The Kimberley Dynamiters suffered a setback on the weekend, losing twice in a pair of games against the Golden Rockets and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
The two losses drop the Nitros down into third place in divisional rankings—tied at 29 points with the Ghostriders—however, Fernie has a few games in hand, which gives them the edge.
Kimberley scored the opening goal against the Nitehawks on Saturday night on home ice, but then Beaver Valley responded with five unanswered goals—two of which were shorthanded—to take the 5-1 win.
Jason Richter got it done in the latter half of the first period, scoring his 14th goal of the season in front of the net on the powerplay after a great feed from Alex Rosolowsky at the point.
However, that would do it for Kimberley’s offence.
Ryan Edwards answered back for the Hawks, ripping a shot past Nitro goaltender Jeremy Mousseau 30 seconds into the second period on a shorthanded effort and Taylor Stafford put Beaver Valley in the lead at the end of the frame.
Special teams continued to hurt the Dynamiters in the third period, as Riley Brandt drew blood on another shorthanded goal and Braden Fuller scored on a Hawks powerplay.
Dan Holland capped off the scoring in the final minute to end the game at 5-1.
Mousseau had a tough night with some shots he’d probably like to have back, making 27 saves in defeat, while Grayson Sharpe turned away 24 shots for the Hawks.
Kimberley scored once in seven opportunities with the man-advantage, while Beaver Valley notched a goal in six powerplay chances.
Earlier on Friday evening, the Rockets flew over the Dynamiters for a 4-2 win in Golden.
The Rockets struck early and held the Nitros at bay for most of the game to earn the win.
Tanner Watt scored on the powerplay and Travis Kelley tallied in the final 30 seconds of the opening period for a 2-0 lead.
Tristan Pagura responded on the powerplay early in the second period, but Golden capitalized with the man-advantage on a goal from Braeden Allkins near the end of the frame.
The two teams traded goals in the final period, with Bowen Alcock striking first for Golden, while Dallin Wolf answered back for Kimberley on another powerplay goal.
Mousseau turned away 14 shots in defeat, while Rockets goaltender Brian Parsons made 26 stops.