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Ghostriders play Kamloops Friday March 28 @ 7:30 Advance tickets @ Fernie Auto Parts- Jays Jewellers and Browns Meat Market March 28, 2008

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Riders vs Kamloops

After winning the first two games in Fernie, both 2-1 and both in overtime, the Riders traveled to Kamloops for games last Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday the Kamloops Storm won game three by that same 2-1 score but it was in regulation time. On Wednesday the Riders gave up three goals in the second period and lost 4-2.

 

 

Odds and Ends

So far this low scoring series has been all about goaltending. Storm goalie Anthony Manfredi with a 9.42 save % has been outstanding and has been named as a game star in all four games….. Rider goalie Jason Greenwell 9.17 save % has also been outstanding and was a game star in three of the games. …. Dave McIvor, who has been battling the flu has 2 goals and an assist so far in the four games….Lundy Trenaman has 2 goals and 2 assists to lead the Storm in this series……Fernie local # 17 Scotty Traverse continues to lead the KIJHL in P/O scoring with 11 goals and 10 assists…… Storm Forward # 37 Lundy Trenaman is right behind with 10 goals and 9 assists….These two teams will travel to Kamloops for game six Sunday and if there is a game seven it is here in Fernie Tuesday night @ 7:30. …..The winner of this series will go to Kimberley next Thursday – Sunday for the Cyclone Taylor Cup where the three Junior “B” Leagues in BC will compete for the Provincial Championship….. The other leagues are on the coast, the Pacific International Junior Hockey League (PIJHL) and on the Island Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) ….. The winner of the Cyclone Taylor Cup goes to the Western Canadian Championship (Keystone Cup) in Manitoba that will be hosted by the Selkirk Fishermen.

GHOSTRIDERS VS KAMLOOPS IN THE KIJHL LEAGUE FINAL SATURDAY & SUNDAY MARCH 22-23 March 21, 2008

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Riders vs Kamloops

The Ghostriders played the Kamloops Storm twice this year winning 4-1 back on September 21st in the Ghostriders first home game and winning again on November 2 in Kamloops by a 3-1 score. Dave McIvor scored 2 in those games and Jordan Reid had 4 and Joe Deluca 1. Devin Gannon was a star for the Storm in both games. The Ghostriders defeated Kamloops in the semi finals last year.

 

 

Odds and Ends

The Ghostriders haven’t seen the Storm since November and both teams have made several changes since. The biggest change Kamloops made was in net and they now have all-star goalie Anthony Manfredi back in net again….. The Ghostriders have also made changes in net. When the Riders played the Storm in September Nigel Nolan was in goal and in November Devan Hartigan was between the pipes for the Riders….. You may remember Hartigan in the last series with Beaver Valley when new Rider goalie Jason Greenwell out dueled him and sent em to the golf course…..Greenwell is at 8-5 with a 906 save %…. Lundy Trenaman 15, David Gore 15 and Jassi Sanga 14 pts. are the Storm’s top scorers in the playoffs so far. Sanga was fourth overall in the KIJHL in the regular season…..With 19 points Scott Traverse is the Top P/O scorer in the league so far….. Dave McIvor has 15 and Richard Small 13 …..Brett Lyon is right behind them with 11 pts. and had 5 goals in the last series and 2 of them were game winners, one in overtime in game 4 and 2 including the game winner in the final game.

Ghostriders win 3-2 in OT Sunday and tie series Next Home Game Wednesday @ 7:30 Advance tickes @ Fernie Auto Parts-Jays Jewellers and Browns Meat Market March 17, 2008

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Riders- Nitehawks

The Ghostriders lost the first two games in this series on the road in Beaver Valley by scores of 4-1 and 4-2. The shots were almost even in both of the games and the score was close until late in the games. Back home in the Fernie Memorial in game three the Ghostriders exploded for a 9-1 win. That game was a team effort with everyone hitting and everyone scoring. Of the 9 goals only Eil King had more than one and all the lines contributed. In game four the Ghostriders were once again the better team and had almost all the good scoring chances, had a huge territorial advantage and took advantage of the Hawk mistakes as they made them.

