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All the Best Top Prospects of the KIJHL In Fernie January 14, 2011

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The two teams in tonight’s game feature players from the Kootenay Conference (Fernie, Creston, Golden, Kimberley, Invermere, Castlegar, Beaver Valley, Nelson, Spokane and Grand Forks. And the Okanagan Shuswap Conference, (Revelstoke, Kamloops, Sicamous, Armstrong, Osoyoos, Kelowna, Princeton and Penticton If you follow the KIJHL standings closely you will see that the teams seem to be evenly split this season and the top four teams in each division just happen to be the top teams in the KIJHL.

Some of the Prospects of note are Fernie’s “D” Man Kade Pilton -photo- who just turned 16 in November, Rider Caoch Will Verner say’s Pilton will play in the NHL some day . Creston’s top scorer is 17 yr. old Brandon Formosa and he will play tonight . Revelstoke’s 17 year old goalie Garrett Rockafellow 11-4 is on the roster. There are lost of older players in the KIJHL but in Armstrong it’s a young Shawn Holiday who leads his team in scoring as does Penticton’s Dylan Burton . Tanner Clarkson is second on Kelowna’s stat page while Ryan Sookro is BV’s top scorer

Fernie vs Nelson this Friday @ 7:30 January 4, 2011

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Friday the Ghostriders play the Nelson Leafs from the Neil Murdoch Division. In the playoffs the winner of our division, the Eddie Mountain Division, will play the winner of the Neil Murdoch Division. Last season Nelson won their division then defeated the Ghostriders before losing to Revelstoke who ended up winning everything.

Nelson is currently in a fight with Spokane for third place , it doesn’t look like either team will be able to catch catch Beaver Valley for second place. And no one will catch Castlegar for first place in their division . Nelson’s last game was in Spokane last Sunday where the Leafs won 6-3 giving them a 6 point lead with two games in hand on the Braves.
Nelson top scorers are Gavin Currie 43pts. (Currently out with an injury) Colton Schell 31 pts. (Suspended for Friday’s game) and Joel Stewart 27 pts. In Net Darren Hogg is 11-5 and Marcus Beesley is 8-11.
The Ghostrider coaching staff picked # 8 Cale Wright as their nominee for December’s KIJHL Player of the Month. In the nine games he played in Cale scored 11 goals and added 5 assists for 16 points. The Ghostriders went 6-2-1 in December and Wright was named as a game star in three of the games…After last weekend # 9 Thomas Abenante bottom left photo was leading the KIJHL in scoring with 64 points, Scott Morisseau- top photo was right behind in second with 63 points…. a great little rivalry… Castlegar’s Ryan Aynsley was leading the KIJHL in scoring before he went to Trail of the BCHL a month ago… He wasn’t happy there and is now back in Castlegar making the Rebels a force to be recon’d with come playoff time…. Two Nelson players Fernie fans may recognize… 20 year old Joel Stewart played 2 seasons in Spokane before being traded to Nelson three months ago, he had 107 points as a Brave to go along with 400 PIM…. and Brennan Foreman was in his fourth season in Kimberley before all the coaching trouble started, when it was over and just before the coaching staff had been replaced, Foreman was traded from his hometown to Nelson . He has 25 pts. and 104 PIM… Ghostrider Zach Baba is serving a 1 game suspension tonight for a game misconduct at the end of the Invermere game… he also had a pretty good tilt with last season’s penalty minute leader Jake Halderman in that game… Former Ghostrider “D” man Zach Traverse left Fernie to go to school and is now a Saanich Brave. He has played 3 games and has 2 assists…. Andrew Walton bottom right photo- earned his first shutout as a Ghostrider last week and now has 4 on the year… Cale Wright was the Tim Horton’s Player of the week and Ty Morton scored the Subway Goal of the Week.

Riders win 2-1 against division rival Creston January 1, 2011

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The Ghostriders had lost three games in a row to the Creston Thundercats dating back to December 3rd in Fernie when the Cats won 2-1. The Riders also lost 5-4 in OT in Creston on Dec. 11 and 2-1 last Thursday in Creston. On Friday the Ghostriders, who should have had a better fate in some of those games would break out of that slump.

The Cats were in Fernie last night and the Riders dominated everywhere except on the scoreboard . They outshot them 39-18, out chanced them by the same wide margin and held the puck all night long but could only beat the game’s first star Weston Joseph twice and only won the game 2-1. The goal scorers were Cale Wright from Luke Richardson ( Richardson’s first point as a Ghostrider) and Thomas Abenante with the GW unassisted. Creston’s goal was off the stick of CJ Caputo from Dylan Solberg . The Riders had several top quality scoring chances cross bars etc. but couldn’t finish and it took a somewhat lucky goal off a wierd bounce to win. Although if you try 39 times your gonna get one in so it’s not really luck. With his game winning goal Abenante is now on top of the KIJHL in scoring with 64 points, Morisseau is in second place. Nice job guys.

Credit coach Joe Martin for Creston’s success against the Riders. His team is not nearly as skilled or as fast as the Ghostriders but he has them doing everything else right. They go after Fernie’s better players, always finish their checks, don’t pass in front of their net and play as physical as possible  “and”  everyone gets back quickly making it hard to get too many real top quality scoring chances. Exactly the way they have to play against the faster Riders.
This was the first time this writer has seen TY Morton and Luke Richardson . In Morton it looks like Fernie has an All- Star , this guy is big, doesn’t panic with the puck, can get shots through the traffic and can make moves around players to get time. A great acquisition as far as I can see. Richardson hasn’t played for a couple of months.