Friday, 20 October 2017

Kimberley Dynamiters controversial OT winning goal against Nelson Leafs. You be the judge.

As the first OT period came to an end against the Nelson Leafs, Matt Davies bursts in with just over four seconds left, his shot is stopped and Devon Langelaar bangs home the rebound. The goal was awarded just before the buzzer sounded, you be the judge.

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters vs Spokane Braves

Thursday, 19 October 2017

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters vs Nelson Leafs

KIJHL Clutch Scorers October 19, 2017

It's time for the first KIJHL Clutch Scoring list of the 2017-18 season.

The goal of this stats analysis is to capture the moments when a player contributes in a clutch manner, such as scoring the game winning goal, or assisting on a short handed goal.

Power play goals, short handed goals, and game winning goals are worth two points. Power play assists, and short handed assists are one point. Add the total together and we get an understanding of who in the KIJHL is scoring at clutch times.

Birth years are included just so we can see the age diversity.

Here are a couple highlights:
  • Jordan Robertson of the Border Bruins is on top of the list, and a slight lead over Nitehawks Dylan Heppler
  • Reese Tambellini from the Border Bruins and Cody Flann from the Grizzlies are the youngest players on the list, both born in 2000.
  • Since this is the Kimberley Dynamiters blog, two players made the list, Brock Palmer and James Farmer.
  • You will notice that the clutch scoring doesn't completely line up league scoring.
Congratulations to Robertson and Heppler for taking the 1-2 spots to start the season.

Here is the full list, click to make larger.

Monday, 16 October 2017

The Kimberley Dynamiters score big, winning both weekend games

The Kimberley Dynamiters had an explosive weekend, scoring 15 goals enroute to a 7-2 win over the Grand Forks Border Bruins, and an 8-5 win over the Golden Rockets. At the centre of the offensive outburst was Brock Palmer, as he figured in on eight of the goals.

Before the game on Friday, captain Brett Roberts said that the Nitro's were looking for revenge against the Border Bruins after losing in Grand Forks the Saturday before.

Nicholas Ketola led the Dynamiters to an explosive opening period, after the emotion of the $7.5 Million donation commitment announcement. He scored two goals within three minutes. Brandt Bertoia, Chase Gedny, and Luke Recchi then added a goal each. After 20 minutes, the Nitro's had scored five goals on just 12 shots.

"The first period was one of our best." Said head coach and general manager Derek Stuart, "The first period was outstanding."

It continued to be amazing, as Derian Bamber and James Farmer added the teams sixth and seventh goals. And then it went downhill for the remaining time of the second and third.

"It just went ugly from there. Not exciting at all, pretty boring actually." Stuart said, "I thought our guys took their foot off the gas.

"To see such a decline in effort in the second, and the care and the attention to detail. I know it is hard when you are up."

The Border Bruins were able to score two goals past the stagnant Nitro's, but the Nitro's still won 7-2, with Cody Campbell making 16 saves for the win.

Attention then turned to the match in Golden.

While Palmer earned three assists against the Border Bruins, it was in Golden were he lit it up. He opened the scoring on a power play goal. But then Golden returned fire, scoring a power play goal. They then took a 2-1 lead over the Nitro's. Farmer quickly erased the lead tying the game at two, and then Cam Russell helped the Nitro's escape the first with a 3-2 lead.

In the second period, it was all Palmer, he scored two goals, including his hattrick goal, boosting the Dynamiters to a 5-2 lead.

"They changed up the lines and we gelled really good." Palmer said of his linemates Russell and Matt Davies.

In the third period, the Nitro's took their foot off of the gas, and got to within one.

"The guys built up a lead and then fell asleep," Stuart said "and took their foot off the gas in the third."

The Nitro's got a jolt when they were on the power play, and Palmer scored his fourth goal of the game. Bertoia would then score in the final minute giving the Dynamiters an 8-5 win over the Golden Rockets.

Adam Andersen turned aside 36 of the 41 shots he faced.

Looking back on the past two games Stuart felt his team needs to be able to play a full 60 minutes, even when they have such a large lead.

