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Monday December 29 Fernie vs Kimberley December 26, 2008

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Monday’s Game vs Kimberley

Monday night the Ghostriders face the Kimberley Dynamiters in game three of their eight game regular season series. Game four is Tuesday night at 7:30 in Kimberley. The last time these teams played was December 12& 13, Kimberley won both games 3-2 and 3-1. As it stands now the last place Nitro’s have 36 points, the fourth place Rockies 39 and the third place Riders are just a point ahead of the Rockies with 41. With the standings the way they are you can be sure both teams will have lots of motivation to win both of these games. Kimberley’s top scorers are Leo Keefer and Andrew Green and both these players were with the Nitros last year.

During the holidays the Riders acquired Cory Lester from the Dynamiters for future considerations. Lester was in his third year with the Nitros before coming to Fernie. The 19 year old from Kelowna BC had 53 points in 2007, 29 points in 41 games last year and in 26 games this year he already has 32 points. Welcome to Fernie Cory !

After the fights during the Summerland game two weeks ago several players were suspended and the Riders will be without Joe DeLuca (2 Games) Lee Kalpp and Torin Brusven along with Coach William Verner for 1 game each. The KIJHL won’t admit it, and they refused to let Rider News write about it on their league web site, but The Riders and Sting were not the only teams holding auditions for Bad Santa 2 just before Christmas. A quick look at the score sheets from around the league shows that several teams were naughty and not nice before Christmas. The most PIM’s though was Invermere (in this corner) and Revelstoke Dec.13 where one of the Grizz writers accused the Rockies starting all the action and goading their fans including children. The best was former Rider Neil Rooney who apparently, as said in the article,” knocked the teeth out of Rockies’ Tyler Spaan’s mouth”. Lots of suspensions in that one including Rockie Coach Darren Naylor getting 4 games. Rider fans see both of these rock’em sock’em robots in a couple of days here in Fernie. Neil Rooney and the Grizzlies are here on the 2nd and the suspended Naylor’s Navy on the third.

The All-Star-Top Prospects Games are on January 17th in Chase where the Ghostriders will be represented by All Star forwards Scotty Traverse, Dave McIvor, Karl Weberg and goaltender Jason Greenwell. In the Top Prospects Game the Ghostriders two 16 year olds Evan Burgess and Jordan Hirano will skate for the Ghostriders.

Ghostriders 3-Summerland 1 December 21, 2008

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Fernie Ghostriders went into the Christmas break on a winning note December 19th with a 3-1 win over the Summerland sting. There was no scoring in the first period but that was only because the Sting’s Ben Vandervies stopped 16 shots, and several were hi percentage Rider chances. Summerland had 10 ten shots of their own but Jason Greenwell only had to make a couple of good saves. -Photo Scotty Traverse

In the second rider forward Matt Woiken who was playing in his first ever Ghostrider game banged one in on a scrum in front of the net. The game was stopped for a few minutes after that as the players had to pick up the Teddy Bears that were tossed from one end of the ice to the other. Team Captain Scotty Traverse and Dave McIvor had the assists on the bear’s goal. A few minutes later Dave McIvor stole a puck and put in the top corner what would eventually be the game winner. With about eight minutes left Nick Kolodychuk scored for the Sting and the period ended with the Riders up 2-1.-photo Matt Woiken-

In the third Scotty Traverse, Joe Deluca and Torin Brusvin fought Sean Dinsmore, Morgan Krechel and Chris Fink after Dave McIvor was attacked by a bigger player and every one was kicked out. The Ghostriders went on the PK after the scrum and a couple of more times but Summerland couldn’t score. Karl Weberg from Tim Crawley and Chad Olson finally scored the insurance goal for the Riders so Lee Klapp went after Nick Kolodychuk for his cheap shot on McIvor earlier in the period.

707 Rider fans were entertained by the fireworks and Scotty Traverse, Sting forward Josh Primeau and Adam Taylor -photo- were picked a game stars. The Sting are in last place in their division but have a few pretty good players who were fun to watch and several 17 year olds with some talent.
In other Ghostrider news, Scotty Traverse, Dave McIvor and Karl Weberg are going to the All-Star game in Chase and Jordan Hirano and Evan Burgess are going to the Top Prospects game. Ghostrider coach Will Verner was also selected as the All- Star Coach-
photo Adam Taylor-

Traverse, McIvor and Weberg are stars in the KIJHL and Burgess is a fluent skating 16 year old defenseman with promise. Hirano is a late birthday and just celebrated his 16th with his skates taped and a pie in the face December 10. No one works harder than this kid and no one finishes as many checks either.
Photos- Evan Burgess & Jordan Hirano

The Ghostriders wish all the fans a Merry Christmas

Nick Kolodychuk

Riders win two and play the Nitros Friday Dec. 12 December 10, 2008

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Eddie Mountain Kootenay Conference Division has been very competitive this year and the Ghostriders, who had a decent 17-8-5 record when this was written, were only in fourth place. The team has struggled with consistency over the first half but won two important games in a row over the division leading Golden Rockets last weekend.

Rider Coach Will Verner “ This was a very important weekend for our team as we found a way to win both games without giving up any points to Golden. We are now 2 pts back of Golden and 4 pts back of Creston for the division lead. I feel we played better as the weekend went on and our 3rd period of the Saturday night game was real strong and very disciplined. This is good news as playoff hockey the teams that get better throughout the series tend to be the teams that move on to the next round. We need to maintain focus on our own situation and build off our weekend and continue to win games as the Dynamiters are surging and are unbeaten in 7 games with a record of 6-0-1 in their last 7 games.”

