Nitros on the brink of elimination

Dynamiters get into penalty trouble as Rockets power their way to a 3-0 series stranglehold.

The Nitros are on the brink of elimination from the KIJHL playoffs following two losses over the weekend to the Golden Rockets.

The Rockets scored seven powerplay goals and beat the Dynamiters 12-2 on Friday in Golden, and followed up with a 7-3 win on Saturday at the Civic Centre in Kimberley.

Golden is now up three games in the series, with the fourth matchup happening Monday evening in Kimberley.

The Dynamiters had a parade to the penalty box on Friday, as the Nitros gave up 16 power play opportunities, including a five-minute major infraction.

Despite the blowout, it was the Nitros that struck first less than a minute into the game, with a marker from Eric Buckley.

However, the Rockets would respond with four goals—two on the powerplay—by the end of the frame.

Golden kept up the pressure in the second period with the same results in the first—four goals, two of which were scored with the man-advantage.

The Nitros managed to get one by the end of the period, on an unassisted effort by Dylan Sibbald.

Golden’s special teams continued to rampage in the third period, as three more goals were scored on the power play, while another was a shorthanded.

The Rockets put 42 shots in total on net between Jeremy Mousseau and Matthew Mitchell, who shared duties for the game.

James Leonard stood in goal for the Rockets and turned away 29 shots.

Golden came down to Kimberley on Saturday and spoiled the Nitros’ playoff debut on home ice, skating away with a 7-3 win at the Civic Centre.

The Rockets led 5-3 after two periods, and scored another pair of goals in the final frame to prevent a Kimberley comeback.

Golden scored a trio of goals in the first period, but the Nitros responded with markers from Jason Richter and Matt Gann by the end of the opening 20 minutes.

Kimberley tied it up in the second period on a goal from Darren Martin, but the Rockets managed to add another pair of goals to regain the lead.

It was more of the same in the third period, as Golden got on the board twice to prevent the Nitros from coming back.

Mousseau and Mitchell rated duties again, collectively facing 51 shots, while Leonard turned away 23 pucks for the Rockets.

The Dynamiters face off against the Rockets for Game Four on Monday evening in Kimberley.