By Sara Moulton
The Fernie Ghostriders regained their form to secure resounding back-to-back victories during the weekend of October 25 and 26, defeating Invermere 8-4 on the road before returning home to beat the Golden Rockets 4-0.
Determined to make up for losses from the previous weekend, the Ghostriders fought back and proved that they are not a team to be underestimated. Forward Cole Keebler has been consistent in delivering goals and assists throughout the season, and attributed the turnaround to a week of hard work and the leadership of team captain, Ben Primeau.
“Last weekend was a big disappointment,” said Keebler. “We had a team meeting and said that everything has to be better; we have to work harder… it started with Primeau, he didn’t stop working and everybody followed. It was a hard week of practise and (this weekend) it showed.”
The extra effort was certainly worthwhile, with Kurtis Bond (assisted by Keebler and Josh Teves) setting the tone by scoring in the first seven minutes of the game. Keebler (assisted by Cole Weber and Aaron Neufeld) contributed a goal of his own while shorthanded in the second period, followed by another by Teves (assisted by Spencer Bender and Bond) only minutes later. Joel Burgess (assisted by Dylan Robertson) scored the fourth and final goal of the night in the third period, at which time the team was again shorthanded. The Rockets sealed their fate with five minutes left in the third period, when Sean Ripley charged at the Ghostriders’ goalkeeper, Phoenix Logan-Hill, earning himself a game misconduct and leaving his side shorthanded for the remainder of the match.
Dale Hladun, Head Coach and General Manager of the Ghostriders, was impressed by the effort of the team during lead up to the weekend games.
“We worked on a lot of strategy and the boys wanted to embrace it. I think, weirdly enough, getting kicked like we did has made us a better team,” said Hladun. “Losing made us realize that we can’t just bluff our way through… (we) all have to know what to do as a unit.”
The Ghostriders will host the Rockets again at their next home game, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2.