The Ghostriders won both home games over the weekend, with a 5-2 win against the Spokane Braves Friday and a big 8-2 win over the Golden Rockets on Saturday. While these teams were lower than Fernie in the division standings, they give the squad much needed points in their battle with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats for second place.
“We pick up four big points on a couple of teams a bit lower in the standings that people expect us to win, but you still have to go out and do it,” said Craig Mohr, head coach and general manager of the Ghostriders. “Credit to the guys, they didn’t get cocky about who we were playing, they did what they were supposed to do, go out and get four points.”
The coach believes the team is on its winning streak due to their dedication and work. It is reflected in shots on goal and final game scores.
“I think first and foremost again, we are playing hard. Our work ethic in both games, it’s almost like it is becoming a habit for the guys so, as a coach, you start there and when you have the work ethic and the competitive level, more times than not it just works itself out,” said Mohr. “I was a little worried today, outshooting them 41 to 13 and only up three to one. But, we were just telling the guys, ‘you’re doing everything right. Goals will come in’ and sure enough, I think we just wore Brody [Nelson the Rocket’s goaltender] out. He played awesome.”
The Fernie squad has been passing and making plays successfully over the past few games.
“Right off the start, I thought our execution was on – we were sharp, we were making passes. We have been working on our entries; they have been a little sloppy as of late, so we did quite a bit of work over the mid-week practices on it. It was good to see,” said Mohr.
The game against the Rockets had a lot of penalties, amongst them was Mack Differenz’ first fight in the league.
“Mack gets in his first KIJHLA scrap which was entertaining, you never see anyone sitting down when there is a healthy scrap on the ice,” said Mohr. “They did it right in front of the benches so kudos to them.”
The Ghostriders play their closest point rival, Creston Valley Thundercats, on Thursday, and the perennial powerhouse team, the Beaver Valley Nighthawks, on Saturday. The team is getting ready for the tough upcoming games by keeping humble and disciplined.
“For us I think that we can’t get the big head. We can’t think that we are bigger than the process we are doing right now and as coaches that will be our focus in practices. We are on a little bit of a nice roll here and you have got to remember what is getting the wins for you,” said Mohr. “We are outworking teams and we have to continue to do that. That is the number one key.”
Both games will be played at the Fernie Memorial Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m.