"It is tough to keep going when you are up by that many goals. We need to figure out a way to keep going."

But overall, he was pleased with how the team performed, especially against Golden, as six regulars were out of the lineup due to school, injury, and flu.

This allowed local affiliate player Braiden Koran to be in the lineup.

"Koran was really good," Stuart said, "he was one of our best players. We have no doubts that he can play, we just couldn't get him the minutes to develop. We are excited to have him as an affiliate."

Another player benefiting from the extra ice-time is Moyie defender Lucas Chilton. He didn't register a point, but he played excellently in his own end.

"Chilton was impressive, he was very good. He has been our best defenceman the past four games, and this month."

As for Palmer, his eight point weekend has catapulted him into the KIJHL's top 10 scorers, albeit, just one point ahead of linemate Davies. He sits tied for fifth with 18 points in 10 games.

Palmer said he was not expecting to be in the leagues top scoring, but added that he knows he needs to contribute offensively, "I'm more of an offensive player than anything else. If I am not contributing offensively, I am not contributing at all."

Palmer is on the shorter side, but he hasn't let that get in the way of him contributing.

"Lots of the bigger guys, that people think I should be scared of, are too slow." Palmer said, "I like playing against the bigger ways because you can deke them out in different ways."

Stuart added, "Our concerns about how he will do against bigger teams in smaller arena's are long gone now. He has proven himself more than capable."

After such an explosive weekend, the Dynamiters now prepare themselves for a three-game home-stand starting Thursday against the Nelson Leafs at the Kimberley Civic Centre.

Photo by Jonathan Righton

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Kimberley man donates $7.5 Million to Kimberley Hockey

Prior to the opening faceoff on October 13’s game against the Grand Forks Border Bruins, the Kimberley Dynamiters welcomed Mike Gould to the ice-surface for an announcement. The ‘average-joe’ Gould announced his commitment to donate $7.5 Million to hockey in Kimberley including the Kimberley Dynamiters.

With emotion, Gould waved to the 700 in attendance as they stood and applauded his unexpected, yet amazing donation to the community.

“It’s a gift,” Gould said “a gift to the community. A way for me to give back to the community, and team, that I loved growing up.”

Gould said that while he did not wear a Dynamiters jersey, that he played minor hockey in Kimberley, and that it helped shape him into the person he has become. He also added that hockey-blood runs in his family.

On the receiving end of the donation, Dynamiters president James Leroux, said that the gift is overwhelming, but exciting.

Leroux said that the donation is not just for the Dynamiters and that it is for all of hockey in Kimberley, but that at this point the Dynamiters will be managing the gift.

Gould is aware of the rising expenses towards families to be able to play hockey, and he wants to see hockey in Kimberley become more affordable and accessible, so that other children can get the same experience he did.

Leroux can see the immediate benefit of supporting local hockey, he hopes to see minor hockey registration double, which will then double the amount of local talent on the Dynamiters roster.

The Dynamiters are also in need of a bus, and Gould wants to see the team buy a bus. But that the bus also be available, when not is use by the Nitro’s, to minor hockey. Gould and Leroux both said they could just see the joy that the minor hockey players will have riding on the Kimberley Dynamiters bus.

Leroux added that despite the awe-inspiring donation, it is business as usual for the Nitro’s. They want to see the funds be sustained for several decades, noting that the operating costs for the Dynamiters is close to $500,000 a year and that if the board took their foot off the gas, the funds would quickly be gone.

As for Gould, he is thrilled to be able to share his good-fortune with the community, and felt that this
was the right way to show the start of his commitment to supporting Kimberley.

Photos by Jonathan Righton

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters at Golden Rockets

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Getting to Know James Rota

Get to know the forward turned defender turned forward James Rota. Interview happened on September 30.

Kimberley Dynamiters looking forward to rematch at home against Border Bruins.

The Kimberley Dynamiters are eagerly looking forward to their rematch this weekend against the Grand Forks Border Bruins (8-3-0-0).

Last Saturday the Border Bruins downed the Nitro's 4-2 in Grand Forks, and Friday is the rematch at Kimberley's Civic Centre.

