Nail-biting weekend for Fernie Ghostriders

Tight contest sends games against Golden Rockets, Columbia Valley Rockies into overtime

The Fernie Ghostriders kept fans on the edge of their seats on Saturday as a tightly-contested game sent the clock into double overtime.

It was right winger Brendan Nemes who finally managed to sneak one past Golden Rockets goalie Ryan Baker to make the score 3-2 and secure his team’s first win in two weeks.

Both players were named home and away stars for their efforts.

“Nemes was really good tonight, I thought he had a really good weekend and he was rewarded on that last goal,” said an elated Ghostriders Head Coach Jeff Wagner on Saturday.

“David Lenzin was a guy who really stepped up his game and controlled the play offensively.

“But I thought for the most part, it wasn’t really one guy standing out. I thought it was a really good group effort tonight, which was good to see.”

There was no scoring during the first period with Golden putting the first point on the scoreboard in the second.

Soon after, Lenzin scored Fernie’s first goal with an assist from Sebastian Iannuzzi and Kyle Ford, then Golden countered with another goal.

Nikolas Sombrowski leveled the score with the help of Ford during the third period before Nemes sealed the win.

The Ghostriders went into overtime during both games over the weekend, narrowly losing to the Columbia Valley Rockies in Invermere on Friday (3-4) before beating the Rockets in Sparwood on Saturday.

Goalscorers on Friday were Sombrowski, Lenzin and Jordan Kromm, who was named away star.

Wagner felt his team deserved a win both nights but was let down by small errors in Invermere.

“I think it’s just minor details that we’ve talked about all year – making sure that we’re taking care of our assignments, having trust in one another to win our one-on-one battles and picking up our guys who may be away from the puck, and sometimes wide open for a scoring opportunity,” he said.

“Tonight I thought we did a lot better job at that and I thought we made it pretty tough on their goalie. He played a really good game but we did what we needed to do to get an extra one by him.”

The Ghostriders are looking forward to returning to their home rink once roof truss repairs at Fernie Memorial Arena are completed.

Wagner said it brings more structure to the team, which had to do laundry at home over the weekend because of access issues.

“It was a bit of a scramble but we got it done,” he said.

“It will be nice to be back in our rink for sure.”

The Ghostriders are scheduled to play the Kimberley Dynamiters at home on Saturday, December 1, with face off at 7:30 p.m.

They’re back at home again on December 7, this time against the Spokane Braves.

Visit Fernieghostriders.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Golden Rockets goalie Ryan Baker watches as Fernie Ghostriders right winger Brendan Nemes’ goal heads for the net. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Just Posted

Fernie SAR responds to injured skier

Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated on January 27 after receiving… Continue reading

Columbia Basin Trust shuffles board, new leaders at the table

The Trust is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors

International Snow Science Workshop coming to Fernie

World leaders in the snow industry will be flocking to Fernie in… Continue reading

Teck donates land to Elkford Housing Society

The land donation ceremony took place on January 16

Fernie Hotel supports through bushfire fundraiser

Sunday Funday at The Fernie raised thousands for Australian Bushfire Relief On… Continue reading

VIDEO: Canada’s first presumptive case of coronavirus officially confirmed

Both patient and wife arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

First-place Canucks beat Blues 3-1 for ninth straight home win

Miller nets pair as Vancouver defeats Cup champs

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Police search for man who went missing from Vernon hotel

Jay Rosenberger, 38, was last seen Friday

NDP suggests easing secondary housing rules for B.C. farmland

Lana Popham proposes guest homes not just for relatives

After four sexual assaults in the same B.C. park, RCMP ask women not to walk alone

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

BC Place lights up in purple and yellow to honour Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash

Whistleblower says Iranian-Americans questioned at Peace Arch crossing were targeted

Immigration lawyer says response from Customs Border Protection is a ‘total cover up’

Most Read