The Kimberley Dynamiters dug the brooms out of the closet this weekend, sweeping the Grand Forks Border Bruins in a home and home series.
Kimberley fired the first salvo on Friday night, romping to a 5-1 win on home ice before heading into enemy territory for a 5-4 win in Grand Forks on Saturday.
The Nitros picked up four points and pulled ahead of the Fernie Ghostriders for second place in the Eddie Mountain division. Creston Valley still has a sizeable lead of seven points for first place.
Tyson Brouwer stood in net for Kimberley, turning away 26 shots on Friday night, as Kimberley scored five unanswered goals for the win.
Offence came from Jared Marchi, Darren Martin, Dylan Sibbald, Jordan Busch and Tristan Pagura. Grand Forks’ lone goal came from Mitchell Pearson in the final minute of the game.
Marchi and Martin opened it up in the first period on a pair of powerplay goals, while Sibbald padded the lead with the only goal in the middle frame.
Busch and Pagura drew blood in the final 20 minutes before Pearson broke the scoreless run for Grand Forks with 55 seconds to go.
Marchi and Martin’s powerplay goals were the only ones in nine chances for Kimberley, while Grand Forks was denied on seven opportunities with the man-advantage.
Kimberley also peppered 44 shots in the direction of Border Bruins goalies Kai McDonald and Spencer Kozlowski, the latter stepping into the game after the fourth goal.
Grand Forks put up a better performance in their home barn for the rematch, but again, Kimberley built up a lead and the Border Bruins couldn’t complete the comeback.
Nitro goals came from Pagura, Marco Campanella, Brady Revie, Andrew Millar and Sibbald. Offence from the Border Bruins was provided on a pair of goals from both Connor Gross and Max Newton.
Pagura struck first in the opening period on the powerplay, and Campanella followed up with an even-strength marker 10 minutes later.
Gross got his first of the game less than 30 seconds into the second frame, but Revie answered back for the Dynamiters at the 4:59 mark.
The Border Bruins kicked off a wild third period with Newton getting his first two minutes into the action.
Miller responded for Kimberley seven minutes later, but Newton tallied again to keep it a one-goal game.
Sibbald notched his key goal on a shorthanded effort with just over three minutes remaining, and Gross potted a powerplay marker a minute later, but that would be it for the scoring as Kimberley survived the late push from Grand Forks.
Brouwer again guarded the crease for the Nitros with 31 saves while Kozlowski faced a whopping 51 shots for the Border Bruins.