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Ghostriders 5 Nitros 2 December 29, 2009

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The Ghostriders defeated the Kimberley Dynamiters 5-2 in front of 1140 fans on a rare Monday night game in Fernie.

Tim Crawley ( Fridella- Werner) scored the Ghostriders first goal on the PP midway through the first but Nitro Matt Foster evened the score later on and the first ended tied at one.

The teams traded goals in the second with Foster scoring his second goal in the first minute with Mason Spear getting  the assist on that goal and on the first goal. We wanted to tell you that mostly because we think Spear is a great hockey name and he leads hit team in PIM’s. Anyway, Brendan Hawryluk -photo to the left- scored on a nice feed from Mike Wiest and Jesse Niemi to end the period tied at two.

In the third Brendan Hawryluk scored his second goal on a perfect top corner shot –from Fridella and his brother Bond. Then it was Jesse Niemi from Strachan and Boldon scoring and finally on the PP it was Bond Hawryluk scoring on an excellent feed from brother Brendan and Niemi for a 5-2 win.


The shots ended up 44-24 for the Riders but could have been a lot more lopsided if the boys could hit the net. They must have wasted 20 shots by hitting posts, boards and glass by the end of the second period alone… It took almost half of the game to find their range but Niemi and the Hawryluk’s eventually started finishing all their chances and the Nitros at the same time…. Brendan was the first star with 2 goals and an assist, Niemi the second with a goal and an assist and Bond the third with a goal and an assist….Nitro goalie Tory Caldwell got away with shoving his stick in James Werner’s face in the second period during a multi player scrum but by the third he was probably wishing he had been kicked out…Tremendous fight between Rider Zach Traverse and Nitro goal scorer Matt Foster. These guys fired enough hay-makers to feed the Budweiser Horses for the winter…For the record that was Fosters 22nd goal…. At the end of the game on a play in the corner Nitro Cory Allen hit Rider Mike Anderson with his elbow square in the back . The play was over and the hit was needless and felled Anderson. While everyone was just standing around like they were watching a card trick or something Evan Burgess (in the photo above) who has been around for a couple of years and knows better skated all the way in from the point and took a pretty good shot at the Nitro player. Thank you Evan! There was no Rider PP after the hit but it was easily worth it at this time of year and in that game situation.

Merry Christmas From The Fernie Ghostriders December 22, 2009

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The Ghostriders are set to play an Alumni Game on December 29th at the Fernie Memorial. The game will be a benefit to support former Ghostrider Mike Rouselle in his recovery from an industrial accident. The game should be an entertaining, fun match between the Riders and a team made up of Ghostrider players from the past. So far we only know of a couple of players who are confirmed in former Captains Connor Hughes and Charlie Mattersdorfer but several other former players are still in the area and will be on the ice. We will post the names as soon as we get them.

Also after the game there will be a skate with former and current players. Hot Chocolate and Hot Dogs will be made available for the skate after the game. There will be a raffle at the game and a 50-50 draw. Proceeds from the event will go to support Mike Rouselle and his family. Tickets for the event will be $5 for all.

Merry Christmas From The Fernie Ghostriders

Fernie 3 Golden 1 December 12, 2009

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The Ghostriders out shot the Golden Rockets 11-3, 12-3 and 12-8 and won their game by a 3-1 score on Friday night here in Fernie.

The Riders Brendan Hawryluk (Bond Hawryluk-Jesse Niemi) scored in the first and then again in the third (Zach Traverse-Bond Hawryluk) before Scott Anderson fired in a Darrell Bolden rebound and made the game 3-0. After that the Riders Evan Burgess took a four minute spearing penalty with about seven minutes to go but his team mates bailed him out and actually had more scoring chances than Rockets did. Brendan Mangone just missed the best chance shorthanded. This was a near perfect game for the Riders who were leading 3-0 in the last seconds of the game and had the totally frustrated Rockets down two players. But the guys were a little too concerned with scoring another goal in the last seconds and let Rocket forward Brian Busenius steal a puck and beat everyone the length of the ice to the net to ruin Jason Greenwell’s shutout, the time on the clock was 0:01.


