The Dynamiters salute the crowd after a great season. J. Righton file.

The Dynamiters salute the crowd after a great season. J. Righton file.

Dynamiter’s season ends on a winning note

Playoffs begin tonight, 7 p.m. at the Kimberley Civic Centre

JOSH LOCKHART

The Kimberley Dynamiters rounded out their regular season this past weekend as they prepared for the start of the playoffs.

On Friday, the Nitros traveled to Creston to play the Thunder Cats. The Cats were ready for this game, the Nitros were not.

Even though the Nitros escaped the first with a 2-1 lead, they were out played and out shot. Goals were by Chase Gedny and Daniels.

In the second, the Cats tied the game.

The Cats then took the lead in the third period with 14:10 remaining.

Just when it seemed like the Nitros win streak would come to an end, Daniels scored his 2nd of the game with 2:22 left in the third.

In overtime, the game continued to be Brady Daniels. With the faceoff in the offensive zone, he won the draw to the right to setup Brandt Bertoia for the overtime game winner.

Adam Andersen made 22 saves for his 26th win of the season.

After the game head coach and general manager Derek Stuart felt that the team only played 23 minutes, but that the still earned the win.

The win tied the team with their franchise best point record. During the 2015-16 season, the Nitros posted 86 points.

On Saturday, the Dynamiters had a chance to set a new record, in three less games than the 2015-16 season, against the Golden Rockets.

Gedny opened the scoring, with the first periods lone goal.

Six goals rained during the second period, four for the Nitros, two for the Golden Rockets. Gedny, Spencer Kennedy, Ryan Bennett, and Keegan McDowell scored for the Nitros, while the Rockets captain scored two goals.

In the third, the Rockets captain, Dominic Turner, finished his hattrick.

But Derian Bamber sealed the game with an empty net goal for the 6-3 win.

Brett Anderson stopped 21 pucks in his 17th win of the season.

The win set a franchise record 88 points in a regular season, plus the Nitros finished the regular season on a 14-game win streak.

The Nitros now get ready for the playoffs, as they host the Golden Rockets Tuesday and Wednesday, before heading to Golden on Friday and Saturday.

Below, Keegan McDowell put together a playoff video to inspire the team.

In the six regular season meetings between the Rockets and Dynamiters, the Nitros won all six games, and outscored the Rockets 35-9.

Turner leads the Rockets offence, and was third in the league for goals scored with 38 in 43 games. On the backend, the Rockets rely on Jaden Callan (47 games, 28 points) and Terrell Vekved (37 games, 14 points), while Ryan Baker has carried the bulk of the workload, appearing in 35 games, going 16-14 and posting a 3.16 GAA.

Puck drop is 7pm at the Kimberley Civic Centre.

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