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Riders play Sicamous Jan 30 & Kimberley Jan 31 January 28, 2009

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Monday, January 26, 2009

The Ghostriders play the Sicamouse Eagles Friday night for the second and last time this year. The Riders played Sicamous on the road November 22 and won 4-3. Brady Berrisoff got the win in net while Scott Traverse and former Rider Jimmy Carter each scored short handed goals. Sicamous is currently in second place in their Division and are well ahead of Chase, Revelstoke, Princeton and Summerland but are too far back to catch Kamloops (who will be in Fernie Feb. 14) for first place. With 23 goals and 41 points 19 year old Aaron Buat is the Eagles’ leading scorer.

We are only a few weeks away from the playoffs and after last weekend the Ghostriders were tied with Golden for second but still have a shot at first. Coach Will Verner had this to say about how the team has played lately and where they are now.
Will Verner “ In our last 7 games we have a record of 5-0-2 and we have only given up 12 goals in that span. We currently sit in 3rd place league wide when you look at goals against and are 8th in goals for with an average of 3.4 goals per game or a total of 121 goals scored this season. We currently have the 4th best winning percentage in the league as we have won 65.5% of our matches. We trail Nelson 84.9%, Kamloops 72.4% and Creston 71.4%.
Next Coach Verner talks about making the playoffs and even taking a run at first place.

Verner “We have to continue winning to stay in the mix and focus on what we can control. With 10 games left we need 7 points to clinch a playoff spot. (A win by our team and or a loss by CV will help us get to this magic number of 7) It definitely looks like it is going to be a tight battle for playoff positioning and at this point it looks like Creston has a bit of a strong hold on 1st place with their 3 wins this past weekend. Head to head match-ups will definitely help us get back into the race and if we can find a way to continue our streak we will give ourselves a chance to battle for 1st place on the final weekend of the year. Spots 2 through 4 are wide open. It is definitely better to start at home and have home ice advantage especially if a series goes 7 games. There is no better feeling than to win game 7 at home in front of 1140 fans.

As far as injuries go Verner had this to say “ We have a few bumps and bruises at this point in the season but nothing too serious. We have already started to sit players out for rest and preventative rehabilitation and we will continue to do this down the stretch. This not only allows our players time to recover but it allows our other players to gain valuable experience before the playoff start. All 22 players should be ready to play this weekend.”

The Ghostriders also signed forward Jessi Niemi last week. Coach Verner “ Jesse Niemi is from Salmon Arm and did not play last season. He has spent the last year and a half working and playing recreational hockey. Jesse played Midget AAA in Salmon Arm and attended the BC Best Ever Program. Each day Jesse gets closer and closer and we feel we are ahead of schedule as we did not think he would suit up for a game until early February.”

Saturday’s Game vs Kimberley

The Ghostriders start a series of divisional games featuring Kimberley Saturday Golden next Friday, Creston next Saturday then again in Creston on Tuesday February 10. The games in the last month will determine the playoff match ups. The last time the Riders played Kimberley was January 30 in Kimberley where the Ghostriders lost 5-3 in a fight filled game that was called in the last minute because of the Kimberley fans. So far the Nitros have won 3 of the eight game series this year. Their top scorers are Leo Keefer and Andrew Green, both players played there last season. photo Keelan Edwards

Odds and Ends

In other news, with 3 goals and an assist last weekend Dave McIvor had a 6 game point streak going into this weekend…. Karl Weberg scored a shorthanded goal and had 3 assists last week…Keelan Edwards scored his first goal in a Rider uniform vs Princeton and was the third star vs Spokane…857 fans at the game last Saturday, the Ghostriders thank you…Good to see Tim Crawley, Travis Harrad and Adam Taylor help out McIvor who had 2 goals in the 5-2 win over Spokane… And lastly but certainly not leastlyBrady Berisoff had both wins in net to go along with an assist last weekend and now has a great 10-2 record… photo Brady Berisoff-

Evan Burgess played four games in four nights with the Merritt Centenials of the BCHL this past weekend. In the four matches against Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Victoria and Cowichan, Evan recorded 4 assists and was named the second star against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Riders play Spokane Thurs, Princeton on Fri Jan 23 January 20, 2009

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Thursday’s game against Spokane is a make up game from December 18 when a snow storm hit Spokane and the Braves couldn’t even get out of town, let alone get to Fernie. Spokane is currently in fourth place in the Kootenay Conference of the Neil Murdoch division and are 3-6-1 in their last ten games. The Braves’ Connor Olstad represented his team in the All- Star Game last week and Dylan Tappe, Tyler Mort, Chase Wharton and Mike Smith played in the Prospects Game. The Braves last game was in Beaver Valley where they lost a close one 2-1. A foot note to that game was BV’s 16 year old Zak Majkowski picking up 37 PIM in one stoppage of play. What will he do at 17 ? -photo Karl Weberg-


the Ghostriders play will the Princeton Posse for the second time this season, the first game was played in Princeton September 13 where the Riders won 7-3. The Posse are battling it out with Revelstoke for fifth place in their division but only because they were penalized 7 points earlier in the season for using an ineligible player. There was no malice or chicanery on the Posse’s part, it was just that one of their players wasn’t properly registered and was ruled ineligible. This is an easy thing to have happen as the KIJHL does not double check player cards like they do in other leagues. And Princeton isn’t the only team to make this mistake, Beaver Valley lost 8 points in October for the same thing. Posse Coach Dale Hladun was suspended 8 games for the infraction but should be on the bench Friday. -photo Matt Woiken-

