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Nitros defeat Lakers 4-3 in OT

Kimberley roars back with a trio of third-period goals to force the overtime frame.

The Kimberley Dynamiters snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-3 OT victory over the visiting Penticton Lakers on Saturday night at the Civic Centre.

Isaac Schacher was the overtime hero who scored after the Nitros erased a three-goal deficit in the third period to force the extra frame.

Jeremy Mousseau made 38 saves in goal for Kimberley, while Stephen Yesavage turned away 23 pucks in defeat for the Lakers.

Penticton scored a single marker in each period, starting with Kevin Warwick in the first frame, Ryan Carson in the second, and Christian Brandt in the third.

However, the Nitros sparked after that, and Connor Kutzner, Erick Buckley and Jason Richter scored consecutive goals to pull things even by the end of the game.

It was a parade to the penalty box for the Nitros, as the Lakers had nine powerplays, converting twice on the goals from Warwick and Carson.

Kimberley failed to make good on their only powerplay of the game in the opening period.

The Lakers, which is coached by Robert Dirk, came through on a four game road trip through the Kootenays and surrounding Okanagan region.

Dirk, a former professional hockey player who appeared in 406 career games with five NHL teams, is the father of current Kootenay Ice defenceman Jagger Dirk.

The Lakers were recently sold and will fold at the end of the season to relocate to 100 Mile House and become the Wranglers.

The Nitros will be back at it on Friday to host the Columbia Valley Rockies, before heading to Fernie for a tilt with the Ghostriders on Saturday.

Trevor Crawley

About the Author: Trevor Crawley

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