Kimberley Dynamiters alternate captain Jared Marchi sports a fresh battle wound Tuesday night as the Nitros hosted the Golden Rockets. Marchi scored Kimberley’s first goal of the night and the Dynamiters came out with a resounding 6-1 victory over their Eddie Mountain Divisional rival.

Kimberley Dynamiters alternate captain Jared Marchi sports a fresh battle wound Tuesday night as the Nitros hosted the Golden Rockets. Marchi scored Kimberley’s first goal of the night and the Dynamiters came out with a resounding 6-1 victory over their Eddie Mountain Divisional rival.

KIJHL: Blast-off Buckley

Eric Buckley scored three goals to lead the Kimberley Dynamiters to a resounding victory over divisional rival Golden Tuesday night

Taylor Rocca

Fuelled by a high-flying hat-trick from buzz saw Eric Buckley, the Kimberley Dynamiters exploded for a five-goal third period to defeat the Golden Rockets 6-1 Tuesday night at the Kimberley Civic Centre.

“I changed my stick tape from white to black,” Buckley said with a laugh after the win. “I thought maybe that was going to give me some help and it did, I guess.

“I’ve been using white all year. Now I’ll use black.”

A back-and-forth affair left the two Eddie Mountain Division opponents knotted 1-1 heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation.

With Rockets defenceman Nic Noseworthy taking a two-minute timeout for slashing, Buckley parked himself on the doorstep of goaltender Magnus Viberg. The Rockets puck-stopper made an initial save on a sharp shot from Nitros captain Jason Richter, but Buckley was there to cleanup, sending the rebound past a helpless Viberg.

“I knew I had to get it upstairs,” Buckley said. “I just flicked it and it thankfully went in.”

For Buckley, it was his first goal in four games. But he wasn’t done just yet.

On the ensuing puck drop, the speedster took a long-lead pass at the Rockets blue-line from defenceman James Jowsey. With nothing but open space between himself and Viberg, the diminutive forward snapped a high shot past the glove of the bewildered Rockets netminder, who had barely had time to recover from Buckley’s previous power-play tally.

It took a mere 10 seconds for Buckley to score the game-winning marker and the insurance tally.

“That’s definitely a first,” Buckley said of his quick-strike markers. “It kind of hit me when I got on the bench. Richter hadn’t even gotten up yet from the first one. He didn’t know how I scored the second one.

Keenan Haase was a key contributor for the second game in a row, tallying two goals and an assist, all in the third period. The California native set up Buckley for the hat-trick tally with 89 seconds remaining in regulation.

Buckley, a native of Penticton, tallied his third with a snap shot that found the crossbar before ricocheting off the back of Viberg and across the line.

The hulking Haase rounded out the scoring with his second of the night only 13 seconds after Buckley’s third of the night.

In his first game since being acquired from the Summerland Steam Friday night, Braden Saretsky registered an assist, setting up linemate Jared Marchi on the Dynamiters first goal of the night.

For Viberg, it was a forgettable night as he was victimized six times on 34 shots. Not only did Buckley’s third come off a bounce, but Haase’s first of the night came off a dump in that bounced off the lively Civic Centre end wall before hitting the goaltenders skate and trickling across the line.

“I know our boards are pretty bouncy,” Haase said. “I saw it go in. It went behind the goalie and I saw his face, he just looked back and looked disappointed.

“That is the weirdest goal I’ve ever scored.”

At the other end of the rink, Tyson Brouwer did all that was required of him, stopping 30 shots for his 12th win of the campaign.

“Each game is pretty crucial,” Haase said. “I think we did what we wanted to do today. We got the two points and we’ll keep building on it and move forward from there.”

Next, the Dynamiters travel to Creston Friday to face the Thunder Cats (19-4-1-1) in another Eddie Mountain Divisional battle at the Johnny Bucyk Arena.

Just Posted

The Kimberley Aquatic Centre is set to reopen its doors to the public on July 6, after being shut down due to the pandemic in March, 2020. The Centre will be initially operating with reduced occupancy and limited program offerings. Bulletin file.
Kimberley Aquatic Centre set to re-open July 6

New safety infrastructure, limited guests and programming allow facility to open again

Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
COVID-19 case identified at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley

Interior Health is conducting contact tracing

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

Calvin Dickson photo.
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Conditions favourable for the development of thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into a Castlegar incident. File photo
Police watchdog investigating Castlegar incident

IIO: Woman sustained a reportedly self-inflicted injury

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Tulips bloom in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Day two of a full week of scheduled hearings will be heard in Federal Court today on a case involving Indigenous children unnecessarily taken into foster care by what all parties call Canada’s “broken child welfare system.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
AFN slams Ottawa for ‘heartless’ legal challenge of First Nations child compensation

2019 decision awarded $40,000 to each Indigenous child removed before 2006

Lindsay, Isla and Ethan Fischer & Maddie, Everly, Ray and Jessica Pressacc of the Tadanac Residents Association along with Aron Burke (Kootenay Savings Community Liaison) Kootenay Savings file
Kootenay Savings Foundation continues community support

The Kootenay Savings Foundation has once again handed out their twice a… Continue reading

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-month-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at the ‘hockey hub’ mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. This NHL-sized hockey rink is one of CanadaÕs largest vaccination centres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
‘Vaxxed to the max’: Feds launch Ask an Expert campaign to encourage COVID shots

Survey shows that confidence in vaccines has risen this spring

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Inquest set into 2016 death of B.C. teen after a day spent in police custody

18-year-old Jocelyn George died of heart failure in hospital after spending time in jail cell

Children’s shoes and flowers are shown after being placed outside the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ontario commits $10 million to investigate burial sites at residential schools

Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 12 locations of unmarked burial sites in Ontario

Singer-songwriter Jann Arden is pictured with a draft horse. (Canadian Horse Defence Coalition)
Jann Arden backs petition to stop ‘appalling’ live horse export, slaughter

June 14 is the International Day to End Live Export of Animals

Most Read