The Kimberley Dynamiters mob captain Jason Richter after his double-OT winning goal Sunday afternoon as North Vancouver Wolf Pack goaltender Trevor Withers sits in disbelief.

The Kimberley Dynamiters mob captain Jason Richter after his double-OT winning goal Sunday afternoon as North Vancouver Wolf Pack goaltender Trevor Withers sits in disbelief.

Cyclone Taylor Cup: Dynamiters advance to Cyclone Cup final

Kimberley Dynamiters are off to the 2015 Cyclone Taylor Cup championship game following a 5-4 double-OT win over North Vancouver

MISSION, B.C. — The Kimberley Dynamiters are off to the 2015 Cyclone Taylor Cup final after a 5-4 double-overtime victory over the North Vancouver Wolf Pack Sunday afternoon.

“I actually had a couple tears in my eye,” said Dynamiters head coach Jerry Bancks. “I was so happy for them. It’s Easter. It’s a special day and good things happen to good people. I’ve got some great kids in that room. It was wonderful.”

Though the Nitros will play for B.C. Junior B supremacy Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. (PST), the trip to the championship game didn’t come easily or without consequence.

Dynamiters captain Jason Richter ended a crazy affair six seconds into three-on-three double overtime by putting a Jared March rebound past Wolf Pack goaltender Trevor Withers.

“I just saw Marchi with the puck, so I was just trying to drive the net,” Richter said. “I knew right off the hop he was going to shoot far pad or somewhere out there. I was just looking for a rebound, it came out and luckily it went in. It was kind of just relief. I didn’t really want to play much longer. I was pretty tired, so I was pretty happy to get it over and done with.”

“It feels good but we’re not satisfied yet, obviously. We want to get the win. But it’s still a great feeling knowing we’ve made it there.”

Richter’s tally ended a game that was a relatively tame 1-0 affair after 40 minutes.

The two teams combined to score seven goals in the third period and though the offensive outburst was notable, all the talk after the game was regarding Nitros forward Coy Prevost.

Midway through the final period of regulation, Prevost parked himself in front of Winters. After waving his stick at a long point shot in an attempt to redirect it past the Wolf Pack goaltender, Prevost clipped Withers’ stick, knocking it to the ice.

The backside official immediately raised his arm to signal a call against the Dynamiters.

As play was blown dead, Prevost was assessed a two-minute minor for goaltender interference, before being shown the door to the dressing room. The 17-year-old Kimberley native had been handed a game misconduct as well.

Under Section 8.7 of the B.C. Hockey Junior B Rules Supplement, “should a team be charged with a second goaltender interference penalty in the same game, the player committing the second infraction shall receive a game misconduct and a one-game suspension.”

With one fell swoop, misfortune struck both the Dynamiters and Prevost as defenceman James Jowsey had previously been tagged with a goaltender interference penalty late in the second period, meaning Prevost’s Cyclone Taylor Cup campaign was likely over.

Following the game, the play was under review by B.C. Hockey officials on site. As of 7:28 p.m. (PST) there was no verdict as to whether or not the ruling would be upheld.

After Jordan Roy opened the scoring in the first period, neither of the two teams found the back of the net until Wolf Pack forward Mitch Crisanti tied the game 1-1 less than five minutes into the third period.

That started the back-and-forth third period of play.

A mere 28 seconds later, Keenan Haase restored the one-goal lead for the Nitros, only to have that erased by Wolf Pack forward Brodyn Nielsen seven minutes later.

It only took 1:20 for Justin Meier to, once again, restore the Dynamiters one-goal lead, but Crisanti was on the scene once again to tie the game 3-3 with 4:13 remaining in regulation.

Less than two minutes after Crisanti’s second goal of the game, Jowsey had his point shot deflect up in the air. Withers couldn’t track the puck as it floated up over his head before bouncing into the net for a 4-3 Dynamiters lead.

The madness wasn’t quite done.

With Withers on the bench for the extra attacker, Wolf Pack forward Spencer Quon took a feed on the doorstep, tying the game 4-4.

“I’m not sure what lesson there would be in that [period] other than you’ve got to maintain your good mental focus,” Bancks said. “[The Wolf Pack] put some good players out there. They had eight or nine 20-year-olds that are strong and they’ve played a lot of hockey. They know how to play. We just had some little mental breakdowns, or got outmuscled a few times.

“They wanted it bad. You could tell by the tears in the handshake that they wanted it real bad. Credit to them. It was a great game and they battled hard.”

After a scoreless first period of overtime, the two teams carried on into double overtime where a determined Richter ended the crazy affair.

A penalty-filled contest saw both teams battle to 1-for-9 records on the man advantage.

Dynamiters goaltender Tyson Brouwer made 34 saves on 39 shots for the win. At the other end, Withers turned aside 32 of 37 shots.

The Dynamiters move on to face one of the Campbell River Storm or Mission City Outlaws in the Cyclone Taylor Cup final Monday.

The Dynamiters collected points in all three of their round-robin games — a 2-1 regulation win over Mission City, a 4-3 double-overtime defeat by Campbell River and Sunday’s double-overtime win — to advance to the tournament finale.

“I think we’ve definitely calmed down, we kind of know what to expect,” Richter said of his team’s progression through the tournament.

“I think we’ve calmed down quite a bit. Going into [Monday] we’ll be just as calm and we’ll definitely be ready.”

The Storm have collected five points through tournament play heading into their final game of round-robin action, while the Outlaws have two points.

A regulation win for the host Outlaws would vault them into the final, with the first tiebreak being head-to-head record between tied teams.

Anything less than a regulation win for Mission City and the Campbell River Storm move on to the Cyclone Taylor Cup final.

The North Vancouver Wolf Pack will play for the bronze medal at 11 a.m. (PST) Monday.

[PHOTOS TO COME]

Just Posted

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

Calvin Dickson photo.
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Conditions favourable for the development of thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into a Castlegar incident. File photo
Police watchdog investigating Castlegar incident

IIO: Woman sustained a reportedly self-inflicted injury

Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook.
Graduation ceremony in the works for MBSS Class of 2021

The Mount Bake Secondary School Class of 2021 will have a graduation… Continue reading

After being forced to cancel in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Wasa Triathlon is being organized for August. Bulletin file photo.
Information released for Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon scheduled for August

In 2020 the COVID pandemic forced the Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon to… Continue reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Most Read