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Ghostriders vs The Golden Rockets Saturday November 1st @ 7:30 October 30, 2008

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Ghostriders vs The Golden Rockets

The Fernie Ghostriders organization will observe a moment of silence Saturday in honor of longtime Ghostrider supporter and sponsor Jim Nicholson who passed away earlier this week. The Players Coaches and Board Members send their condolences and prayers out to the Nicholson family. Jim will be sadly missed.


Last Week
Last weekend the Ghostriders won both of their games, 4-2 at home vs Grand Forks and 4-1 in Invermere.. After the weekend Fernie was tied with Nelson for first overall in the KIJHL with 24 points.
Left Scott Anderson

 

Saturday’s Game



The Riders have played Golden twice this year, the first time they played was September 26, the Riders lost 5-4, the Ghostriders won mid October 4-3 in a shootout. Golden won both their games last weekend, 4-2 over Grand Forks Saturday and 6-5 Friday in Invermere where the fans saw the teams fire 106 shots at each other and score 11 goals before the Rockets finally won in overtime. How lucky were those fans…The Rockets top scorer is Josh MacDonald with 24 points… Former Princeton warrior Cody Southerland lead the league in penalties last year with over 500 and already has 130 this year with Golden…. Zach Baba also had hours of penalty box time last year and will likely challenge the South for the PIM Crown and a stack of comics once again this season.
Photo-Tory Caldwell-

Odds and ends

-Left-Karl Weberg– After winning both games in net last week Tory Caldwell had a 7-1 record a 93 save % and was in second place for goalies in the KIKJHL ….#15 Dave McIvor had 2 goals and 4 assists last week and after 13 games is averaging a goal a game and leads the team with 25 points. ….Meanwhile, The Karl Weberg watch continued again last week and # 22 didn’t disappoint, he scored 2 goals and added 2 assists and now has 16 points in only 7 games…. Scott Anderson returned to the lineup in Invermere last Saturday and was named first star and had 2 assists…. Speedy forward Travis Harrad made the hit of the year last Friday, the refs called a penalty but every fan in the building knew it was clean…The referees were flexing their muscles again the next night in Invermere and this time Rider Captain Scott Traverse was nailed with a gross misconduct and will miss 3 games…. Gilbert Bilodeau scored his first goal in Invermere….The KIJHL has penalized the Beaver Valley Nitehawks for playing an in-eligible player in their games of Oct.3, 4, 10 and 11. The result is a default of those four games and the loss of the eight points earned in those games. This decision was reached by the Discipline Committee as it pertains to Regulation 26 of the league constitution. All player stats for the teams involved remain unchanged
Left –Scott Traverse

Fernie vs Grand Forks Friday October 24 @ 7:30 October 23, 2008

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

 Joe DelucaChad Olson and Adam Taylor

The Ghostriders played two impressive games last weekend winning 3-2 last Friday on the road against the first place Nelson Leafs, then they shut out Creston 4-0 right here in Fernie. The Riders will play in Invermere Saturday night then next weekend face the tough Golden Rockets in a home and home series that will see the Rockets in Fernie next Saturday night. The season is still young… but with the wins last week the Riders were in first place overall in the KIJHL.

Friday’s Game

The Ghostriders won both of their games last week, the Border Bruins lost 5-3 to Castlegar and 12-2 in Beaver Valley. The Bruins will play in Golden Saturday. Their top scorers are Spencer Hodgson 13 pt. and Stefan Jensen 13pts.

Adam Taylor Photo.–Three players who felt good last week…. (1) #18 Chad Olson scored 3 goals two weeks ago then got a huge game winning goal last Friday against his old team the Nelson Leafs…. (2) Another former Leaf # 22 Karl Weberg had 2 assists in that 3-2 game….. and 3 # 4 Adam Taylor the former Thundercat warrior also scored a nice game winning goal against his former team, Creston, last Saturday…

Adam Taylor-Chad Olson

They keep getting better… Defenseman #3 Lee Klapp had 3 goals and an assist last weekend was first star vs Creston and was rock solid on the blueline as well… With a few of the older guys out for the last few games the Riders went with 5 “D” last week- youngsters Evan Burgess (16) Zach Traverse (17) and Brock Tailfeathers (18) played well and played lots and as Coach Verner says “They continue to develop on the back end.” Verner also points to speedy center Travis Harrad. “Harrad has emerged as an excellent face-off man and his line has really given our team strength up front”.

They are healing… The Riders had some injuries the last few games including , Scott Anderson, Gilbert Bilodeau, Dave McIvor, Mark Leblanc and Joe Deluca. Deluca returned last weekend and had 3 assists . Coach Verner said “It was great to have Joey back in the line up as he adds a great presence on our back end. He is so confident with the puck and very good controlling the opposition in our end”.

How many points will they end up withKarl Weberg had 4 assists last week and now has 12 points in 5 games…. Last week Captain Scott Traverse had 3 assists, was a second star in Nelson and now leads the team with 20 points…Traverse’ line mate Dave McIvor with 19 points missed a few games but should be at full speed Friday.

Goaltender Jason Greenwell has been in Trail for a few games since their goalie got hurt but Trail didn’t play so Jason was back in the Rider net last weekend doing what he does best, shutting out Creston 4-0.

