice time problems. Fernie couldn’t get the ice because of the Ice Carnival and Golden has a hockey tournament. It will mean lots of travel for the players.
The Ghostriders finished up the regular season with four games last week. They won 4-3 in Creston last Tuesday then played Invermere three times in a row. They won 7-2 at home Friday, 5-4 on the road and on Sunday in Fernie lost 3-2 in OT.
The Riders used AP ‘s Dalton Bouvier, Evan Pumphrey, and Trevor Broad Sunday and Jacen Richards last Saturday.
When this was written Cole Keebler, Travis Thomsen Dan Burgess were day to day with injuries and Doan Smith was listed as indefinite.
The Riders also finished up the season second overall in the KIJHL with 78 points, Osoyoos was first with 87. This means the Ghost will have home ice advantage for the first three rounds of the playoffs… if they keep winning.
Fernie finished with a 21-2-1-2 home record and a 16-9-0-1 road record.
Golden had a 15-9-0-2 home record and a 8-15-0-3 road record.
The Ghostriders won all four games at home vs Golden but were only 1-3 in Golden.
Golden’s Head Coach and GM Ty Davidson announced that he will be leaving the team after the playoffs. Davidson was in Golden for four years but wanted to move closer to his family in Salmon Arm… it isodd that the announcement came out before the playoffs .
Kimberley will play Creston in the first round of the playoffs, they will have a nice short travel schedule that may give the winner an advantage in the second round.
Fernie Ghostriders (1) vs. Golden Rockets (4)
Game 1: Wed., Feb. 18 at Fernie
Game 2: Fri., Feb. 20 at Golden
Game 3: Sun., Feb. 22 at Fernie
Game 4: Mon., Feb. 23 at Golden
Game 5: Wed., Feb. 25 at Fernie*
Game 6: Fri., Feb. 27 at Golden*
Game 7: Sat., Feb. 28 at Fernie*
Ghostriders Win 3 Road Games December 10, 2014Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , comments closed
The Ghostriders won all three of their road games last weekend, 4-2 in Osoyoos, 5-3 in Princeton and 8-4 in Grand Forks giving them an excellent 9-4-0-1 road record.
Easily the most anticipated game in the KIJHL was last Friday night in Osoyoos. The Coyotes were, and still are, the first overall team in the league with 51 points but the Riders are right behind them with 46 points and three games in hand. Finishing first overall guarantees you home ice throughout the playoffs. The Riders home record right now is 13-0-1 so home ice is a big deal for the Riders, and every other team as well.
In Osoyoos the Coyotes were looking for revenge after losing 4-3 in overtime in Fernie back on Nov 1st and they even threw a scare into the Riders when they scored just nine seconds into the game. But there was no panic on the bench and by the end of the second period it was the Ghostriders who had battled to a hard-fought 2-1 lead. Midway through the third the Coyotes tied it up but a few minutes later Sam Plaquin from Cole Keebler and Aaron Neufeld on the power play scored what would turn out to be the game winner. Spencer Bender iced the game with an insurance goal and the Riders got an emotional 4-2 road win.
The shots were 39-35 for Osoyoos and Rider goalie Jeff Orser was named as their player of the game making several big time saves. The other goal scorers were Joel Burgess and Dylan Robertson.
On Saturday in Princeton the Riders got a 5-3 win. Justin Peers led the way with 2 goals and an assist and Doan Smith and Josh McCulloch each had a goal and 2 assists, Smith was picked as the player of the game and Tayler Sincennes also had a goal as well. Jeff Orser got his 15th win in net.
On Sunday in Grand Forks the weary Riders gave up 3 goals early in the first then scored 5 in a row and 3 in the third to win the game 8-4. Josh McCulloch and Aaron Neufeld each had 2 goals and 2 assists while Sam Plaquin and Joel Burgess had a goal and 2 assists each. Neufeld was the player of the game and Derek Georgopoulos and Spencer Bender also scored goals while Brandon Butler got the win in net.
Next up, Beaver Valley is in Fernie on Teddy Bear toss night this Saturday and on Sunday Invermere is in town and if you bring a non-perishable food item you get into the game Invermere game for a Toonie. No pressure… but I’m picking D man Dustin Watt to score the goal to release the Teddy Bears Friday, it will be his first goal.