Odds and Ends

The shots were almost even in the first two games but in the games three and four they were almost 2-1 for the Ghostriders…. Jason Greenwell got both the wins in net and was great when he had to be but the Hawks didn’t get enough good shots for Greenwell to get named as a game star…..Even in the 3-2 OT game…..The average attendance was over a thousand in Fernie….Brett Lyon’s second goal of the game made him the overtime hero in game four, Lyon is from Grand Forks and just turned 17 in January…. Faceoff magician Ray Pressacco, who does lots of little things you don’t always notice scored his first goal in this series when he intercepted a pass through the middle in the Hawk end in game four….Robbie Shaw had 2 assists in the 3-2 OT win…. Hawk forward James Neitsch who was BV’s top scorer this year has 3 goals so far….Rider rookie defenseman Jeff Zmurchyk has been a game star in two games …. Scott Cisco is getting a point a game…..Joe DeLuca joined the sick list in game four after playing a gritty game and getting 2 assists as a forward in game three…..BV wouldn’t start game four until one of the signs the fans had put up was taken down….No one can take a joke anymore.

Next Home Games Saturday and Sunday March 15&16 @ 7:30 March 10, 2008

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The Ghostriders won their series with the Kimberley Dynamiters but it wasn’t easy. Part of the problem was that they had first place all sewed up by the last week of the regular season and then they had another easy week with the bye in the first round of the playoffs. Those two weeks with no pressure changed quickly when they walked into the second round and met up with their biggest rivals of all, the Kimberley Dynamiters, and promptly lost game one by a 5-1 score.

With all the time off the loss was not that big of a surprise and at times in that first game the Riders looked like the better team and they proved it the next night with an 8-4 win. In Kimberley in games three and four both teams took turns dominating and both teams won a game so it was back to Fernie for game five where the Dynamiters outplayed the Riders for all but the last half of the third period and walked away with a 4-2 win. The Nitros then headed back home to the Kimberley Civic Center feeling pretty good about themselves with a 3-2 series lead and a fairly convincing game five win. But it was not to be, and in game six, a do or die for the Riders, Dave McIvor decided it wasn’t a good time to die and he went out and blasted in 3 goals and had 2 assists to give the Ghost a 6-4 win. That game six road win set up a dramatic game seven back in the Fernie Memorial. When the teams came back on the ice for that last game the Ghostriders had their not so secret weapon (1140 screaming fans) and their talented Captain Scott Traverse (2 goals) on their side and they went on to a 4-2 series ending win.

This series was a very close unpredictable series that saw both teams win two games in each other’s barn with home ice not being that big of a factor until game seven and even then the game went right down to the wire with Scott Traverse’s game winner going in in the last six minutes. The fourth goal went into an empty net with just seconds left on the clock.

Odds and Ends

As the saying goes, to win your best players have to be your best players, and in this series whenever the Ghostriders won a game team Captain Scott Traverse was the best player. Traverse also lead the Riders in scoring with 9 goals and 6 assists in the seven game series and three of his goals were game winners. Dave McIvor was right behind Traverse with 5 goals and 6 assists and Richard Small also had 11 points in 7 games. Jason Greenwell played all the games for the Ghostriders in net and was unbelievable in game seven and was a big factor in all the wins. Point a game defenseman Cody Reinbold and Derek Bishop both missed time in this series but the somewhat unheralded Joe DeLuca, Brandon Stevens, Scott Anderson and Jeff Zmurchyk proved they could play the minutes and played well. Scott Cisco 7 pts. and the Riders two sixteen year olds Brett Lyon 5 pts. and Josh McEwan 1 goal all played a hard nosed style that help make the Ghostriders a harder team to play against. Kyle Chartrand, John Shaw, Ryan Hill, Jordan Reid, Robbie Shaw, and Derek Bishop and Cody Reinbold all missed games because of injuries or penalties. The Ghostriders now move on to play the tough Beaver Valley Nitehawks.