Friday, 9 December 2016

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

Kimberley DynamitersvsCreston Valley Thunder Cats
2ndDivision Standing1st
5th (4.33)Offence (GFA)1st (4.89)
5th (2.74)Defence (GAA)4th (2.41)
0.910Goaltending (SV%)0.912
10th (20.34%)Power Play7th (20.77%)
4th (86.96%)Penalty Kill2nd (89.52%)
5thPower Ranking3rd
5-5-0-0Last 107-3-0-0
Korbyn Chabot (18G-12A)Top ScorerPaxton Malone (17G-30A)
Chase Miller (8G-17A)2nd Top ScorerJusten James (12G-19A)
Franco Colapaolo (12G-12A)3rd Top ScorerLiam Plunkett (10G-21A)
Brandon Langridge (91)PIM LeaderJusten James (82)

Kimberley Dynamitres lose one player, but add two more

The Kimberley Dynamiters head coach and general manager Derek Stuart continues to be busy tweaking his roster.

The Nitro's have lost Connor Kendall ('98) to a season ending injury.

"He reinjured the same shoulder that he injured last season and in the first game that he played with us, in the third period against Columbia Valley this past Saturday." Stuart reported. "It's too damaging physically and mentally, he is just not going to be able to play again this year.

"Its really too bad. He's a great kid, he's a great teammate. It sucks, but it is what had to be done.

"We are sad to see Connor Kendall leave. We want to thank him for all his hard work and being so mature about his decision. The boys are going to miss him, he was a great player when he was here."

Kendall collected two goals and three assists in six games with the Dynamiters this season.

Stuart then added two forwards to his roster Nic Herringer ('98) and Joe Karpyshyn ('98) both products from Calgary Alberta.

Herringer, at 6-feet and 180-pounds, joins the team after starting the season with the Calgary Canucks (AJHL). In 13 games with the Canucks, Herringer scored two goals and five assists.

"He's a very smart hockey player, he works extremely hard." Stuart said. "I've coached him in spring hockey for the last three years in Calgary; his skill level has gotten better every year. His numbers with the Canucks show that.

"He works really hard. He is very smart on the penalty kill and power play. He's got a tremendous upside to his skill."

Karpyshyn, stands at 5-foot-9 and clocks in at 170 pounds. He played the entire 2015-16 season with the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) as an underage player scoring three goals and 12 assists in 42 games, while sitting for 108 minutes in the box. He went pointless in eight games this season with the Olds Grizzlys (AJHL).

"I coached last year in the AJHL. He played as an underage player last year. He wants to play hockey and see where his career goes from there." Stuart said.

"He's very gritty. He has a lot of speed and skill. His compete level is high. He is a bit of an agititator, he is not fun to play against."

Stuart said that, "both players were heavily sought after by many top teams in our league, and we are happy they chose to play in Kimberley."

Herringer and Karpyshyn are expected to make their debuts in Dynamiters colours this weekend, when the Nitro's host the Creston Valley Thunder Cats tonight, and the Columbia Valley Rockies on Saturday.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Kimberley Dynamiters down the Golden Rockets

The Kimberley Dynamiters were on the road Tuesday night as they visited the Golden Rockets.

For the first 10 minutes of the game, it was all Rockets.

“[Golden] definitely  came out strong and took it to us at the start.” Dynamiters head coach and general manager Derek Stuart recalled. “They were moving pucks and they had three or four odd-man rushes in the first ten minutes of the game.

“Last night was not that bad of a start.” Stuart added. “It was a case of a team taking advantage of another team that was on the bus for three plus hours, and using their rink to their advantage.

“After the first seven to ten minutes we slowly started to take over the game, and got better and better as the game went on.”

What held the Nitro’s in the game, as the Rockets fired 14 shots on net was the play of Cody Campbell.

“When he had to make big saves, he did.” Stuart said of Campbell. “There were timely saves in the first six minutes that kept the boys positive and allowed us to get our legs underneath us and come back and start attacking Golden.”

The Dynamiters found their legs in the second and third period as they out-shot the Rockets 25 to 18.

Newcomer Nolan Kurylo had a three point night as he helped the Dynamiters score three of their four goals.

