Nitros split weekend with Rockies, Rockets

Dynamiters fall to Rockies, burn Rockets on home ice.

The Nitros split their weekend action with a road loss to the Rockies, but remain undefeated in their home barn with a 6-3 win over the visiting Rockets.

After defeating the Rockies in a mid-week game last Wednesday, the Nitros headed up to Invermere for a rematch, but lost after being held scoreless over two periods.

Columbia Valley held a 2-1 lead after the first period, on goals from Dean Smith and Nigel Swab, while Darren Martin answered for Kimberley.

Peter Matthews added a goal in the middle and final periods for the Rockies to close out the game.

Justin Miller faced a shooting gallery in net for the Rockies, stopping 42 shots for the win, while Jeremy Mousseau turned away 11 shots in goal for the Nitros.

Special teams was a bit of a struggle, as Kimberley scored once in seven opportunities, while the Rockies capitalized once in four tries with the man-advantage.

Kimberley returned home for their second weekend matchup on Saturday against the Rockets, building up a 5-1 lead going into the third period, which ended with a 6-3 final score.

Jared Marchi had a monster night with two goals and five assists, while Mousseau made 20 saves for the win.

Though Golden struck first, the Nitros answered back with six unanswered goals over the course of the game.

Connor Beauchemin got on the board first after the halfway mark of the opening period, but the Dynamiters closed out the first period with three goals scored over a span of just over two minutes.

Brandon Bogdanek and Marchi got theirs on separate powerplays 28 seconds apart, while Dallin Wolf drew blood with 2:24 remaining in the period.

Jason Richter and Brady Revie added goals in the second period; Richter on the powerplay and Revie on a shorthanded effort.

Marchi got his second of the game five minutes into the final period, but Golden added a pair from Braeden Allkins and Daniel Dahlin to close out the game.

Kimberley’s powerplay was deadly, with three goals in five opportunities, while Golden scored twice with the man-advantage.

Kimberley remains on top of the Eddie Mountain Division with 15 points—three ahead of the Thunder Cats, which bring up second place. Overall, Nelson holds the top spot in the KIJHL, and are still undefeated in regulation after their first 10 games.