The Fernie Ghostriders believe they’re playing their best hockey of the year heading into the playoffs.
Fernie picked up back-to-back wins over Golden this past weekend and came close to defeating Creston Valley on Sunday.
The Riders were down 5-1 to Creston Valley but a third period comeback fell just short in a 5-4 defeat.
Head Coach Craig Mohr says his team is a confident group.
“In the playoffs you need everyone chipping in here and there.” says Mohr. “Greg [Susinski], [Jordan Kromm] and Owen [Titus] had a fantastic game so when you can continue to get some of those unsung guys to chip some pucks in for you then it helps in a long series.”
Mohr says they want to take the energy they had in that final frame into the playoffs.
“A timely scrap [from Brant Mack] and then that kind of got the wheels going.” says Mohr. “Absolutely you can build off that last 20 minutes.”
The Riders take on the first place Kimberley Dynamiters in round one and Mohr believes they’ve got a good shot at an upset.
“We’ve got some confidence going in there.” says Mohr. “We’re not feeling too bad, our tails aren’t between our legs. A bunch of one-goal games and a couple overtime games in [Kimberley’s] rink so our focus right now is I think like most teams when you start on the road, you want to get a split.”
Five out of eight games versus Kimberley this year were decided by a single goal although the Dynamiters came out on top every time.
Mitch Titus finished the season with the team lead in points. The Riders’ captain registered 24 goals and 40 assists in 47 games which was good enough for seventh in league scoring.
The Ghostriders open the first round of playoffs in Kimberley Friday.
– Craig Mohr, Fernie Ghostriders Head Coach