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Rebels 5 Riders 2 November 29, 2009

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With a 5-2 win on Saturday night in Fernie the Castlegar Rebels ended the Fernie Ghostriders ten game win streak, but the Riders still have an eight point lead on the Rockets for first place.

No scoring in the first period in this game and the shots were 8-7 for the Riders but the Rebels seemed to have an edge in territory.

The second period was much more fun to watch with four goals scored and more shots, posts and cross bars.. Spencer Brodt PP scored first for the Rebels then Brendan Hawryluk (Garneau-Board) evened it up fifteen seconds later for the Riders. James Werner -photo-scored the goal of the game on the PP at 7:52 after skating through some Rebel defenders and around the net before firing in a beauty.

A few minutes later on a Rebel PP Rider goalie Jason Greenwell took a hard slap-shot right in the head that had him staggering. But the referee who was just a few feet away and saw the shot to the head for some reason decided not to stop the play, and a few seconds later the Rebels scored. Greenwell then went down for five minutes or so. It was unbelievable that the referee would watch a goalie take a puck in the head then watch him stagger around and not stop the play. Guess a player’s health isn’t as important as a regular season Jr. “B” game anymore. Maybe he wanted him to lay down and thrash around like a soccer player. Anyway, Joel Robinson scored the game tying goal and Fernie had a 13-11 edge in shots.

The third period saw Castlegar take over the score sheet with three even strength goals by Ross Gyurkovits, Tyler Robinson and Ryan Aynsley. The Ghostriders had some pretty good chances to score themselves and had a 15-8 advantage in shots but couldn’t beat Andrew Walton.

With a 5-2 win and a handful of pretty good players the Rebels showed why they are one of the better teams in the league. And with a goal and two assists Ryan Aynsley showed why he is the top scorer in the KIJHL. Not as flashy as I thought he might be, but he can score em. Mitch Board and the Hawryluk brothers had the most chances for the Riders but could only score once. The Ghostriders were able to compete with the Rebels but could not finish the chances they created and really missed their injured top scorers Jesse Niemi (hurt the night before in Creston when he was checked into an open door at the rider bench) and Matt MacDonald who won’t play for yet another few weeks. Evan Burgess -photo-and Mike Wiest on the blueline would’ve made a difference too. You can play some teams without your top guys and still win but with a team like Castlegar that has some touch around the net and are able to move up the ice quickly the Riders need a full roster, especially if they would meet these guys in the playoffs.

Next up the Nelson Leafs in Nelson on Friday and Kamloops at home here in Fernie next Saturday. For the record Nelson beat Kamloops 4-0 in Kamloops on Saturday but lost 7-1 to Chase on Friday. Kamloops also lost to Revelstoke 4-3 in O/T on Friday. The schedule says the Golden Rockets will host Creston at 6:00 today. Are you kidding me, don’t those knot-heads know about the Grey Cup ? How many go to that game? Good luck you Saskatchewan water-melon heads.

Ghostriders play Castlegar Saturday @7:30 November 26, 2009

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Saturday’s Opponent

After winning 8-3 at home against the slumping Spokane Braves last Sunday the Castlegar Rebels with 34 points were tied with the Nelson Leafs for second just two points behind the first place Braves. The Rebels are 8-2 in their last ten games and they play in the Neil Murdoch Division that features four of the best teams in the KIJHL, Nelson, Beaver Valley, Spokane and Castlegar. Ryan Aynsley with 22 goals in 25 games and 42 points is not only the Rebels’ top scorer he is now the KIJHL’s top dog. Andrew Walton is their # 1 goalie with a 13-7 record and their Captain is former Ghostrider Gilbert Bilodeau who was traded there in September because Fernie had too many twenty year old players. The Rebels GM and Head Coach is Brent Heaven.

For the record

The Murdoch Division’s first place Spokane Braves are 4-5-0-1 in their last ten games and their top scorer Joel Stewart who was leading the KIJHL for weeks is slipping in the standings, just like his team. They lost here in Fernie by a 9-1 score on Nov. 6. See the standings here

What some of the fans are thinking.

It’s about  f*&*#*  time we had a team from that division here. To many times the games here in Fernie are all but over after two periods. (see And Finally) That’s not good for the fans and it’s especially not good for players who need to play more playoff style of games where they go into the third with lots of pressure and the game still on the line.


