Dynamiters set to make noise this weekend

The red hot Kimberley Nitros face Castlegar and Columbia Valley on the road this Friday and Saturday.

Josh Lockhart

The Kimberley Dynamiters start off their 4-game road trip with two games this weekend. First, the Nitros head over the Kootenay Pass to Castlegar, to play the Rebels (3-4-0-0) on Friday. Then on Saturday, they return to the East Kootenays and play the Columbia Valley Rockies (1-5-0-1) in Invermere.

“Road trips are always fun — you get to bond with the guys,” said Dynamiters Captain Ryan Hozjan. “I think [that] this road trip is a good chance for us to prove that we are a good road team, having only played one game on the road so far.”

The Dynamiters only road game so far this season was in Golden, and they won that match.

The Rebels currently sit fourth in their division and are 1-1 at home. They have four players — Logan Styler, John Moeller, Ed Lindsey & Andrew Petten — averaging at least one point a game.

“Castlegar played us tough when they came here a few weeks back,” said Kimberley general manager and head coach Derek Stuart. “They have improved their team since then [and] are right in the mix of things in their division.

“It will definitely be a hard game for our players [and] a good test for us.”

The Rockies, however, are heading in a different direction in the standings. They are in last place in their division, currently on a five game losing streak, and are 1-3 at home.

But Stuart doesn’t want to focus on the standings.

“You’re never as good as your record says and you’re never as bad as your record says.

“We are the defending Kootenay Conference champions,” he said. “We have a target on our back [and] now [that we are] 6-1, I’m sure that target is a little bigger … we are most likely going to see other teams’ best games, and we need to be prepared to play our best.”

The Dynamiters want to keep the winning streak going, but don’t want to focus on it.

“It’s something we need to keep out of our minds,” Hozjan said. “Having a win streak is nice, but it’s definitely not going to be our focus this weekend.”

“Hopefully we are not thinking too much about what we have done,” Stuart agreed. “[We need to] focus more on what we have learned and on what we are going to do.

“We have a lot of confidence in our group [and] the players have a lot of confidence in themselves … if we play our game the result should take care of itself.”

Puck drop for the Castlegar game is 8 p.m, and then 7:30 p.m. in Invermere.

For up-to-date Kimberley Dynamiter information visit: www.kimberleydynamiters.net/blog. Also follow Josh on twitter @joshuaklockhart.

 

 

 

Just Posted

The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)
Latest survey shows steady decline in adolescent substance use over the years

Starting in 2002, the survey has been conducted every two years to monitor changes in substance use patterns, attitudes and behaviors amongst East Kootenay youth.

The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place.
Cranbrook Aquatic Center to close temporarily

The annual shutdown of the Aquatic Center at Western Financial Place will begin earlier than scheduled this year and does not have a defined end date at this time.

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 6 -12: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

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

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read