Odds and Ends
The Ghostriders lost 3-2 in a shoot out to Creston last week…. Lee Klapp and Dave McIvor scored the goals and goaltender Jason Greenwell got the Riders a point in the standings…. Chad Olson scored the lone goal in the shootout…With an assist in that game # 14 Matt Woiken has 6 points in his last 3 games….”D” Man Gilbert Bilodeau was the second star…937 fans at the Creston game… 375 at the All-Star Game…Number 22 Karl Weberg had an assist on both goals vs. Creston then followed it up with a goal and an assist in the All- Star Game…. Also in the All Star Game were, Jason Greenwell (won his period in net 2-1) Scott Traverse and Dave McIvor (1assist). They played for the Neil Murdoch Division in a 7-6 thriller that the Neil Murdoch Division won…. Jordan Hirano and Evan Burgess played in the Top Prospects Game where the Neil Murdoch Division also won, 3-2…. For the sweep…Former Rider “Rookie of the Year” 06-07- Trevor Hertz played in Quesnel for the last two years but was traded at the deadline to the first place Victoria Grizzlies of the BCHL, Hertz, who turned 19 in October, had 4 points in his first 4 games in Victoria…. In the first intermission on Friday the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life “ team will be on the ice for a five minute presentation. Please welcome these great volunteers. –photo Trevor Hertz-

Ghostriders vs Creston this Friday January 16 January 15, 2009

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Friday night the Ghostriders play the Creston Thunder Cats. After their game last Sunday Creston was in 2nd place and have a 4-3-3 record in their last ten games. . The last time these teams played was November 21 in Creston where the Ghostriders won 2-1. Casey Silverson was the Cat nominee for the December Player of the Month and 20 year old Cole Yurkowski with 71 points is the KIJHL’s top scorer.

Creston played 3 games last weekend losing in 5-4 in O/T to Kimberley, winning 11-6 over Chase then losing 6-1 in Spokane. The Thunder Cats were out shot 46-19 in Spokane, we are telling you this because next Thursday Spokane will be here in Fernie playing a make up game from December 18 when the roads were bad. The Ghostriders won both of their games last weekend and now have a three game winning streak going and are 6-3-1 in their last ten games. Dave McIvor was the Ghostriders nominee for the KIJHL Player of the Month for December. McIvor was last nominated in September and was the winner.

Last Saturday the Ghostriders went to Invermere where they squeaked out a 2-1 win over the now last place Rockies. Goaltender Brady Berisoff got the start in net and he stoned the Rockies by stopping 31shots for his 8th win of the year. Matt Woiken had another strong game scoring both Rider goals in the first period. Radio announcer Grant Sigaty gave Scott Anderson and Brady Berisoff the nod as Rider game stars but as usual in Invermere, no matter how well any Rider plays, these homers give all the game stars to their players.
Good Luck Jason Greenwell, Dave McIvor, Karl Weberg and Scott Traverse Saturday night in the All-Star Game. And the same to our two 16 year olds Evan Burgess and Jordan Hirano in the Top Prospects game.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tailfeathers up, Carter out.

Ghostrider Coach Will Verner made a couple of moves at the January 10th deadline. The first move was a move up for #10 Brock Tailfeathers. Coach Verner “Brock Tail Feathers has moved up the ladder to the Junior ‘A’ ranks. On Thursday, Jan 8 we released Brock to the Fort Frances Jr. Sabers of the SIJHL. We wish Brock all the best and thank him for his contributions to the Fernie Ghostriders and the Fernie community”.

It now seems that the Jimmy Carter experiment has failed. Last year at the Cyclone Taylor Cup Carter was playing with Victoria where his speed and hand skills were second to none. That prompted the Ghostriders to try and get him here in Fernie. They were successful and Carter played his first game on the 21st of November where he had 2 assists in a 2-1 win in Creston. Everything seemed to be working out, #26 had 9 points in his first 6 games and was a factor and game star in those games. Then the wheels fell off. Zero points in his last four games and an especially weak effort in his last game. Carter was never happy in Fernie and only played to his potential when he felt like it. He also wanted to play at the Jr”A” level so he was moved to back to the MJHL with the Dauphin Kings Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club.

With two open roster spots there is still a chance to pick up two more players. Verner says “We currently have 21 signed players and we have two open cards. We are allowed to sign any player 1991 to 1989 that is not currently registered with hockey Canada”.

