The Ghostriders hosted the Golden Rockets at the Fernie Memorial Arena on Tuesday night, battling the team for the fourth time this season.
Even though the Ghostriders’ line up was sparse, the team managed a 4-2 win over the Rockets. The first line up of Cole Keebler, Zach Befus and Justin Peers was off the ice that night – Keebler and Peers due to injuries. Befus played for the first period, but was sent off the ice for fighting early in the second. This forced the secondary lineups to play more, which is something that Head Coach Craig Mohr said they did impressively well.
“There are games when other players, who may not get as much ice when everyone is healthy, have to play. And I thought as a whole, that’s a team win. Everyone had to chip in; everyone had to do a little extra,” he said after the game.
Mitch Titus was a noticeable player that night, scoring the first two goals for the Ghostriders and garnering them a two goal lead early in the game. This caused his name to be chanted by many of the young Ghostriders fans in the seats.
“Mitch steps up and bangs out the first two, it got us to a good start, it got us the lead for us and that was kind of key,” said Mohr.
The Rockets have endured a long losing streak, and this was slightly obvious in the way that they played. The team was looking to boost morale by any means, including instigating more fights.
“When you’re playing a team that hasn’t won, they’ve got to be a bit fragile,” said Mohr. “They both started of the fights, and you’ve got to defend yourself. Maybe they were down and trying to inspire their team, frustration of being down again. You’ve got to step up and protect yourself and I thought our guys did that really well.”
The Ghostriders play two games at home this weekend, facing Columbia Valley on Friday and the Kamloops Storm on Saturday. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. at the Fernie Memorial Arena.