"It's a pretty important game." Said Dynamiters captain Brett Roberts. "It is a bounce back game for us. Hopefully we can use our speed in our home rink on the big ice, and have a better outcome this time."

Roberts was not in the lineup against the Border Bruins due to blocking a shot the game prior in Spokane. He is eager to get back in the lineup.

"Any time we lose this year we are going to take in personally. The message that we are sending in the room is that losing is not going to be acceptable."

At home the Dynamiters have treated the fans well, winning all three home games. They will be up to the task against the league leading Border Bruins.

"There is a little bad blood with Grand Forks as well, it will be a good game."

After Friday's home game, the Nitro's take to the road and travel north to Golden to play the Rockets (1-8-1-0). The Nitro's escaped a second period scare last time they played Golden, leaving with a 5-2 win.

Roberts says that the team needs to focus to prevent a mental lapse, like what happened last time.

"As a leadership group we have to send the message that we need be focused before the game and play a full 60 minutes. Any team can win any night, w can't let our foot off the gas."

Opening faceoff against the Border Bruins is 7:30 at the Civic Centre, and then Saturday is 7:30 at the Golden Arena.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Clustered scoring leads Kimberley Dynamiters to one win and one loss over the Thanksgiving weekend

The Kimberley Dynamiters split their weekend road games, winning 7-2 against the Spokane Braves and losing 4-2 to the Grand Forks Border Bruins.

The Dynamiters arrived 45 minutes later than they would have liked in Spokane, but despite the delay, they were ready to play and played hard said head coach and general manager Derek Stuart.

A mere two minutes into the game, the Nitro's Brock Palmer got their first goal of the game on their first shot of the game. The Braves returned the favor scoring on a breakaway goal, their first shot of the game.

"For a goaltender it is not the ideal situation to have a clear cut breakaway as your first shot on net." Stuart said. "Andersen settled in and shook that off. He calmed down and was totally solid the rest of the way."

Matt Davies would then add two goals in three minutes, with the help of his linemates, Palmer and Nick Ketola.

"I thought we did a good job being first to pucks in their zone and all lines did a really good job moving the puck around." Davies said "That gave us a lot of puck possession which I think was a big part of our success."

As for Ketola, he had three assists in the first period. Playing in Spokane is always a boost for Ketola, because his hometown Mead, Washington, is just north of Spokane.

"It's always good to go home and play in front of family." Ketola said. "Also playing in that rink for so long when I was younger just gives me some comfort on the ice."

The Nitro's finished the first with a 3-1 lead firing an astounding 24 shots.

The second period was a lull, like the eye of a storm, as penalties slowed the pace of the game. As a result, there was no scoring.

The Braves scored 30 seconds into the third cutting into the Nitro's lead. But then the Nitro's poured it on, scoring four more goals, including three power play goals.

"It was our first game using that formation and those units." said Staurt. "In the third they started shooting more instead of looking for the perfect pass."

The benefactors of the shooting were James Farmer, scoring twice, Brandt Bertoia and Brandon Langridge.

The Dynamiters won the game 7-2, and lead in shots 60 to 28. Adam Andersen made 26 saves to earn his second win of the season.

The Nitro's then traveled to Grand Forks to play the Border Bruins. Like in the game against Spokane, it was clustered scoring that would define the game.

The first period was scoreless. It was the second period that cost the Nitro's. The Border Bruins scored three goals in the span of seven minutes.

"We had a ten minute lapse, in terms of mistakes, turnovers, odd man rushes." Stuart said. "That would be ten minutes that we would like to forget. They got three goals in ten minutes, and that was the game."

The Nitro's would add two goals, by Ketola and Chase Gedny, in the third, but it wasn't enough to mount a comeback as the Border Bruins added an empty net goal to seal their 4-2 victory, handing the Nitro's their second loss of the season.

Cody Campbell was in net, and made 27 saves in his first loss of the season.

For Stuart, he felt there was one reason the Nitro's didn't perform well, "Biggest problem was not getting enough bodies on net. We got a lot of shots, but not enough with traffic."

Ketola added, "I think we weren't ready to battle in that game and they came out harder and won more puck battles than us."