The stars were 1st. Brendan Hawryluk with 2 goals 2nd Scott Anderson with a goal and 3rd Keanan Pattershuk with several hits and lots of aggressive play…Darrell Boldon -photo- had an assist in his first game since getting traded from Invermere and after the game when we asked him how it felt to win for a change he seemed more relieved than elated. And with a 4 and 28 record where he came from in Invermere you can see why… Mark Strachan got in a couple in his first Jr. fight against seasoned fighter Zach Baba…and Evan Burgess got in a haymaker in his battle… We hear there was lots of soul searching after blowing the shutout, but a quick look at some stats … the Riders have a ten point lead over second place Golden …the team has already clinched a playoff spot…territorially and shot wise the game was one sided… and the date is December 11th not March 11th… Lots of time to learn from mistakes.

Riders 5 Storm 2 December 6, 2009

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The Ghostriders –click on the photos for a better view-

ended a two game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the struggling Kamloops Storm last Saturday night here in Fernie.

This game started out poorly for the Ghostriders who were badly outplayed for the first ten minutes or so and were down 2-0 for awhile. Storm forward Duncan Schultz scored the first goal on a lucky deflection just 47 seconds into the game and Kamloops top scorer Bevin Ollek ( Rai-Edwards) scored their second goal a few minutes later. With the goal the Storm seemed to be in control but with about eight minutes left in the period Jesse Niemi scored a PP goal after Brendan Hawryluk outworked everyone around him and fed him the puck.

With that goal the momentum started changing and the Ghostriders gradually took over the game. The next goal was from the aforementioned Brendan Hawryluk only this time his brother Bond did all the work and Brendan scored the goal and Niemi picked up another point with an assist. The score was 2-2 after one and the shots were 14-7 for the Riders.

The second was all Fernie as James Werner -left photo-who had several chances on the night scored a nice one from Mitch Board and Jordan Hirano, then Zach Fridella sent Tim Crawley in on a breakaway for the fourth goal. Brendan Mangone had the other assist on the goal. The shots were even in this period but Fernie controled the play and had the best chances.

In the third Kamloops had a few good chances but Jason Greenwell shut the door as did Anthony Manfredi for the Storm until the last minute when the Hawryluk brothers worked the puck to Jesse Niemi for his second goal and 40th point on the season. The game ended 5-2 for the Riders then we saw-


Have the Hawryluk brothers found a trigger-man ? Jesse Niemi -left photo-played with the brothers on Saturday and scored two goals and the line teamed up for eight points and three goals…No matter who the Hawryluk’s play with they always seem to spend their time around the other team’s net, but sometimes they don’t score as much as they should with all the chances they create. Maybe Niemi who was named as the first star is the guy…Brendan Hawryluk was the third star and James Werner who could have had four or five points was the second star…Zach Fridella got away with a questionable hit in the third and was a pest to the Storm players all night with little jabs etc., he makes the Riders a harder team to play against.

And Finally

The Kamloops Storm came into this game after a 6-5 O/T loss in… Invermere… yes that’s correct, Invermere, but the Storm are shorthanded this weekend mostly because they cut-down to (I’m told 19 players) so they can bring in six new players before the end of the season. (All teams had to be down to a total of 25 players and cards on Dec. 1st) The Storm will be hosting the Keystone Cup in April so getting six new top end players to go with what they have now will make these guys a much better team that won’t lose easily. Too bad Fernie didn’t play these guys after the January 10th deadline.

Mike Weist -photo on the left- was at the game on Saturday and tells us he’s gonna play December 28 against the hated Nitros.  Next home game is Friday Dec. 1 vs Golden on Teddy Bear Toss Night.