The Fernie Ghostriders were suited up and back in action Wednesday (Sept. 7) for the first exhibition game of the year.
They faced off against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats at the Fernie Memorial Arena, and came out one goal short of their opponents, losing 4-5.
Creston took the first goal of the game at 2:08 into the first period, which was answered about a minute and a half later by one of Fernie’s new players, Gaege Johnson, putting the score at 1-1 for most of the rest of the period.
Creston came back with another goal with less than a minute and a half left on the first period clock, bringing the score to 1-2 moving into the second period.
Fernie’s Malachai Peigan, another new player on the roster, tied up the game at 1:33 into the second, but Creston answered with two more goals within five minutes of Peigan’s goal, bringing the score to 2-4 for Creston a third of the way into the second.
At 16:06 in the second, new Fernie player Ravnoor Randawa put the puck in the net, but Creston answered with another goal with two seconds left on the period clock.
The third period began at 3-5 for Creston, and Lucas Desjarlais, another new player on the Fernie roster, took a goal for the home team at 7:39.
No more goals were scored by either team, and the clock ran out at 4-5 for Creston.
Kane Corkle and his father Travis were at the game cheering for Fernie.
Corkle, 11, said it’s pretty sick to be back at the Memorial Arena for a Ghostriders game, and said that he comes for most matches.
“I just like the roughness and the fast play,” he said.
Corkle is really excited for the new season.
“I hope they make it to the finals,” he said.
The second exhibition game is taking place at the Fernie Memorial Arena on Friday (Sept. 9) 7:30 p.m. against the Kimberley Dynamiters.