“Nolan hasn't disappointed. He has skill, his speed is very solid.” Stuart said “His goals with us have been within three to five feet of the net - it's nothing flashy or pretty, he is getting the job done because he is working harder to get to the front of the net.”

Devon Langelaar continued his hot play notching a goal and an assist in the scoresheet. Garreth Osmar was the other goal-scorer for the Nitro’s.

By the end of the game, it was 4-0, and Campbell had earned a 32-save shutout in his first game back from injury, his first game since being given the starting job, and his first KIJHL shutout.

For Campbell, the shutout was ‘nice’ and a ‘bonus’, it was getting the win in his first game back that he valued more.

“It was nice coming off my injury to get a win. A lot of guys struggle after coming back from injury. It was just nice that my team was there in front of me and that my team was ready to play.”

The Dynamiters now focus their attention to their matchup Friday against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats (20-5-1-1) and then the Columbia Valley Rockies (6-16-0-3) on Saturday. Both games are at the Kimberley Civic Centre and start at 7pm.

“This is a really important week for us.” Campbell said. “Our goal is to get all six points so that we can catch up to Creston in the standings. [We had a] really good start for us to the week.”

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters at Golden Rockets

Kimberley DynamitersvsGolden Rockets
2ndDivision Standing5th
5th (4.35)Offence (GFA)20th (1.78)
5th (2.85)Defence (GAA)17th (4.48)
0.895Goaltending (SV%)0.878
10th (20.00%)Power Play17th (10.79%)
5th (86.36%)Penalty Kill14th (80.51%)
5thPower Ranking18th
4-6-0-0Last 100-9-1-0
Korbyn Chabot (18G-12A)Top ScorerAustin Pultz (2G-11A)
Franco Colapaolo (12G-12A)2nd Top ScorerNic Lush (7G-5A)
Chase Miller (8G-16A)3rd Top ScorerDarion Nordick (5G-6A)
Brandon Langridge (81)PIM LeaderDavin Burton (70)

Monday, 5 December 2016

Story: The Kimberley Dynamiters have traded Mitch Traichevich for Cody Call

On Sunday December 4, the Kimberley Dynamiters traded goaltender Mitch Traichevich to the Dawson Creek Jr Canucks (NWJHL) for Cody Call.

"He wasn't himself the past few weeks, and you could tell just by talking to him and watching him in practice." Head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said. "Those two games in Fernie he didn't play like he can. We could tell there were distractions."

For personal reasons, Traichevich returns to his home town to play for the Junior Canucks.

"He needed and wanted to go home for personal reasons. There are things in life more important than hockey. It is best for both sides the way it worked out"

Stuart concluded by saying "We wish Mitch the best of luck. It was a very mature decision on his part, it wasn't an easy one. He made the right decision, it is the right thing for him to do."

Call, from Williams Lake, BC, played in six games for the Junior Canucks before getting injured. In those games, he went 3-2 posting a 2.94 GAA and a .893 SV%.

Stuart is looking for Call to gel with the team immediately.

"I've heard rave reviews about his attitude and his team first mentality. We are hoping that he comes in and pushes Cody Campbell.

"We are looking for Call to come in and be the ultimate teammate that he is. Give it his all and play his best when he gets the opportunity to start."

Moving forward Stuart is comfortable with Campbell as the starter for the Dynamiters, "He has proved that he is an elite gaoltender in the league."

Call is expected to join the team for the road trip to Golden where he will serve as backup to Campbell.

The Kimberley Dynamiters squeeze out two points in an ugly weekend

The Kimberley Dynamiters faced two divisional rivals this past weekend, the Fernie Ghostriders and the Columbia Valley Rockies. One game was a collapse, and the other was ugly.

First up was the collapse. The Nitro’s had built a 3-1 lead over the Ghostriders in the first 40 minutes with goals from Connor Kendall, Nolan Kurylo and Chase Miller. But then things went sour for the Nitro’s in the last 20 minutes.

Starting at the 19:02 mark of the third until the 13:05 the Riders managed to score four unanswered goals to wipe out the Nitro’s two-goal lead and secure a two-goal lead of their own.

