Nitros back on top of division

Dynamiters collect four of six points this weekend with loss to Rockets, but wins over Rockies and Nitehawks.

Nitro forward Marco Campanella evades Jerome Thorne of the Columbia Valley Rockies during KIJHL action in Kimberley on Saturday night.

Nitro forward Marco Campanella evades Jerome Thorne of the Columbia Valley Rockies during KIJHL action in Kimberley on Saturday night.

Despite a brief setback, the Nitros regained their fire, collecting four of six points over the weekend with a loss and two wins.

Kimberley lost a 4-2 decision to the Rockets in Golden on Friday, completed a comeback on Saturday to win 5-4 in overtime over the Rockies and hammered the Nitehawks 6-2 on Sunday in Fruitvale.

The four points catapulted the Nitros back on top of the Eddie Mountain division, as the Rockies had briefly pulled ahead before the weekend action.

The game against the Rockies was especially important, said Andrew Stack, who scored the game winner in overtime on Saturday night.

“Obviously Columbia Valley is in our division, so divisional games are always huge, and especially in a game like tonight—I think they had a point on us going into first place, so coming out with this win was big for us, because we want to stay on top of the division this year, for sure,” Stack said.

An abysmal third period sunk the Nitros on Friday, as Golden scored three unanswered goals to win the game.

Kimberley and Golden traded goals in the first 40 minutes; the Rockets in the first period, before Jason Richter answered in the middle frame.

Dylan Sibbald scored a shorthanded go-ahead marker for the Nitros in the final period, however, the Rockets exploded for three goals to complete a 4-2 comeback.

The Nitros completed a 5-4 OT comeback of their own on Saturday night on home ice after falling to an early two-goal deficit in the first period.

To mark breast cancer awareness month, the Nitros invited Kimberley resident Jodi Swanson to centre ice for a ceremonial puck drop to kick off the game.

The Dynamiters sparked for three goals in the middle frame, starting with Stack, who chipped home a rebound. Sibbald made good on a breakaway, going top shelf over the glove to even up the score, but then Richter scored late in the frame to put Kimberley in the lead.

“We wanted to come out flying, unfortunately we fell into a bit of penalty trouble and we kind of battled through that in the first period, then we hit the reset button going into the second, were able to gather things together,” said Stack.

“As Jerry [Bancks] said, we started with something small, tried to build on all the positives, get loud on the bench and start from there.”

Brandon Bogdanek added a powerplay goal for a 4-2 lead five minutes into the third period, however, the tide shifted late in the game.

The Rockies scored two quick goals to knot the affair at 4-4 with 5:47 remaining in the game, which eventually went to overtime.

Less than a minute into the OT frame, Kimberley came up the ice on an odd man rush, as Sibbald dished off the puck to Stack, who put it home for the win.

Bogdanek led the way on Sunday against the Nitehawks, scoring a pair of goals while Tyler Kinnon and Tyson Klingspohn added markers for a four-goal performance in the first 20 minutes.

Beaver Valley responded with two goals in the middle frame, while Kimberley drew more blood on an effort from Marco Campanella. Dynamiters defenceman Tristan Pagura rounded out the scoring in the final frame to end the game at 6-2.

Jeremy Mousseau stood in goal against the Rockets and the Nitehawks, making 17 saves in Golden and 27 stops in Beaver Valley. Tyson Brouwer manned the crease against the Rockies and stopped 19 shots.

 

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