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Nitros fall to Braves, host alumni classic

After losing in Spokane, Dynamiters head home for a celebration of team alumni and a charity hockey game.

Kimberley scored once in every period, but it wasn't enough as the Dynamiters fell 6-3 to the Braves in Spokane on Friday night.

The Braves outshot the Nitros jn every period and Justin Bonanno had a pair of goals and an assist to lead Spokane to the win.

Kimberley got offence from Bryce Nielsen, Jason Richter and Brandon Becker,  but the Braves were able to score five goals over the second and third periods to pick up the win.

Jeremy Mousseau was in net, turning away 39 shots in defeat, while Kimberley put 38 shots in the direction of Jon Manlow, who picked up the win for the Braves.

Despite the loss, Kimberley struck first from Nielsen, who scored just over 30 seconds into the game for a quick 1-0 lead.

However, Bonanno posted a powerplay goal 10 minutes later to even it up at 1-1 after the first frame.

The Braves pulled ahead on another powerplay goal a few minutes into the second period, but the Nitros answered back on a man-advantage of their own, with Richter notching his 21st goal of the season.

Hayden Boring collected Spokane's third consecutive powerplay goal just before the halfway mark of the frame for the go-ahead goal. Dillon Bogart added an even-strength marker with 3:51 remaining to double up on the lead.

Bonanno got his second of the game in quick fashion, scoring less than 30 seconds in the third period.

Becker responded for the Nitros late in the game on another powerplay goal, but there was no time left to mount a comeback as Tyler Peltram added an empty netter for Spokane at the end of the contest.

The powerplay was hot for both teams; Kimberley scored twice in six chances, while Spokane drew blood on three opportunities with the man-advantage.

Despite the lows of losing, it's safe to say everybody was having a good time on Saturday night, as the Dynamiters celebrated alumni night at the Civic Centre in Kimberley, where former players teamed mixed it up with the current edition of the team to raise money for for a local family.

Alumni such as Chad Fabro, Shane and Wayne Murray and even current assistant coaches Jeff Keiver and Todd White came out to participate in a charity game as everyone was split up into Team White and Team Blue.

And if the results matter, Team Blue won 11-7 in a high-octane scoring affair.


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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