The Fernie Ghostriders are back in action Friday night for the first time in nearly two weeks.
The Ghostriders captain says they’re looking forward to getting back on this ice.
Mitch Titus says it felt strange not playing for over a week in the middle of October.
He explains the entire team has new energy and they want to play their hardest for the men who lost their lives in last week’s ammonia leak.
“I think we’re going to definitely go out blazing these next couple games and throughout the whole year.” says Titus. “Play with a little more motivation, we finally have a meaning to play [and] I think we lost that in the first couple weeks and we got it again.”
Teams across the KIJHL expressed their sympathies and condolences to the club during their tough time.
Titus says it meant a lot to see teams reach out.
“As competitive and as many rivalries as there are in our league and around our region I think there’s definitely some respect, there’s always respect.” explains Titus. “When you get that much fan support and not just fan support but other team support, it really makes you understand why you play hockey.”
The Riders are in Creston Friday to take on the Thunder Cats.
Fernie comes in fourth in the Eddie Mountain Division with a record of 3-6-1-1.
Creston Valley is currently sporting a 7-5-1-0 record which is good enough for the second spot in the Eddie.
Meanwhile the Kimberley Dynamiters are on the road this weekend taking on Castlegar Friday and Spokane Saturday.
The Nitros currently ride a five game winning streak.
The Columbia Valley Rockies are in Spokane Friday before heading to Grand Forks Saturday.
– Mitch Titus, Fernie Ghostriders captain