With winter right around the corner, temperatures will likely soon drop but there’s no better time for the Fernie Ghostriders to start heating up.
Fourth place Fernie will take on divisional opponents in nine of their 11 games in December.
The Riders have at least four games in hand on the teams in front of them in the standings, but sit four points back of the third place Columbia Valley Rockies and 19 behind the top-seeded Kimberley Dynamiters.
Fernie Head Coach Craig Mohr says if they’re going to make a push, it has to start now.
Mohr suggests, at this point of the season, if they’re going to finish first or second in the standings, a strong performance in December is key.
The bench boss admits they’re approaching a hectic stretch in their schedule.
The mission starts in Kimberley Friday, Fernie’s second contest versus the Dynamiters this season.
The Riders we’re edged 5-4 by the Nitros Nov. 7.
Overall, Fernie is 4-4-1 against Eddie Mountain Opponents this season.
Coach Mohr says his team received a bit of a wake up call in Friday’s 3-1 loss at Creston Valley.
Mohr called out the players on the bus ride ride home, and focused on their pregame preparations.
He added he liked the response he saw from the group in Saturday’s convincing 7-2 win over Golden.
After a date with the Nelson Leafs Dec. 15 in Sparwood, the Ghostriders will play five straight games against divisional opponents, four of those matches will be versus teams ahead of them in the standings.
– Fernie Ghostriders Head Coach Craig Mohr