Ghostriders Weekly Roundup November 3, 2014Posted by admin in : Fernie Ghostriders , add a comment
The Ghostriders won both of their home games last weekend, 7-2 against Golden and 4-3 in double overtime against the Osoyoos Coyotes.
When the Ghostriders won 7-2 against Golden seven different players scored the goals. Sincennes, Georgopoulos, Reid, Keebler, Burgess Plaquin and McCulloch scored.
The Osoyoos game was easily the best game this season. The teams were fairly even and the shots ended up 34-32 for the Coyotes. The Coyotes had territory through most of the overtime but were called for head contact in the double overtime (3 on 3) and that is an automatic penalty shot. Josh McCulloch didn’t waste the shot and scored his 18th of the year in just 16 games for the win. Yan, Burgess and Neufeld also scored.
The Riders got a 7-2 win against Golden and the game star was Justin Peers who had 4 A in his first game back since an injury took him out a month or so ago. Personally I would have picked Dustin Watt who fought the much larger Sean Ripley in the third after Ripley spent the entire night slashing, cross checking, charging and generally cheap shotting the Rider forwards. Apparently the coaches agreed and gave Watt the game puck.
Joel Burgess continues to score with a goal in each game and has had at least a point in his last 11 games.
Aaron Neufeld scored maybe the nicest goal in the third of the Coyote game. He deked the goalie with some nice fast hands tying the game at 3 in the third.
Jeff Orser played both games in net and was particularly good against Osoyoos. Actually all the Riders were on their games in that one. Coach Mohr said the team had a great week of practices knowing they owed Golden after losing 8-4 in Golden when seven players were out and they were going to have a showdown with the 1st place Coyotes.
Zak Kuchler got a puck in the eye in the first period on Friday and missed the rest of the weekend. Was he sleeping in the photo ? Kuchler, Cole Keebler and Spencer Bender (3 key pieces) did not play against Osoyoos but are expected back this weekend against Kimberley Creston and Princeton.
Josh McCulloch is in second place in overall actual goal scoring with 18 goals, Nitro Tyson Klingspohn has 1 more at 19 but has played 2 more games. The aforementioned Klingspohn will be here Friday.
Sam Plaquin may have been the best Ghostrider without a point in the Osoyoos game… he is also a sports writer (so that’s why, hope he don’t want to make a career out of that, you’ll starve working the little newspapers SP)
Kyle Haugo got his first point last weekend and the 16 yr old is looking more at home each game.
Derek Georgopoulos scored a snipers style of goal against Golden in the first period then after taking a huge hit in the second he got back into the play and made a nice pass to Joel Burgess who scored the Riders 6th goal. Georgopoulos had a 8 game point streak ended when he was shutout against Osoyoos.
Dave Kelly sat out Friday then got in a fight in the Osoyoos game after Tayler Sincennes was hit from behind and he also got the instigator penalty. We’re good with that here.
Smallest crowd of the year on Halloween night, bet they don’t schedule a Halloween game next yr.
Round the League
Kelowna had 2 points taken away from them by the KIJHL bosses for using a suspended player. The points were from their best game of the year when they shut out Osoyoos 5-0. The KIJHL President Bill Ohlausen told me last week that they will not be issuing a press release on that ruling. But they should in my annoying opinion.
More learn the rules
Anyway… Kelowna should have known better and the rules are very clear, but on Saturday we had proof that they aren’t the only teams who don’t bother to read or for that matter memorize, the rules. When the Osoyoos game went into double overtime (3 on 3) and the Coyotes took a penalty their coaches sent out 3 players and the Rider coaches sent out 4, just like they would have done two years ago. And the referees were on board as well and ready to drop the puck until KIJHL Vice President Phil Iddon ran down to the score clock and let them in on the the penalty shot rule that came into effect last year.
For the record, if the VP had his way the old rule of put out a 4 on 3 until the penalty is over then at the first whistle change back to 3 on 3 would still be in effect. I totally agree with the old way.
When Creston beat Kimberley in OT last week one of their players was tripped going to the net. He scored but injured the Nitro # 1 goalie Tyson Brouwer and the Kimbo fans were wild, but coach Bancks was quiet so I believe Creston when they said their player was tripped on the way to the net. Kimbo and Creston have really been going at it.
The Coaches picked Cole Keebler as their Boston Pizza Player of the Month. The Tim Horton’s Player of the Week was Dylan Robertson and the McDonald’s Practice Player of the Week was Cavin Tilsley.