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Ghostriders play Nelson Saturday Nov. 29 @ 7:30 November 26, 2008

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Ghostriders vs Rockies Thursday November 20 @ 7:30 November 18, 2008

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The Ghostriders play the Columbia Valley Rockies Thursday and the boys will be out for for revenge after losing 6-4 (with an en goal) in Invermere last Friday. The story during that game was Rider Captain Scott Traverse scoring all four goals. The story after the game was that these homers picked three Rockies as game stars. Thursday will be the sixth time these two teams have played this year. The Riders hold the edge with a 3-2 record. The Rockies top scorers Brett Bjorkman and Reid Mitchell were both named as the KIJHL Players of the Month for October. Photo Scott Traverse

Earlier this week twenty year old Scott Cisco was released. Coach Verner explains. “We advised #14 Scott Cisco that we are making a change with our 20 year olds and he has decided to return home. There are several teams interested in Scott and we are hoping that he decides to continue playing hockey. We feel very fortunate to have had Scott play for our organization as he has been a tremendous individual both on the ice and in our community. Scott was a tremendous teammate and he demanded that his teammates played inspired every night. Scott was a big part of both the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 championships. We wish Scott success in his future endeavors and when his junior hockey career ends he will always be welcome as member of our Ghostrider alumni.

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Captain Scotty Traverse scored 6 of the 7 goals the Riders scored last weekend… and assisted on the other….Jason Greenwell stole the game from Castlegar stopping 40 shots and was second star…Dave McIvor had a goal and 4 assists last week and was outstanding on the road in Invermere. Coach Verner said “ Dave McIvor played one of his best games of his career on Friday night as he was all over the ice creating chances every time he was on the ice” . Brendon Mangone (93) played both games last week…Coach Verner says Sparwood’s Paul Rosler will make his Rider debut Thursday. “Rosler, a Sparwood native, played several games last year for the Columbia Valley Rockies. Paul has practiced with our club throughout the season and he is excited about his first game action. Paul will wear #25.” ….Last Saturday in Kimberley the Nitros and the Leafs were tied 0-0 at the end of the second… the Leafs lit up former Rider goalie Tory Caldwell for six in the third…. Nelson will play here Saturday November29 ….. Photo Dave McIvor

Ghostriders vs Castlegar Saturday November 15 @ 7:30 November 14, 2008

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Riders Trade Tory Caldwell November 7, 2008

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Fernie Ghostriders GM Will Verner made another adjustment to his roster this week by trading goaltender Tory Caldwell to the rival Kimberley Dynamiters for future considerations. Verner brought Caldwell to Fernie from Kamloops in the first week of October when Jason Greenwell was called up to the Jr “A” Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL. Tory was in his second season with the Storm before the trade to Fernie but in Kamloops he was playing back up to KIJHL All-Star Anthony Manfredi. In Fernie with Greenwell out of the picture for a few weeks Caldwell was given the chance to be a number one and he proved that he could shoulder the load. -Photo Tory Caldwell-

Rider Head Coach and General Manager William Verner had this to say about the Caldwell trade. “ We have traded the playing rights of Tory Caldwell, 1990, to the Kimberley Dynamiters for future considerations. We were really happy with the job Tory did for us as a starting goaltender and how he represented our team on and off the ice. We feel with Jason returning to our program from his affiliate stint in Trail we needed to move Tory to an opportunity to continue as a starting goaltender. Kimberley was very motivated to acquire Tory and the opportunity there will allow Tory to continue to develop and work towards his goals of moving up the Junior hockey ladder. With Tory moving on we have acquired the CHA playing rights of Brady Berisoff, 1990, from the Nelson Leafs for future considerations. This is Brady’s second season in the KIJHL and so far this year he has a record of 6-1 with a GAA of 3.31 and a save % of 88.24.” -Photo Jason Greenwell-

In other Rider news, promising rookie forward Matt MacDonald was cruising along very well with 18 points in 14 games before he was injured a couple of weeks ago and #8 will now miss several games. Coach Verner “ Matt MacDonald has returned to Calgary to re-hab his upper-body injury and he will return to Fernie in early December to start skating with our team. We expect Matt to make a return to the line-up near the end of December or early into the new year.”
Photo- Matt MacDonald

Riders win in a S/O and lose in O/T November 2, 2008

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Ghostriders get 3 points on the weekend

Chad OlsonScott Traverse

The Ghostriders got three of a possible four points in a home and home battle with the hard checking Golden Rockets last weekend. The Riders had a 2-1 shootout win in Golden Friday night in a game that saw Chad Olson (photo) score in regulation then again in the shootout that featured a total of fourteen players firing shots at Rider goalie Tory Caldwell and Rocket goalie Jesse Kallechy. Only Olson could beat the great goaltending . Corbin Weston scored the lone Rocket goal in regulation.

Photo-Jason Greenwell —On Saturday in Fernie the Ghostriders came out slow and were down 2-0 in the last couple of minutes of the second before Karl Weberg decided to turn it on and skate through the checking and score the Riders first goal. In the third the Riders Brad Sykes and Mark Leblanc combined with Travis Harrad to steal the puck in the Golden end and tie the game at two. A few minutes later Rocket Cody Cringan gave Golden the lead but defenceman Lee Klapp tied the game with a shot from the point with just a minute thirty five left on the clock to give the Riders a point. Golden’s Devin Dunlop scored the O/T winner on a screen shot from the blue line.

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Karl Weberg
had a goal and an assist Saturday but in the last half of the game could have had two or three goals…. The same could be said for Dave McIvor who had 2 assists but missed several pretty good scoring chances….The underrated Travis Harrad scored a goal Saturday and was very effective all night….The Riders signed Brad Sykes last week and the 18 year old from Calgary seems to be a pretty good all around player who had an assist on a game tying goal Saturday and another assist on the only goal Friday… Goaltender Jason Greenwell is back in Fernie after being called up to Trail of the BCHL a few weeks ago when the Smokies #1 got hurt, Jason only got the start in one game but he won it…. AP’s Geoff Doka and Josh McSkimming played Saturday because….The Riders were without Evan Burgess, Matt MacDonald, Brock Tailfeathers, Scott Cisco, and their Captain Scott Traverse on Saturday. All with injuries except for Traverse who was suspended October 25 in Invermere with what was at first a Gross Misconduct penalty but a couple of days later the sorcerer, I mean ref, mysteriously turned a Gross into a Match just in time for Halloween. Now a Gross can be anything from verbal abuse to spitting but a Match Penalty is almost always blatant, and everyone in the rink knows there’s been an attempt to injure, but no one seems to be able to say exactly what Traverse did… Anyway, Traverse, who didn’t make his team shorthanded with a Gross but would have for 5 minutes with a Match, will return to action this week in Spokane. Fernie fans -will see him at home Saturday November 15 vs Castlegar.