The bus ride home from Grand Forks was quiet, Stuart said, as he and the players knew that they didn't perform as well as they could have.

"I felt that we played really soft and timid against Grand Forks." Davies said, "Seemed like we let them dictate the play."

Davies scored two goals and three assists during the weekend, and now leads the Nitro's in scoring with 12 points.

"Honestly it doesn't mean much to me at this point in the season." Davies said. "Obviously it's nice to be able to help out on the score sheet.

"But we got a lot of different guys contributing every night which is which is a big part of the early success we've been able to have."

The Nitro's now look to make up for the road loss against the Border Bruins this Friday as they host Grand Forks at the Kimberley Civic Centre.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Getting to Know Brant Mack

Get to know Kimberley Dynamiters forward Brant Mack. This was recorded on September 8 during the Nitro's home opener.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters at Grand Forks Border Bruins

Kimberley DynamitersvsGrand Forks Border Bruins
1stDivision StandingT-1st
4.50Offence (GFA)4.20
2.25Defence (GAA)2.90
0.923Goaltending (SV%)0.922
20.37Power Play25.93
90.74Penalty Kill84.21
2ndPower Ranking6th
7-1-0-0Last 106-3-0-1
Matt Davies (5G-6A)Top ScorerJordan Robertson (6G-17A)
Brock Palmer (5G-5A)2nd Top ScorerTrey Mason (6G-14A)
James Farmer (5G-4A)3rd Top ScorerEvan Loura (5G-6A)
Cody Campbell (4.93)Top GSAAKnute Loe (4.59)
Matt Davies (38)PIM LeaderHunter Harrison (60)

Friday, 6 October 2017

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters at Spokane Braves

Kimberley DynamitersvsSpokane Braves
1stDivision StandingT-3rd
4.14Offence (GFA)2.78
2.29Defence (GAA)4.00
0.922Goaltending (SV%)0.915
18.18Power Play5.08
91.84Penalty Kill88.71
2ndPower Ranking13th
6-1-0-0Last 103-3-1-2
Brock Palmer (4G-3A)Top ScorerPaxton Malone (6G-5A)
Matt Davies (3G-4A)2nd Top ScorerTrail Thompson (5G-4A)
Chase Gedny (3G-3A)3rd Top ScorerDawson Tritt (3G-6A)
Cody Campbell (4.87)Top GSAATrevor Dilauro (4.25)
Matt Davies (38)PIM LeaderAndrew Clark (24)

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Getting to Know Brett Roberts

Brett Roberts was just named the captain of the Kimberley Dynamiters on Monday night, this interview was from the Friday before. A great chance to get to know the new captain.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Kimberley Dynamiters name Brett Roberts as captain

On the night of October 2nd, the Kimberley Dynamiters announced their player leadership. Brett Roberts was named the captain with James Farmer and Nick Ketola named as regular assistants. Mason Palaga and James Rota will be rotating the third assistant role, Palaga will wear the 'A' on white jersey's and Rota on black.

Roberts was pleasantly surprised with being named the teams captain, but is aware of the challenge that it brings.

"It's a big honor. It's a big responsibility. It's really exciting." Roberts said.

Roberts is a new face to the team this year, even though the Dynamiters have held his Junior B rights since the summer of 2016.

He played last season as a rookie with the Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) posting four goals and three assists in 38 games. The season prior, he played his rookie KIJHL season with conference rivals, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. That year he played in 36 games scoring nine goals and 11 assists.

This is the first time in Roberts junior career that he is not a rookie, and now he is given the role of captain by his teammates who voted for him.

"It was a surprise, because there are guys who have been here 2-3 years." Roberts said, "we have a really good leadership group, so it makes it really easy."

He also added that his leadership style is building a relationship with the individual players.

"I'm not going to be out there yelling and screaming. I am pretty laid back.

"I like to lead by example. Help guys with tips that I have learned over the years. Try to make sure everyone is feeling good. I'm in the room always being positive, keeping guys accountable."

Head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said that Roberts has been impressive sine camp started.

