Dynamiters fall to Rockets, dispatch Posse

Nitros couldn't shut down a third-period surge from Golden, but rebound with a home win against Princeton.

The Kimberley Dynamiters split their weekend schedule, losing 7-5 on the road to the Golden Rockets, but recovering at home with a 5-4 win over the visiting Princeton Posse.

Jared Marchi and Taylor McDowell both had four-point nights in Golden on Friday, but their efforts couldn’t propel the Nitros to the win.

Backup Justin Miller got the start, making 25 saves, while Rockets goaltender Danny Todosychuk earned the win by stopping 20 shots.

It was a relatively tame affair, as Golden capitalized once in three opportunities on the power play while denying the Nitros on all three of their chances.

Both teams traded a pair of goals in the opening frame, as McDowell and Sam Nigg scored for Kimberley, while Josh Jewell and Keith Wake responded for Golden.

It was more of the same in the second frame, with Jacob Bergeron scoring twice for Golden, while Dustin Long and Marchi answered for the Nitros.

Connor Beauchemin was the third period hero for the Rockets, posting a hat trick, while the Dynamiters offence spluttered, with only Marchi finding the back of the net.

A better result awaited Kimberley in their home barn on Saturday night as they defeated the Posse 5-4.

The Nitros scored by committee as Marchi, Riley Hellekson, Connor Kutzner, Erik Buckley and Isaac Schacher all found the back of the net.

Jeremy Mousseau earned the start for Kimberley, stopping 40 shots, while Jack Burgart stood in net for the Posse, turning away 19 shots.

Marchi and Hellekson both scored in the latter half of the first period, while Kaley Boyle answered for the Posse on a power play with two minutes to go.

Kutzner and Buckley found the net in the second period, while Kyle Raymond replied for Princeton.

Riding a 4-2 lead going into the third period, Kimberley scored again when Schacher posted a goal within the opening minute.

However, the Nitros came close to blowing it by allowing Brett Perrine and Lane Erickson to answer for the Posse, but Princeton couldn’t mount a comeback, even with an extra attacker in the final minute.

After the weekend action, the Nitros are tied with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats for first place in the Eddie Mountain Division and are in a pack of five other teams tied for fifth place overall in the KIJHL.

Kimberley will have a home-and-home series with the Rockets next weekend, starting with a tilt at home in the Civic Centre on Friday before heading up to Golden on Saturday.