Riders Play Creston Saturday October 18 @ 7:30 October 16, 2008

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008


The Ghostriders earned five of a possible six points last week starting with a 5-2 win at home vs Invermere Friday , a 5-4 shoot out loss in Revelstoke and a 4-3 shootout win in Golden Sunday afternoon. With the five points the Riders were tied for first place with the improved Golden Rockets. Golden has been a last place team for the last few years but seem to have turned it around and will be here in Fernie Saturday November 1st. Don’t want to miss this one, the Rockets have two of the smartest players in the league in Zach Baba 466 PIM with Golden last year and new goon Cody Southerland who had a league leading 518 PIM with Princeton last year. Southerland already has 105 PIM in his first 11 games this year and is right on track for another 500 by the end of the season and a guest appearance on Sesame Street. – Rider “D” Lee Klapp in photo
Saturday’s Game vs Creston
The Ghostriders go to NelsonFriday and Creston is at home to the Rockies. Creston won their home game a week ago Friday 5-2 over Spokane then lost 4-3 in a shoot out in Invermere. Cat forward Cole Yurkowski is one of the KIJHL’s top scorers with 9 goals and 20 pts. in 10 games. This is the first time these two teams have played each other in the regular season.

Odds and Ends
Rider Player of the Month Dave McIvor got hurt last Friday and missed the last couple of games and may miss this weekend…. New forward Karl Weberg had a goal and 3 assists Friday a goal and 2 assists in Revelstoke and an assist and the game winner in the shootout in Golden…Weberg is from Nelson where he played as a 17 year old, then last year at 18 he was in the BCHL (Cowachan) and was in Quesnel to start this year… Mark Leblanc had a goal in his first game but got hit by a shot and is day to day… Defenseman Joe Deluca missed last week but should be ready for Saturday’s game…Matt MacDonald and Karl Weberg scored in the last 30 seconds in Revelstoke to tie the game up and eventually get the team a point…Scott Cisco and Travis Harrad each scored their first goals last week… Former Chase Chief Tyson Bentley seems to be getting more comfortable in Fernie and had 3 assists last Friday, a goal and an assist Saturday then scored in the S/O Sunday…Former Kamloops goalie Tory Caldwell played in all three games last week replacing Jason Greenwell who went up toTrail for a few games. Greenwell won his game with the Smokies last week but may not play this weekend so he could be in a Rider uniform Saturday….

Ghostriders Play Invermere Friday October 10 @ 7:30 October 9, 2008

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Friday’s game vs Invermere will start with a moment of silence for a member of the Ghostrider family who passed away last week. Aggie Podrasky has been the voice of Ghostrider Bingo for several years and will be fondly remembered by the hockey team for all her work at Monday night Bingo.

Friday’s Game

The last time these two teams played the Ghostriders won at home 6-2 then lost the next night in Invermere 4-3. The Rockies are very undisciplined and have been accused of being a bunch of cheap shot artists. There have been several fights in the first two games between these two division rivals so far this season.
The Ghostriders played two games on the road last weekend losing a close one in Chase Friday night by a 3-2 score and winning in a shootout in Kamloops by an identical 3-2 score. The Columbia Valley Rockies also split last weekend losing 5-3 to Kimberley Friday and winning 3-1 at home vs Spokane on Saturday then hosted Kimberley last Tuesday where they won 6-3. Rockie stars Reid Mitchell with 4 points and Brett Bjorkman with 5 lead the way in that game.

Odds and Ends

Rider forward Dave McIvor continues to light it up and scored in both games last week. As of last Monday Dave was the Top Scorer in the league with 11 goals 8 assists in 9 games, McIvor had 3 goals and 2 assists in the home opener vs Invermere back in September…. Team Captain Scott Traverse is right behind with 5 goals and 9 assists…. Chad Olson was first star in Kamloops with a goal in regulation and one in the shootout….Mike Oldfield also scored in the shootout….Jason Greenwell was named as a game star in net both games last weekend… he played so well the Jr. “A” Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL brought him up for a few games. If Greenwell isn’t back Either Robin McColl or Tory Caldwell (trade from the Kamloops Storm last week) will start …..Former Calgary Buffalo Mark Leblanc was also expected to be in the lineup Friday.

Player of the Month Dave McIvorCongratulations #15 Dave McIvor

Every month each team gets a chance to nominate one of their players for the the KIHL Player of the Month Award. The league then picks the winner. With 9 goals and 8 assists in only 7 games #15 Dave McIvor was the Ghostriders nominee for the month of September and Dave won the award. Head Coach Will Verner said. “ Dave was a top offensive player throughout the 07-08 season helping lead the Ghostriders to a 2007-2008 KIJHL championship. In September Dave started where he left off as he currently leads the KIJHL with 17 points and has helped our team to a 4-2-1 start. …Despite having two players in the top five of all KIJHL scorers The Columbia Valley Rockies didn’t bother to nominate any of their players. Reid Mitchell and Brett Bjorkman who after last Tuesday are now number one and two in KIJHL scoring must be pleased.

Next Games

The Ghostriders go to Revelstoke Saturday and are in Golden on Sunday. The boys are also in Nelson next Friday then return home on Saturday October 18 to play Creston. The Rockies play Creston at home Saturday night.