Head coach and general manager Derek Stuart summed it up: “The third period [against Fernie] was not good, it was a collapse.”

The Dynamiters had the edge in shots 40-34 in front of 528 fans in Fernie. Kurylo debuted against Fernie, and Stuart was pleased with his early performance.

“He’s a real smart player. He already does some things that we are trying to get the team to do just from his experience playing junior A for a year and a half.”

The Dynamiters then had to recalibrate and get ready for the Columbia Valley Rockies, who they bested 8-2 the game prior.

This was the ugly game in front of 626 fans in the Civic Centre. The Dynamiters struggled to make passes, appeared disorganized, and did not come to play their brand of hockey in the Civic Centre.

“It was definitely not one of our better games.” Stuart said. “For whatever reason, we didn’t come to play our game, we more tried to match Columbia Valley and they made it hard on us tonight. We were able to gut one out, but it was not pretty. It was definitely ugly.”

November Nitro’s Player of the Month, James Farmer, explained why the team wasn’t playing to their potential.

“I think we came out a little flat, that we were going to walk all over them. Obviously that didn’t happen. We can’t underestimate them. We have had three really close games with them.”

Through 40 minutes the Dynamiters were level at two with the Rockies, with goals by Drew Van den Bosch and Garreth Osmar. It was in the final 20 minutes that the Nitro’s began to pull away.

Brandt Bertoia gave the Nitro’s a one goal lead. Then it was Devon Langelaar with a break away short-handed goal with just under three minutes left that sealed the game for the Dynamiters.

“I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a defenceman short handed breakaway goal.” Langelaar said, recalling the goal he scored. “We just had to get the puck out. Kind of a lucky bounce, it was right there for me. I just put it on net, I had no intention of scoring, really.”

While Langelaar provided the heroics, it was 16-year-old Adam Andersen from Kimberley, BC, that made his KIJHL starting debut, earning his first win with a 21-save performance, which stole the show.

“Adam was really good for a 16 year old and a home town kid. He was nervous all day.” Stuart said, “He made two highlight reel saves and then a bunch of key calm saves that we needed recently and he provided them tonight. I think there were times where he kept us in the game. It was nice to see. He’s really happy.”

Andersen was not just happy, but exhilarated with the win.

“It's the best feeling I have ever had in my life.” Andersen said. “The first one is always the hardest to get out of the way. I'm happy that I got to do it here on home ice in front of my family, my friends and my teammates. It was pretty awesome.”

While the Dynamiters earned two of a possible four points this weekend, Stuart has outlined a couple of things that his team needs to work on before tonight’s game against the Golden Rockets.

“We are going to have to figure out why it was a slow start.” He said, “We are not in the position to take anyone lightly. We have no right to take any team lightly. If that’s what is happening, we need to fix it right away.

“We are going to have to take shorter shifts and manage the puck better [against Golden]. We are going there to get a job done. Just manage the puck; it doesn’t need to be pretty. Keep the puck out of the danger zone.”

While Farmer added: “Get prepared, get rest, and come out hard. Don’t take them lightly. Play them physical and strong, and beat them down.”

The Dynamiters travel to Golden tonight to play the Rockets at the Golden Arena. Puck drop is 7:30pm.

MATCH STICKS: The Kimberley Dynamiters have traded Mitch Traichevich (’97) to his hometown Dawson Creek Jr Canucks for goaltender Cody Call (‘98). Korbyn Chabot has been held pointless in his four games with the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL). George Bertoia remains sidelined with injury.

Photos by Jonathan Righton

Check it out in the Kimberley Bulletin/Cranbrook Townsman

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Kimberley Dynamiters November Player of the Month: James Farmer

James Farmer was selected as the Kimberley Dynamiters November Player of the Month.

Farmer said of the recognition: “It’s a great honor. It wouldn’t be possible without my teammates. It’s good to get it, hopefully I can do it again.”

During the month of November, Farmer registered three goals, six assists, two stars of the game, and blocked many shots.

If you are curious why Farmer blocks so many shots, well “it helps out the goalie and gets the boys going. It shows that you care about the team and will do anything for them.”

Great leadership by example.

Photo by Jonathan Righton.