The Fernie Ghostriders (7-12-1-2) will take on a pair of Eddie Mountain Division opponents this weekend.
The Riders are on the road taking on the Creston Valley Thunder Cats (16-7-2-1) Friday.
Goaltender Broc Merkl says keeping up with a fast paced Creston offence will be key.
“They’re a team that comes out well especially in their own barn.” says Merkl. “We have to match that pace and come out just as hard as them.”
Merkl has taken over the starting role for Fernie since Zak Larson went down with a hip injury in November.
The 1999-born netminder has posted a 3.63 goals against average and a .902 save percentage through 16 games in his rookie campaign.
“As a rookie I’m just happy doing what I’m doing.” says Merkl. “I’m just making sure I’m making the saves I need to make to keep my team in games.”
The Ghostriders return to Sparwood Saturday to host the Golden Rockets (1-22-1-2).
Elsewhere, the Kimberley Dynamiters (20-5-1-1) are home against the Thunder Cats Saturday.
The Columbia Valley Rockies (11-12-3-2) are in Golden Friday.
– Broc Merkl, Fernie Ghostriders goaltender