The Kimberley Dynamiters split their weekend schedule, dropping a decision to the division-leading Creston Valley Thunder Cats, but recovering for an overtime win over the Fernie Ghostriders.
With the win over the Riders, the Nitros keep a tenuous hold on second place in the Eddie Mountain division, two points ahead of Fernie. The T-Cats have a nice cushion and are ahead by nine points for first.
Brandon Formosa and Trevor Hanna both notched a pair of goals to lead Creston over the Dynamiters. Alex Rosolowsky, Andrew Miller and Jared Marchi scored for Kimberley.
Creston and Kimberley were knotted at 2-2 after the first, but the Thunder Cats kept scoring, while holding the Nitros at bay.
Formosa and Hanna spotted the T-Cats to an early lead before Rosolowsky and Miller answered back for Kimberley.
Formosa and Hanna both struck in the middle frame on powerplay and shorthanded goals.
Marchi brought the Nitros within one in the third period, but Seth Schmidt and Jonathon Watt finished it off for Creston.
Tyson Brouwer took the loss in goal for Kimberley, turning away 32 shots, while Brock Lefebvre and Magnus Viberg shared shared netminding duties, collectively making 29 saves.
After the loss, the Nitros headed to Fernie to challenge the Ghostriders and nearly blew a two-goal lead to win 4-3 in overtime.
The Nitros had a 3-1 lead going into the final period, but the Riders were able to mount a comeback and tie it up to force an extra frame.
Jason Richter was the overtime hero for the Dynamiters, scoring a powerplay goal with 36 seconds left to end the game.
The two teams were knotted after one period on goals from Dylan Sibbald and Aidan Geiger. However, Kimberley pulled ahead on a pair of late goals with the man-advantage by Marchi and Darren Martin.
Fernie got back into the game with a quick powerplay goal in the third period from Josh Teves and Aaron Neufeld tied it up with 1:33 left.
Jeremy Mousseau earned the win, making 23 saves for the Nitros, while Fernie netminder Phoenix Logan-Hill turned away 24 shots.
All four of Kimberley’s goals were scored with the man-advantage, going four for six, while Fernie potted one marker in five powerplay opportunities.
Kimberley hosts the visiting Columbia Valley Rockies on Tuesday night at the Civic Centre.