The Fernie Ghostriders are stateside Thursday taking on the Spokane Braves.
Head Coach Craig Mohr says they’re back to a full bench for the first time in over two months.
The team has been hit hard this injuries all season with top players like Keelan Saworski and Brendan Nemes going down for periods of time.
Mohr says fatigue shouldn’t be a factor now that they have 20 guys ready to play.
“They’re excited to have probably some better legs coming the last five minutes in hockey games after someone like Grayson Neufeld is probably playing over 30 minutes a game.” Mohr laughed. “I think that’s going to help late in game [so] we can shut down games here.”
Mohr explains Spokane has turned it up a notch after a slow start to the season so they have to be ready to battle.
“They’re kind of sniffing on Grand Forks’ heels to get into that last playoff spot so you [have to] be ready for that.” explains Mohr.
Spokane is three points out of a playoff spot while Fernie holds the final spot in the Eddie Mountain Division.
Fernie also recently announced 2001-born forward Ethan Jang has committed to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL Junior A League for next season.
Following Thursday’s game the Riders will stay put for a second game in Spokane the following night.
– Craig Mohr, Fernie Ghostriders Head Coach