Fernie Ghostriders drop home opener

Starting the season with four consecutive road games, the Ghostriders returned to the friendly confines of Fernie Memorial Arena on Saturday evening to host the Kimberley Dynamiters in the second of back to back games.

The Fernie Ghostriders try desporately to keep the Kimberly Dynamiter’s from putting the puck in the net

Starting the season with four consecutive road games, the Ghostriders returned to the friendly confines of Fernie Memorial Arena on Saturday evening to host the Kimberley Dynamiters in the second of back to back games.

After stealing two points from their rival on Friday night the Riders suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 3 – 2 decision in the much anticipated home opener.

“You never want to lose your home opener,” head coach Will Verner said after the game. “But if you look at our schedule, starting on the road like that, we could easily be two and three right now.”

He also sees any early struggles his team has as a positive moving forward.

“We’ve got a younger group this season. And if you look at recent years we didn’t find enough about our team early on.”

Skating for the second time in less than 24 hours, both teams struggled to find their legs in the opening period. With the smoke from the pre game introductions finally cleared up, the Ghostriders opened the scoring on a late first period powerplay. Working from the point, defenseman Marty Wicks faked a slapper and found Ty Morton in the high slot who blasted a one timer over the shoulder of Kimberley goaltender Braeden Ostepchuk. The announced attendance of 617 cheered the home side off with a 1 – 0 lead at the end of one.

The pace picked up in the second period and both teams looked more crisp and determined. They would each exchange scoring chances and powerplays, until late in the period when the ice seemed to tilt in Kimberley’s favor. Rhylan Duley got the Dynamiters on the board and less than two minutes later forward Brennan Foreman gave the visiting team the lead.

Colton Vannucci added an insurance marker late in the third period and was named the game’s first star. Alex Pronchuk potted the Riders’ second powerplay goal soon after, but the determined Kimberley squad held on for the win.

Next up – the Ghostriders travel to Creston Friday night to battle the Thundercats. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.

Just Posted

GALLERY: Highlights from the 2018 Fernie Fall Fair

Local cooks and bakers show off their culinary skills; fibre artist spins a yarn

GALLERY: 2018 Fernie Chautauqua hailed best yet

About 8000 people embraced the century-old tradition in Fernie last week

Sparwood Skatepark officially opened

Locals call new skatepark a ‘priceless addition’ to Sparwood

U.S. Court upholds Teck ruling

Teck appealed a previous decision that the company must pay $8.25 million in the Tribes’ court costs

Ghostriders welcomed home

Fernie Ghostriders win 5-3 in front of a sold out crowd during home opener

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

UBCM Convention inspires City of Fernie

Cannabis legalization, policing and green innovation among topics discussed at UBCM Convention

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

Most Read