The Fernie Ghostriders found a way to win despite being heavily outshot over the weekend.
Fernie rode into Creston and came away with a 5-2 victory Friday.
This was Fernie’s first game in nearly two weeks after their arena was closed due to an ammonia leak.
Head Coach Craig Mohr says their work ethic drove them to secure the ‘W.’
“We kind of have a goal to get over 60 hits [per] game and we definitely did against Creston.” says Mohr. “I think there’s only been one game this year where we lost when we had the 60 hits or over so that’s a pretty big stat for us. We have to finish checks, we’re not a team that can go out there and play shinny.”
Goaltender Zak Larson stopped 43 of 45 Thunder Cat shots and Mohr says he was a huge factor in their return.
“There was about a seven minute stretch in the second period where they controlled the play, they had it in our end and Zak made about four or five real big saves.” says Mohr. “Sometimes in hockey goalies make big saves, it was big for us and big for him to make those saves.”
Mohr also added the Riders came into the game with more energy and motivation to win following the tragedy that struck Fernie nearly two weeks ago.
“I know they were chomping at the bit even in practices before [the game] so I think that probably gave us some [extra] motivation.” says Mohr.
Keelan Saworski continues to produce over a point per game adding another two goals in Friday’s victory.
“When you watch Keelan he’s pretty level.” explains Mohr. “He doesn’t get overly high and doesn’t get overly low and he’s putting pucks in the net, that’s for sure.”
The Ghostriders now sit at 4-6-1-1 on the season and remain fourth place in the Eddie Mountain Division.
Fernie will head to Fruitvale next weekend to play the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Saturday night.
– Craig Mohr, Fernie Ghostriders Head Coach