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Ghostrider Award Winners March 23, 2010

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Most Valuable Player was # 31 Jason Greenwell
Jason is a KIJHL All-Star who played three seasons with the Ghostriders winning one KIJHL Championship and a Bronze Medal at the Cyclone Taylor. Good luck in the future Jason.

The Most Exciting Player was # 17 James Werner. Easily the most talented player the Riders had this season and he is only 19 and can play another year.

The Rookie of the Year Was Brendan Hawryluk. Brendan and his Brother Bond and whoever they played with, dominated when they were on the ice.

The Most Improved Player was Brendon Mangone. Mangone came in as a sixteenyear old kid but will leave Fernie as a seventeen year old man. Great improvment over the season !

Best Defenseman Scott Anderson Scott has played in Fernie since he was sixteen each year getting a little better and now he’s the Top Defenseman.Was nice watching you grow Scott… Good luck in the future.

Most Inspirational Player Mitch Board
A real old style player who can catch and punish even the fastest players in the league.

The Unsung Hero Award Mark Strachan
Mark isn’t in on a lot of the scoring but they don’t score on us when he’s on the ice either.. does all the little things the coaches love.

The Top Scorer Jesse NiemiJesse came to Fernie near the end of last season and led the team in scoring in the playoffs. Then this season he did it again and in the regular season. Good luck in the future Jesse !

Top Play Off Player Bond Hawryluk

Bond scored the most goals in the playoffs, when he and Brendan were on the ice this year even if they didn’t score they had control of the puck limiting any scoring chances against.

The Twenty Year Olds

Assistant Coach Shawn Potyok has just completed
his sixth season with the Fernie Ghostriders. The hockey team can not thank him enough.

Holly and Dave Buliziuk two of the most important board members. Holly looks after the money and dave looks after everything else.

Series tied at 1-1 March 13, 2010

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Nelson Leafs take game two by a 5-2 score.


The Leafs scored two in the first and three in the third for a 5-2 win in Fernie on Friday night. Leaf goal scorers were. Dane Rupert from Braeden Hikichi, – Adrian Moyls from Tyler Parfeniuk, – Chris Cucullu (unassisted), Dane Rupert from Dallon Stoddart and Gavin Currie into the empty net.

Rider goals came late in the third and came off the sticks of Darrell Boldon from Mike Wiest and Jesse Niemi from Scott Anderson and Brendan Hawryluk.

Photo- Darrell Boldon— Notes
The Nelson Leafs eliminated some of the fancy stuff and even fired the puck out of their end off the glass a few times thus eliminating several of the giveaways they were guilty of in game one. Shawn Mullin who is normally the Trail Smoke Eater’s radio guy but is doing the Fernie Nelson radio broadcast in the West Kootenays since Trail got knocked out of the playoffs, said it best, “ Nelson simplified their game”…

The stars were, 1/ Dane Rupert with two goals, 2/ Chris Cucullu with a goal and Jesse Niemi with a goal….With his goal Niemi now has 5 goals and 10 assists in ten games and leads the Riders in scoring… But he is paying a price as he took a big hit in game one and was hit hard a couple of times in game two… he dished out some nasty but can’t continue to take those type of hits in a long series…Jared Cardinal –photo to the left- got even though, he made the Leafs pay a price for touching the puck and did it several times until early in the third when he and Cody Abby had a spirited bout…Darrell Boldon scored the Riders first goal, a bullet into the top corner getting even for a sure goal he missed in game one…nicest goal was from Adrian Moyls who got the breakaway when he was released from the penalty box and scored on the backhand, it was Leaf “D” man Tyler Parfeniuk who fed him the puck… and for my money Parfeniuk, who did everything, blocking shots & passes and got the puck out of his end effectively was the Leafs best defensemanJason Greenwell made some great saves but was caught out of position the third and fourth goals… He may have to quit his third defenseman routine against these guysBrendon Mangone laid a big hit on Mike Spring in the third and seconds later Spring got him back starting another fight…. A big difference from game one as the Leafs stand up for themselves in the hit department and with a couple of fights.

Riders Keanan Patershuk and Evan Burgess were back in the lineup, Kaydon Trumbley and Mike Anderson were out as was Zach Fridella who missed both games with an injury. Fridella’s size and hostile attitude were needed and missed by the Ghostriders in game two. that’s Zach in the photo

Leafs were without Scott Jago, Sean Muller and Jarrett Burke who were out with injuries from game one.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Riders win game one 2-1


Photo – first star Matt MacDonald- The Fernie Ghostriders get a 2-1 win in game one against the Nelson Leafs. Jesse Niemi scored in the first and Mitch Board scored in the third for the Riders while Adrian Moyls scored the lone Leaf goal.

A few notes…

The Ghostriders did just what they had to in this game and that was jump on a tired Nelson Leaf team… The Leafs must have been tired coming of a seven game series with Spokane on Tuesday, then with only one day off  traveling to and playing in Fernie on Thursday…The Leafs made constant mental errors all night. They insisted on trying to beat Fernie players instead of just using the glass to get the puck out of their end and they did the same trying to get the puck past the Rider D. Their defense also let the Riders sneak in behind them allowing several breakaway’s for the Ghostriders. It was almost comical how open they got. Again, these guys must have been tired.

