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Creston thunders past Nitros in standings

Dynamiters drop a pair of games against division rivals in home and home series.

It was deja vu for the Kimberley Dynamiters on Saturday night, as they lost 5-2 to the visiting Creston Valley Thundercats.

The night before, they dropped their first game of the home and home series in Creston by the very same score.

Creston scored four goals during the third period in Kimberley—three of them on the powerplay—to pull ahead to a 5-2 victory in hostile territory.

Nitro goaltender Jeremy Mousseau turned away 24 shots, while the Dynamiters put 23 shots on T-Cats goalie Brock Lefebvre.

Kimberley jumped ahead to a first-period lead on  a goal from Bryce Perpelitz, but Logan Styler responded in the middle frame on one of Creston's four powerplay markers.

Kimberley jumped ahead early in the third period on a goal from Dylan Sibbald, but then the penalty trouble began.

Styler got his second goal of the game with the man-advantage to tie it up, and Trevor Hanna put Creston ahead a few minutes later.

Colby Livingstone and Brandon Formosa both capitalized on powerplay goals by the end of the period.

The T-Cats were deadly on special teams, with four goals in eight opportunities, while shutting out the Nitros on seven of their chances with the man-advantage.

Earlier, on Friday night, Creston scored a quick pair of deflating goals in the third period to end a possible comeback from the Kimberley squad.

The T-Cats drew blood first on a shorthanded goal from Marcel Fuchs, and then went to work on the powerplay in the second period, as Hanna doubled the lead.

The Nitros responded just over a minute later on a goal from Brandon Bogdanek, but Formosa restored the two goal lead shortly after on another powerplay effort.

Bogdanek scored his second of the game with the man-advantage early in the third period to pull the Dynamiters within one, however, Creston stayed on the attack.

Tyler Podgorenko and Hanna both scored two quick goals at the halfway mark to put the game out of reach for Kimberley.

Tyson Brouwer stood in goal for the Dynamiters, making 31 saves in defeat, while Lefebvre manned the crease for Creston, making 25 stops.

With the pair of wins, Creston Valley jumps up into first place in the Eddie Mountain Division, while dropping the Nitros to third in a tie with the Fernie Ghostriders. Fernie has a pair of games in hand, therefore, they take second place honours—for now.

NOTES: The Nelson Leafs, 17 games into the season, still haven't lost a game in regulation (15-0-1-1), and sit on top of the KIJHL standings.


Trevor Crawley

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Trevor Crawley has been a reporter with the Cranbrook Townsman and Black Press in various roles since 2011.
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