The Fernie Ghostriders try to tighten the gap between themselves and the Columbia Valley Rockies Tuesday night.
The Riders (7-11-1-2) are fourth in the division eight points behind the Rockies (10-12-3-2) but still have six games in hand.
Head Coach Craig Mohr says they’re starting to play better hockey lately despite two losses over the weekend.
“We’re definitely moving in the right direction.” says Mohr. “If we continue to play this hard and our work ethic is where it is [then] we’re going to start winning some of these hockey games.”
He hopes Tuesday’s match has a different outcome against a very similar opponent.
“You always look at the ladder, you don’t look at the top of the latter to begin with, you try to go rung by rung.” says Mohr. “I’m sure Columbia Valley’s looking at it going ‘Well we can stretch that lead out from Fernie’ so they’re in our windshield in front of us there and we’re going to try to keep roping them back.”
Brock Merkl continues to rise to the occasion in net with starter Zak Larson out with injury.
The rookie netminder has a 3.60 goals against average this season and a .900 save percentage.
Tuesday’s game starts at 7:30 at the Eddie Mountain Arena.
– Craig Mohr, Fernie Ghostriders Head Coach