Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Kimberley Dynamiters can't keep up with Thunder Cats and loose ground in standings

The Month of January has not been friendly to the Kimberley Dynamiters so far, as they have started the month with a 1-3 record. Outside of a monstrous 11-2 victory, they have been unable to get past scoring two goals.

This past weekend, the Dynamiters hosted the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. The two teams are close in the standings, and the Cats having a slight edge for first place. Head coach and general manager Derek Stuart has frequently said that the battle for first place in the Eddie Mountain Division will come down to the games between the Nitro’s and the Cats.

At puck drop on Saturday the Dynamiters hoped to be able to leap frog the 2017 Cyclone Hosting Thunder Cats for first place in the standings.

The Cats, without their head coach Jeff Dubois who was away coaching at the KIJHL Top Prospects Game, however, were quick to get on the board, scoring a power play goal.

“We didn’t have any energy in warmup and it led to us coming out flat” assistant captain James Farmer said after the game.

The Dynamiters would later tie the game at one, with forward turned defencemen Farmer scoring. Farmer is familiar with the role: “The adjustment from forward to defence hasn’t been too hard for me. I’ve played some defence growing up so I’m doing my best to remember how to react and to be in the correct position.”

The game didn’t remain tied for long as the Cats responded with their second power play goal of the game. Though as the second period wound down, George Bertoia would get the Nitro’s tying goal.

“I thought at times we did a good job of controlling the puck in their zone and creating issues for their defence.” Captain Ryan Hozjan said, “We did well with taking there goalies eyes away and creating traffic in front.”

As the clock began to tick down in the third period, it began to feel more and more like overtime, and with 7:42 the Cats took a 3-2 after the Nitro’s turned over the puck.

The Cats would then pad their score with two empty net goals to make the final tally a 5-2 victory over the Dynamiters.

It was Cody Campbell’s first game back since the 9-2 loss to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, and he impressively made 32 saves to keep the Dynamiters in the game.

After the game, both Hozjan and Farmer could identify what the team needed to improve on.

“We just have to be more ready as a team and be ready for whatever team we are playing,” Farmer said “if you come out that flat in playoffs you will not win so hopefully we have learned what we can’t do and not do it again”

Hozjan added: “One thing we need to improve this weekend is our urgency to win for a full 60 minutes, instead of just glimpses throughout the game.”

MATCH STICKS: Harrison Risdon and Caige Sterzer were both held pointless in the KIJHL Top Prospects Game held this past weekend in Kelowna, the Kootenay Conference would tie 3-3 with the Okanagan/Shushwap Conference.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Full KIJHL Prospects Game from January 14, 2017 in Kelowna

If you missed catching the game on YouTube or Shaw, you can rewatch the full game on YouTube:

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters vs Creston Valley Thunder Cats

Kimberley DynamitersvsCreston Valley Thunder Cats
2ndDivision Standing1st
4th (4.44)Offence (GFA)1st (4.83)
5th (2.83)Defence (GAA)4th (2.67)
0.905Goaltending (SV%)0.904
2nd (24.28%)Power Play8th (20.83%)
5th (86.34%)Penalty Kill4th (87.75%)
3rdPower Ranking4th
8-1-0-1Last 106-4-0-0
Chase Miller (15G-26A)Top ScorerPaxton Malone (20G-34A)
James Farmer (10G-25A)2nd Top ScorerLiam Plunkett (14G-30A)
Franco Colapaolo (13G-17A)3rd Top ScorerThomas Cankovic (15G-25A)
Brandon Langridge (118)PIM LeaderLiam Rycroft (100)

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Kimberley Dynamiters prepare for weekend after losing in OT

On Wednesday night the Kimberley Dynamiters traveled over the Salmo-Creston Pass to get to Nelson to face the Leafs.

However, the bus was not carrying a full roster. The Nitro’s have three suspended players, George Bertoia, Brandon Langridge, and Garreth Osmar; there were several out with the flu; and lastly, some had school commitments. As a result, Dynamiters head coach and general manager called up two affiliate players, Johnny Elias (00) and Quaid Anderson (01) to fill the space. However, this still left the Nitro’s with only 17 skaters and no backup goalie.

The Nitro’s started out great, with Nicholas Ketola, a former Leaf, getting revenge against his former team by giving the Dynamiters a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

“It felt good to get that first goal.” Ketola said, “I had been in a slump and to get it against my former team, it felt really good.”

