The Fernie Ghostriders are opening their season on a long road trip beginning tonight in Grand Forks.
The Riders took two of three against the Bruins last season although all three games were decided by a single goal.
Head Coach Craig Mohr expects tonight’s game to be just as close.
“They’re usually a pretty big, physical, hard-nosed hockey team that you’re not going to find any room on the ice without a body being [lied] on you.” says Mohr.
Mohr says the rookies have done a tremendous job through camp adjusting to a new style of hockey.
“I’m surprised that they’re as comfortable as they are playing at a junior level coming straight out of some midget and that .” says Mohr. “That might be a surprise too as much as anything.”
The Riders split their four exhibition games (2-2-0) while the Border Bruins went undefeated (2-0-3).
Fernie will head to Fruitvale following Friday’s game to take on the defending Cyclone Taylor Cup Champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
Meanwhile the Kimberley Dynamiters are home to Columbia Valley Friday night while Creston is stateside to take on Spokane.
Friday’s game between the Fernie Ghostriders and Grand Forks Border Bruins will be broadcasted live on 99.1 The Drive and online here.
– Craig Mohr, Fernie Ghostriders Head Coach