Dynamiters down Rebels, Rockies

The Nitros burned up the competition this weekend, with wins over the Castlegar Rebels and the Columbia Valley Rockies.

The Nitros burned up the competition this weekend, with wins over the Castlegar Rebels and the Columbia Valley Rockies.

Kimberley got it done with a 5-2 victory on home ice on Friday, as Alex Rosolowsky scored the goal that rained down toques and mittens onto the ice for Toque and Mitten toss night.

Rosolowsky added another goal later in the opening period, while Matt Reed responded for the Rebels.

The two teams traded goals in the second period, as Bryce Perpelitz tallied for the Nitros, while Seth Schmidt answered for Castlegar on a powerplay.

Kimberley’s special teams struck again, as Jared Marchi scored early in the period, and Eric Buckley collected a goal to round out the scoring.

Jeremy Mousseau earned the win in goal with 23 saves, while Kimberley peppered 27 shots on Rebels goaltender Patrick Zubick.

Both teams made each other pay on special teams; Kimberley tallied two powerplay goals in eight chances, while Castlegar capitalized twice with the man advantage with seven opportunities.

Kimberley outscored the Rockies in the final period to win 6-3 on Saturday night in Invermere.

Adam Pullman spotted the Rockies to an early lead, but Kimberley answered back in short order on a goal from Tristan Pagura.

The Nitros kept up the offence in the second period, on goals from Austin Hancherow and Bryce Perpelitz on separate powerplays.

However, Nigel Swab was able to score for the Rockies to make it a one-goal game going into the final period.

Eric Buckley lit the goal lamp early in the final frame, before Columbia Valley answered back from Racy Big Snake. However, the Nitros put it away on goals from Dylan Sibbald and Brandon Bogdanek to earn the win.

Mousseau again guarded the crease, making 19 saves for the win, while Rockies goaltender Conrad McMillan faced a shooting gallery with 38 shots.

Kimberley capitalized twice in nine chances with the man-advantage, and killed off all five Columbia Valley powerplays.

Kimberley has a tenuous grip on second place in the Eddie Mountain division, two points ahead of the Fernie Ghostriders, and nine points behind the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, which occupy first.

The Nelson Leafs and the Kamloops Storm are currently duking it out for first overall in the KIJHL.

Next action for the Dynamiters is next Friday night, when they head to Creston to face the Thunder Cats.