-photo Jesse Niemi scored shorthanded-
Billy Faust was great in the Nelson net making several great saves including an unbelievable one in the third with his toe off of a Darrell Bolden shot. The second goal Faust let in went in off a skateBut Mitch Board was deserving as he had a strong game and punished the Leafs with his hits and persistent checking… Jesse Niemi scored the Riders first goal shorthanded after making some nice moves on the Leaf D to get a shot away….

Jason Greenwell continued his great goaltending as the Leafs managed several good scoring chances. Greenwell also caught the Leafs on a terrible line change and passed the puck up to the Leaf blueline where Niemi was waiting creating yet another golden opportunity for the Riders… The Leafs ended up with a good hit on the top scorer a few seconds later.

-photo Scott Anderson-
The stars were 1/ Matt MacDonald who won faceoffs and was skating & hitting (like a 200 pounder) all night. 2/ Taylor O’Neil, had an assist and made lots of great plays for the Leafs and seemed to shake off a hard shot in the skate in the third. And the 3rd star was Scott Anderson who stood up the Leaf forwards all night. And the Leaf forwards are hard to deal with as they try to beat you constantly and are easily the most skilled group this writer has see all season. They showed more skill in the first period then we saw in the last eight games before.

On a sad note, longtime Ghostrider fan Shirley Brown passed away. Shirley and the Brown family have been Ghostrider fans and sponsors since day one. There will be a moment of silence before the game tonight.

Fernie vs Nelson– Thursday & Friday March 10, 2010

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 In round three of the KIJHL Playoffs the Ghostriders play the Nelson Leafs.. The winner of this seven game series will play the winner of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference for the KIJHL Championship either Princeton or Revelstoke.

Nelson: The Leafs have played and won two seven game series’ to get this far. Their first series was against their main rivals in
Valley and in round two they played
Spokane. The Leafs finished the
Spokane series last Tuesday in Nelson with a 7-1 win. The home team won every game. The Leafs top scorers in the playoffs so far are Brett McKinnion 12pts., 16 yr. old Braydon Sherbinin 11 pts. Gavin Currie 10 pts. 16 yr. old Gus Correale 10 pts.  Scott Jago 10 pts. and Mike Spring 10 pts. Nelson’s Billy Faust is their # 1 goalie with a 6-6 record.


Nelson finished second overall in the KIJHL with 76 points, Fernie ended up with 84. The two teams split their regular season’s games. Nelson won at home 5-1 in December and Fernie won at home 6-5 in overtime.  


Your Ghostriders : The Riders won their first two series’ in eight games straight. The first series was against Golden and series two was against Creston. Rider Coach Will Verner picked Mark Strachan, Jason Greenwell and Bond Hawryluk as the “Three Stars “ of the Creston series.


Here’s Will Verner on his Three Star Picks.
 We were able to get good efforts from all of our players throughout the series.  Greenwell was solid in net and has to be one of the stars of the series.  His stats are excellent and show how difficult it is for teams to score against our club (goals against average of 2.0 for the series and a save percentage of 92.6% and his overall record this playoff season is 8-0 with a 1.23 GAA and 95.24SV%).  Scott Anderson and Cody Boekestyn were excellent during the 2nd round.  The star of the series on the back will go to Mark Strachan.  Mark is so smart with the puck and competes so hard below the dots Creston found it very difficult to get any offensive zone pressure when Strachs was on the ice.  Upfront the usual crew of 10,28,2 were threats.  The pp was 4-4 at one point and the re-emergence of Matt MacDonald and the continued top play of Brendon Mangone was a big factor in the 4 game series.  The star up front for the 2nd round was Bond Hawryluk. 



Fernie 3 Creston 2 March 3, 2010

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Ghostriders win game two by a 3-2 score

The Fernie Ghostriders take a two game lead in the best of seven with the Creston Thunder Cats with a 3-2 win in game two. Creston’s Travis Ludwar scored the first goal but after that the Riders scored three straight and the game, unlike in game one was never really in question. Ryan Hewitt scored the second Cat goal.  Boxscores

Bond Hawryluk photo to the left- scored the first and last goal (a beauty unassisted) and made a great goal mouth pass to his brother Brendan on the second goal for the win. The twins and Jesse Niemi scored all the goals and were also named as the three stars.

NotesHardly any penalties in this game and that was for two reasons. For the most part the players who got hit did not retaliate and the referee put away his whistle. Maybe he sensed the players were just taking the hits without responding so he rewarded them and let a little holding and interference etc. go. Made for a short game…Lots of players finishing their checks in this game, # 14 Mitch Board made a million hits and generated a few good scoring chances and missed on a breakaway…Matt MacDonald is playing better since missing a pile of games but still has a way to go to get back to the level he was at a few months ago….Jared Cardinal tried all night to do what he does best but had no takers so he threw his body around and made a few good hits and even took a good one and just skated away…Jason Greenwell thought about whacking a player in his crease but stopped himself and earned his sixth playoff win in a row…The shots were almost even in game one but ended up 37-21 for the Riders on TuesdayEvan Burgess, Keanan Patershuk and Kaydon Trumbley did not play Tuesday.