Ghostriders Play Chase Friday @ 7:30 January 8, 2009

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Friday’s Game Vs Chase

The Ghostriders play the Chase Chiefs of the Okanagan Division this Friday @ 7:30. After last weekend the Chiefs were tied with 39 points for second place in their division with the Sicamous Eagles and are 5-4-1 in their last 10. The Chiefs were a first year expansion team last year and only missed the playoffs by a point but they have a good shot at making the post season this year. Chase won their last game 5-4 in overtime last Saturday against the aforementioned Eagles. Former Rider Brad Sykes is now playing for Chase, he wears # 17… The Chiefs have a tough schedule this weekend; they’re in Fernie Friday, in Creston Saturday and in Beaver Valley Sunday. Casey Patterson is their top scorer and Brandon Mistal with 10 goals and 27 points is their top 16 year old.

Photo-Tyson Bentley-


Odds and ends
Rider forward Tyson Bentley Scored the lone Rider goal vs. Revelstoke then scored two more and added 2 assists the next night in the Rockies game….Bentley was acquired from Chase back in September where he had 28 points last season. So far this year he has 12 goals and 30 points…. With a goal and an assist last weekend Rider forward Dave McIvor with 54 points was number five in KIJHL scoring after the weekend… Rider fans will see the top scorer, Creston’s Cole Yurkowski with 64 pts, here in Fernie next Friday… Lots of Jr. “A” interest in sixteen year old defenseman Evan Burgess, looks like he’s a sure thing to move up next year….. Defenseman Torin Brusven -middle photo-
(88) came to Fernie late in November after not playing at all this year. Torin got off to a slow start but has his legs now and at 6’ 3” 205 pounds he’s arguably the Ghostriders most effective “D” manMatt MacDonald who missed a couple of months with an injury is being eased back in the lineup and last week and played parts of of one game. ..The Ghostriders played most of their road games earlier in the season and now have only one road game in January, and that’s Saturday night in Invermere…Last Friday, Kamloops, one of the best -teams in the league, visited Grand Forks, only 101 fans showed up, 770 were here watching the Riders play Revelstoke. We thank you for your support….Between the 50/50 money and a top up from the Ghostrider organization last Friday, $ 1000 went to the families of the Sparwood avalanche victims. -photo Evan Burgess-

And just this week the Ghostriders have added another coach to their staff. Former 16 year NHLveteran Steve Konowalchuk will be on the bench Friday and for the rest of the season. How lucky are the Ghostriders

Riders Play Revelstoke and Invermere this Friday and Saturday January 2, 2009

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Friday’s Game VS Revelstoke
The Ghostriders play the Revelstoke Grizzlies Friday for the last time in the regular season. The Riders almost played Revelstoke in the playoffs last year but the Grizz lost in game seven against Kamloops. The last time these teams played was at the start of the season in Revelstoke where the Riders lost 5-4 in a shootout. Revelstoke is in a playoff position now but only because Princeton lost points for playing an in-eligible player. The Grizzlies have not played since -photo Scott Anderson – December 19 when they lost 3-2 to Sicamous.

After winning 5-3 here in Fernie against Kimberley last Monday ( the game was a sellout with 1140) the Riders lost 5-3 in Kimberley Tuesday night. This game was called in the last minute because Kimberley’s little puke fans were throwing everything they could find at the Rider bench including a cup of piss from the safety of the stands. There were about 100 fans and 2 security. Kimberley is here in Fernie January 31st. Mark it down on your calendar.

Saturday’s Game vs Invermere

The Rockies haven’t played since December 17th when they lost 5-3 to Revelstoke in a war that resulted in several suspensions. The KIJHL tries to hide some of the suspensions so we can’t tell you exactly who is suspended but we know their coach Darrin Naylor got 4 games. The Rockies have 1212 team penalty minutes. (Riders 1037) The Rockies were right in the mix for a first place finish a month ago but choked and lost all their games in December. They now find themselves just a point ahead of the last place Dynamiters and have allowed the most goals against in the division at 130. The Riders and Rockies last played November 20 here in Fernie where the Rockies won 5-4 in -photo Scotty Traverse- a shootout. Rockies top scorers are Reid Mitchell, Brett Bjorkman and from California Jason Diehl.

Odds and ends
The game in Kimberley last Tuesday was tied at 3 in the third when Karl Weberg was hauled down with no penalty on a play that eventually resulted in Kimberley scoring the game winning goal…This non call changed the whole outcome of the game and eventually started a war…. as usual, Weberg, who this writer thinks is one of the premiere players in the league, had points in both Nitro games, -photo Keelan Edwards- he scored the first goal Monday and had 2 assists TuesdayScotty Traverse vs. Kimberley: 2 goals 2 assists and a first star. Dave McIvor vs. Kimberley 1 goal 3 assists and a game star in both games…These two guys were the best players on the ice in both gamesJason Greenwell had win # 12 in net here last Monday and … New Rider forward #20 Keelan Edwards -Photo- had his first point Tuesday in Kimberley …Tyson Bentley has had points in 3 of the four Kimberley games this year and had a goal and an assist Tuesday ….Defensemen Torin Brusven and Adam Taylor each had a point vs. Kimberley meanwhile top scoring”D” man Joe DeLuca -photo- has finished his suspension and should be in the lineup tonight …Scott Anderson scored a goal in Kimberley and seems to have recovered from an injury that cost him several games…Former Nitro -Corey Lester has decided not to play in Fernie, we’re not sure where the 19 year old will play now.