Fernie only plays Castlegar twice this season, the Ghostriders lost 3-0 in Castlegar October 10th… We should see #10 Jesse Niemi -photo- and Head Coach Will Verner back on the bench this weekend, they are back after serving three game suspensions for incidents at the end of the game November 14 vs Kimberley…The Ghostriders added Evan Burgess’ older brother Brett (90) to help out on the blueline…. And in net eighteen year old Joel Miller is now a Ghostrider goalie…So far he has played two games vs Invermere winning 7-1 and 8-2…. The Rebels play in Invermere on Friday while Fernie plays in Creston… Advantage Rebels.

And Finally

The Ghostriders played in Invermere Monday night and won convincingly, the score was 8-2 and # 17 James Werner -photo- lead the way racking up four goals and an assist…James was also the Coaches’ pick as the Tim Hortons Player of the Week….So far the Riders have out scored the Rockies 57-10 in the six games they have played….Huge weekend coming up next week for our boys, they play in Nelson on Friday night, suffer the long bus ride home, then will host the Kamloops Storm on Saturday December 5th.

War Zone November 17, 2009

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The Ghostriders played two games vs Kimberley last weekend and won both games by 2-1 scores. All accounts say Kimberley’s goalies were great as the Riders out shot and out chanced the Nitros in both games. Even the Kimberley announcers were surprised at the territorial advantage the Ghostriders had. But it all boils down to the fact the Riders could only beat Tory Caldwell twice on Friday and Mike Smith two times on Saturday.

Here is Coach Will Verner on the weekend series with Kimberley.

Verner ”It was a good weekend for our hockey club with getting 4 points and extending our winning streak to 6 games. The wins came at a loss of one of our top scorers Matt MacDonald as he will be out anywhere from 7 – 10 weeks. We play Kimberley 5 more times with the next home meeting on December 28. It looks like the rivalry is once again renewed. We felt we carried the play but give Kimberley credit as they continued to pressure and had chances in both games to tie the score. We have played them 4 times now with two scores 2-1, one tie at 2-2 and one 3-2 victory. Our final two home matches against Kimberley will be January 2 and January 8 with all home games starting at 7:30pm.


Well as Verner says it looks like the rivalry is heating up, much to the delight of the writers and fans. However, it was so hot  last week that the Ghostriders will be without their top two scorer’s this weekend.

Jesse Niemi was given a Gross for allegedly spraying water at the Nitros at the end of the Kimberley game last Saturday. ..That usually means three games… And the Riders will also be without Matt MacDonald -photo-
who was given a cheap shot by Nitro Trevor Grier in that same game.…On the broadcast our Fernie announcers (who are doing a great job by the way) said that MacDonald was targeted as a retaliation because Zach Fridella had previously rocked Nitro Ryan Georgeopoulas out of the game earlier…Kimberlay coach Kevin MacKay says the Georgeopoulas hit wasn’t an accident and said his player spent the night in the hospital with a concussion and possible broken jaw….Great to see the rivalry get hot again boys, but lets keep all the cheap stuff in Walmart…# 17 James Werner is arguably one of the most talented players on the Ghostrider roster but has been hot and cold all year and has had trouble fighting through the tight checking…But Werner’s hot now though he had a goal and an assist vs Spokane and scored both game winners vs Kimberley in the 2-1 home and away games last week….The Coaches picked Jason Greenwell who had a shutout and three wins in his last four games as their Tim Horton’s Player of the Week….Goaltender Jarvis Bender has been released by the Ghostriders and Coach verner is trying to find him a place to play.

Anderson Riders POM- Golden Tuesday Nov 10th November 10, 2009

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Scott Anderson is the Ghostriders nominee for the KIJHL Player of the Month

The Fernie Ghostriders Player of the Month for October is #6 Scott Anderson. Scott is in his 5th season with the Riders as he was apart of both the 2007 and 2008 KIJHL championship teams. During the month of October Scott recorded 6 assists in 9 games and currently sits 2nd in scoring for all KIJHL dmen with 18 points. Scott is matched against the oppositions top line each and every game.

Tuseday’s Opponent
The Ghostriders play the Golden Rockets tonight for only the third time this season. The first game was in Golden where the Rockets won 2-1 the second game was in Fernie where the Riders won 4-1.  Golden has slipped a bit since the last time they were here when they were in first place, they are now in second four points behind the Ghostriders and with out their top scorer Spencer Pommells who moved up to Jr. “A”.  The Rockets won their last game at home over the Dynamiters by a 5-4 score.
Last weekend the Riders won both of their games, 9-1 against
Spokane and 12 -5 against the Columbia Valley Rockies