The Fernie Ghostriders have recovered from a double loss with a 3-2 win at home against Chase Heat on Friday night.
This served as the first time this season the Ghostriders have played the team, who drove in from Chase, a small town close to Salmon Arm.
There was no scoring in the first period and the Ghostriders led the second period with a goal by Jordon Kromm, just over six minutes in.
Chase returned the heat two minutes later but Owen Titus gave the Riders their lead back with another goal two minutes later.
Chase led the third period with a power play goal just over seven minutes in and just as an overtime was becoming a reality, Riders’ captain Keelan Saworski scored the home team’s third goal with just under three minutes left in the game.
After the game, Ghostriders head coach Jeff Wagner said he thought his team performed well in some areas and not so well in others.
He says he believes the team is going through a “bit of a funk” at the moment and will continue to work on their execution.
“We grinded out a win tonight, which was nice to see but at the end of the day we’re looking for a little more effort from our group,” said Wagner.
Asked about his first impressions of Chase, Wagner said the team works hard and has a good structure to their game. He added that Chase is a younger team in the league and complimented the away coach on what he is doing with the players.
The following night, the Ghostriders travelled to Kimberley to face off against East Kootenay rival, the Dynamiters, in their first regular season game against the team. They lost 3-1.
Fernie’s only goal was scored in the second period by Nikolas Sombrowski.
The Ghostriders are back at home this Friday for a game against the Kamloops Storm. They are also at home Saturday night against the Castlegar Rebels.
Any child 10 and under who attends the Ghostriders game this Friday will go into a draw to go trick-or-treating with the Ghostriders.
Ask the ticket counter for more details.