The Fernie Ghostriders are looking to put some ticks in the win column on the road this weekend.
The Riders will visit the Nelson Leafs Friday night before heading south of the border to take on the Spokane Braves on Saturday.
Head Coach Craig Mohr says they can’t give the opponents any extra opportunities.
“Let’s get going on offence, let’s go attack, let’s put them on the defence.” says Mohr. “That was a big thing with the Beaver Valley game, we had too many unnecessary turnovers.”
Mohr says they focused on structure in practice all week.
“Just going over our systems and locking those things down.” explains Mohr. “It was a very good week of practice for us [and that’s] usually a good sign that the troops are going to be ready to play this weekend.”
Fernie opened their season with a 3-2 double-OT loss to the Grand Forks Border Bruins and were shutout 6-0 by the Beaver Valley Nitehawks last weekend.
19-year old blue liner Tristan Downe is returning the the Riders roster after spending a few weeks at Nipawin Hawks Junior A camp in Saskatchewan.
The 6-foot defender had 11 points in 34 games with the Ghostriders last season.
Goaltender Zak Larson will be starting in net after Brandon Youngson went down with a back injury in Fruitvale last weekend.
Larson started in Grand Forks last Friday where he stopped 43 of 46 shots in the overtime defeat.
Meanwhile Columbia Valley is visiting the Castlegar Friday night after getting blown out 8-2 by the Rebels last Saturday.
Creston is in Grand Forks on Friday and will have the rest of the weekend off.
The Kimberley Dynamiters will rest up on Friday before heading to Fruitvale to take on the defending Cyclone Taylor Cup Champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Saturday.
– Craig Mohr, Fernie Ghostriders Head Coach