In the second period the Nitro’s lost traction.

“In the second we took our foot off the gas.” Stuart said, “We seemed a little bit complacent and satisfied with our first period.”

The Leafs outshot the Dynamiters 19-10 while taking over the game with a 2-1 lead.

In the third Brandt Bertoia, who was named the Away Start of the Game, would level the game at two to force overtime.

But in the same fashion of how the game started with Ketola getting revenge against his former team, Leafs captain, Sawyer Hunt a former Nitro, would score the overtime winning goal against the Dynamiters.

“It was one of those games where we deserved to win,” Stuart said. “But you are not going to win every time that you deserve to win. The first time we played Nelson in Kimberley, they probably deserved to win, things evened out in the end.”

Goaltender Cody Call was the victim of the ‘evening out’ as he made 30 saves in the loss.

Coach Stuart, overall, was really pleased with his team’s performance, and in particular Ketola, B. Bertoia and Devon Langelaar:

“Ketola and Brandt Bertoia were excellent last night. They were the best two forwards for our team. Langelaar was fantastic was last night as well, two excellent assists.”

The Dynamiters now shift their focus to Saturday’s game when they play the Creston Valley Thunder Cats (26-7-1-1). The Cats bolstered their lineup with Junior A talent at the KIJHL roster deadline, adding defenceman Austin Anselmo (97) from the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL), and forward Michael Spenrath from the Calgary Canucks (97).

To prepare for the game, Stuart gave his team the day off on Thursday to rest up and get healthy for Friday’s practice where they will “prepare for Creston by watching video.”

“By now, our players know what to expect, and [Creston] knows what to expect from us.” Stuart said, “come Saturday it is just going to be which teams execute their systems the best and which team is more disciplined.”

As for Ketola, “I'm looking forward to getting the guys back from their suspensions and our guys getting healthy again. That will really help out … and playing dynamiters hockey.”

Puck drop is 7pm at the Kimberley Civic Centre on Saturday.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters at Nelson Leafs

Kimberley DynamitersvsNelson Leafs
2ndDivision Standing4th
4th (4.51)Offence (GFA)13th (3.03)
5th (2.83)Defence (GAA)11th (3.36)
0.905Goaltending (SV%)0.894
2nd (24.55%)Power Play17th (10.43%)
5th (86.03%)Penalty Kill6th (85.56%)
3rdPower Ranking14th
9-1-0-0Last 106-2-0-2
Chase Miller (15G-25A)Top ScorerDale Howell (17G-19A)
James Farmer (10G-25A)2nd Top ScorerSawyer Hunt (13G-22A)
Franco Colapaolo (13G-17A)3rd Top ScorerAndy Fitzpatrick (11G-5A)
Brandon Langridge (118)PIM LeaderMichael LeNoury; Brent Headon (102)

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The Kimberley Dynamiters changes to roster since opening day

Today is the KIJHL movement deadline, and the Kimberley Dynamiters made their last roster move sending Drew Van Den Bosch to Comox Valley Glacier Kings (VIJHL) to get the roster down to 23 players.

"The coaching staff is extremely happy with the 23 players we have right now to end the season." Head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said. "We are hopeful that we can make a long run with the 23 we have."

Since announcing the opening day 23-man roster the Kimberley Dynamiters have shifted several players. Twelve players, including six forwards, four defencemen and two goaltenders; have all moved on from the Nitro's in various ways, which is nearly half the roster.

Here is the opening day roster, the players with the names crossed out are no longer on the roster.

Brandon Langridge  '98 F
Brandt Bertoia  '98 F
Caige Sterzer  '00 F
Chase Miller  '98 F
Donte Nowell  '98 F Traded to Grand Forks
Franco Colapaolo '96 F
Garreth Osmar  '98 F
James Farmer '97 F
Korbyn Chabot '99 F Signed with Trail
Logan Middleton  '98 F Released
Nicholas Ketola  '97 F
Ryan Hozjan '96 F
Terrell Clarricoates  '99 F Released
Troy Feldbusch  '98 F Traded to Dawson Creek
Wyatt Fleming  '98 F Released
Caymen Froude  '99 D Released
Connor Sullivan  '98 D Traded to Grand Forks
Harrison Risdon  '00 D
James Rota '98 D
Lucas Purdy '98 D
Robert Thomson  '98 D Retired
Mitch Traichevich '97 G Traded to Dawson Creek
Ruslan Katsnelson '97 G Traded to Golden