The Ghostriders top scorer is the dynamic twenty year old Dave McIvor who is now in his third year with the team. Last year McIvor was the top scorer and so far this year Dave has racked up 19 goals, has 45 points and has been picked as a game star in several games. Needless to say he is a fan favorite and a favorite of this writer.

Coach Verner on McIvor last weekend. “ Dave McIvor had a great weekend against Golden as he recorded 3 goals and 3 assists in the 2 game set. Along with the important goals and assists the most important play Dave made was a blocked shot late in Friday’s game where Dave looked like a Vezna winning road hockey goalie. McIvor skated well all weekend and was consistently a threat to score each time he was on the ice. It is great to see consistency in our top players and the determination they have to win each and every night.” -photo Dave McIvor-

In Golden last Friday super goon Cody Sutherland hit Karl Weberg from behind and Travis Harrad (who had just got back into the lineup after an injury) stepped up and fought him…Sutherland is 6’1” 205 with 518 PIM last year… Harrad who is only 5’7” and 140 pounds is making a pretty good case for himself to be one of the four 20 year olds on the team next year.

Will Verner. “Travis Harrad returned to the line-up briefly Friday night as his game came to an early end with a fight against Golden’s enforcer Cody Sutherland. Travis responded to a hit from behind that was followed by two cross checks to the fallen Karl Weberg. It is great to see teammates stick up for each other and even when they might be mismatched. Saturday Travis had a real good game and was instrumental in our 3rd period success as he is such a disciplined player. –photo-Travis Harrad-

This weekend the Ghostriders hook up with the hated Kimberley Dynamiters for the first time this year. The Riders and Nitros, have played a million spirited games against each other in several different leagues (five leagues that this writer has witnessed) over the last thirty five years or so and no matter what league they have played in it’s been a war with battles all over the rink. The best part is that the fans go to each others rinks and make a lot of noise and money for the clubs.

Will Verner had this to say about the upcoming series. “ We play our first of eight games against Kimberley Friday at home and it will be a good test as the Dynamiters are a fast, skilled team. Kimberley has made several changes and returned some key players back to their line-up that were out due to injury. The acquisition of Justin Talsma from the OPJHL has been a huge help to their back end and the play of Tory Caldwell has definitely helped their turn around. Leo Keefer is having an outstanding year and it looks like some of the veterans including Jesse Felske and Andrew Green are starting to play real good hockey. Our team will be ready Friday and we assume it will be a playoff atmosphere in our rink as more and more fans are coming out each weekend.

Odds and ends
The Riders scored 8 goals last weekend and Dave McIvor with 3 goals and 3 assists was in on six… Captain Scotty Traverse who was the Ghostriders nominee as the KIJHL Player of the Month for November had 2 goals and 2 assists and Karl Weberg had a goal and 3 helpers… So far Jimmy Carter has a point in all six games he has played…and scored the game winner last Saturday… Brock Tailfeathers had 2 assists last Saturday… Jason Greenwell was the 1st star Friday ,McIvor Saturday…..Gilbert Bilodeau was a game star Saturday.

-Photo- KIJHL Player of the Month Nominee Scott Traverse

And finally : Thursday December 18 the Riders play Spokane. Bring a non perishable food item to the game and get a dollar off the ticket price.
And on Friday the 18th vs Summerland it’s Teddy Bear Toss night.

Ghostriders vs Rockets Saturday Dec. 6 @ 7:30 December 3, 2008

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Saturday’s Game

The Ghostriders play the first place Golden Rockets Saturday in part two of a home and home that will start in Golden Friday night. The Ghostriders will only host Golden one more time this year and that will be February 6th. Last week Golden’s two games were at home where they surprised the first place Nelson Leafs with a 4-3 win, then they surprised last place Dynamiters Tuesday by losing 7-1 to them. The Rockets had folded a couple of years ago but a group from the community brought the team back to life and they seem to be doing very well. The revitalized Rockets had 456 fans at the Leaf game…AND… when this was written they were in first place with 41 points.

Odds and ends.

Brad Sykes was traded to the Chase Chiefs December 1st and will play this weekend….Sykes plays in Fernie again January 9th. ….AP Paul Rosler scored his first goal as a Ghostrider against Invermere Nov. 20…Jimmy Carter and Dave McIvor each scored shorthanded goals last week… 315 fans saw the Riders in Creston, 627 saw Nelson in Fernie last weekend….We can’t thank the fans enough for their supportKarl Weberg -top photo-was chosen as the Ghostriders Player of the Month for October by the Fernie Free Press… The team thanks the Free Press for their support….The Weberg Watch continues, Karl had a goal and an assist in Creston last week…. as did Scott Traverse vs Nelson… New forward Jimmy Carter continues to impress and has 7 points in 4 games….Matt MacDonald -bottom photo-continues to recover from his injury but we had no date for his return when this was written…The Ghostriders have not played their mortal enemies the Kimberley Dynamiters even once this year…. that will change Friday December 12 when the Nitros finally show their ugly faces here in Fernie for part one of a home and home that sees the Riders go to Kimberley Saturday the 13th …When this was written the last place Nitros were 9 points behind the Riders in the standings but had 3 games in hand, AND will play the Ghostriders 8 times before the end of the regular season. This is gonna be great-see you at the rink…