Nitros pull out a pair of wins in overtime

Dynamiters take things to the extra frame against Rockies and Ghostriders.

Twice is nice for the Kimberley Dynamiters.

The Nitros won in the overtime period against the Columbia Valley Rockies and Fernie Ghostriders over the weekend at scores of 5-4.

Eric Buckley was the OT hero on Friday, scoring the game winner against the Rockies, while Isaac Schacher lifted the Nitros to the win on Saturday against the Ghostriders.

Columbia Valley scored two goals in the third period to force overtime on Friday, as the Nitros led 4-2 going into the final frame.

Dylan Sibbald and Jared Marchi scored for the Nitros, with Kirk Lissel answering for the Rockies in between in the opening period on Friday.

Aaron Shubert and Buckley scored in the following frame while the Rockies responded on a marker from Jake Fardoe.

Fardoe and Brendan Burge scored in the third period to bring things to a tie and force overtime, before Buckley’s game winner and second goal of the night.

Matthew Mitchell stood in net for Kimberley, making 27 saves for the victory, while Brody Nelson manned the crease for the Rockies, with 29 saves in defeat.

The roles were reversed the following night in Fernie, as the Nitros made the comeback with Schacher winning it in OT.

Kimberley scored first on a shorthanded effort from Brett Luker, but the Riders responded with three consecutive goals—two from Anthony Gardner and one from Matt Carr.

But Marchi scored late in the period to make it a one-goal difference going into the second period.

The two teams traded goals in the middle frame; Derek Georgopoulos scoring for Fernie and Matt Gann for the Nitros.

Buckley found the equalizer in the final period, scoring just before the halfway mark to even it up and send the game into overtime.

Mitchell again stood in net for Kimberley, stopping 35 shots for the win, while Pierce Dushenko turned away 20 pucks for the loss.

The Nitros are in third place in the Eddie Mountain Division, far ahead of their closest opponent in the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, but will have a tough time catching up to the Golden Rockets.

There are five games remaining in the schedule before the KIJHL playoffs begin.

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