"Our coaching staff strongly believes the most important trait of a captain is to consistently lead by example. Since day one of Main Camp Brett has been our hardest working player in practices and games.

"Through his actions Brett has made it very clear to his coaches and teammates that the team's success is his first priority."

The newly minted captain is looking forward to getting back on the ice with the team this weekend since missing games since September 22. On Friday the Nitro's travel to Spokane to faceoff against the Braves, and Saturday they play the Border Bruins in Grand Forks.

My son steals the Kimberley Dynamiters webcast post-game show

I always enjoy volunteering with the Dynamiters, regardless of the role. This past weekend I was asked to help do colour commentating on September 30, in the game against Golden (I learned that I enjoyed colour commentating at the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup).

My children typically come with me to the games and hang out with their friends. This time, when the game ended and I was still unavailable because I was doing the post-game show with Jim, my son got a little impatient.... and this is what it looked like:

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

KIJHL Power Rankings - September 2017

It's always fun to calculate the KIJHL Power Rankings, especially the first one of the season, helps me get into the KI zone.

For those that are new to following or reading the Power Rankings, let me explain what it is. The goal is to rank four categories: offence, defence, special teams, and goaltending; and then rank the total of each placing in each category. The lower the number, the better. The closer to 4 points, the more that team is functioning to league perfection - meaning they rank 1st in offence, defence, special teams, and goaltending (1+1+1+1=4). The closer to 80, well, I think you get the gist.

Offence is ranked by the teams goals forced average.

Defence is ranked by the teams goals against average.

Special Teams is ranked by doing the Scotty Bowman efficiency calculation, which is adding power play percent and penalty kill percent together.

Goaltending is ranked by calculating the teams current goaltenders save percentage.

Total is adding the placing of each rank, and then ordered from lowest to highest to reveal the KIJHL Power Rankings!

Yes, it is only the first month and these numbers will change drastically throughout the season.

So without further jabbering, here are the rankings (showing the GFA, GAA, PP+PK, and SV% just in case you doubt my work, I am human and do make mistakes)

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Kimberley Dynamiters finish September on a high note

The Kimberley Dynamiters continue to have success with weekend wins over the Castlegar Rebels and Golden Rockets, giving themselves a record of 7-1 for the month of September.

The Dynamiters earned their sixth win on Friday against the Castelgar Rebels, a game that head coach and general manager Derek Stuart felt should have been won in the first period, saying that it was the teams best first period this season because they did everything right!

Nitro's fired an astounding 20 shots in the first period, to the Rebels 6, but only Chase Gedney was able to beat Rebels acrobatic goaltender Curt Doyle.

The Nitro's built themselves a 2-0 lead as defender Derian Bamber scored his first KIJHL goal. After that, the Rebels rebounded, outshooting the Nitro's 17-11, and adding one of their own goals. Keeper Cody "Soup" Campbell kept the Nitro's in the game.

"In the second period, Campbell made some very good saves to keep the game close, especially on their power play." Staurt said after the game.

Langelaar would score on the power play early in the third to give the Nitro's their third goal, and the eventual game winner, as the Rebels added one more of their own.

Campbell would finish the night with 30 saves, while star of the game Gedney figured in on all three goals, adding two assists to the opening goal.

"Gedney was real good." Staurt said, "he has a real knack for scoring goals. He is the closest we have to a pure goal-scorer. He surprised the goaltender with his shot."

Campbell would return to net on Saturday, playing back to back. The reason, Campbell has Golden's number. He has played three career games against Golden, and in each one, he has earned a shutout; he was clearly looking to make it four shutouts.

To start the game, the Nitro's looked flat as the Rockets clogged the ice surface. Brock Palmer scored on the power play to help the Nitro's escape a bad period with a 1-0 lead.

"I think everyone was a little over confident going into the game, knowing the fact that we beat them the game before." Palmer said. "I just tried to keep the mindset to come out hard and give it all I got to help the team get the victory."

Teammate Brant Mack echoed the same message, "We expected to win effortlessly and that was definitely was not the case."

Palmer would add his second goal of the game early in the second, it was his first multi-goal night in the KIJHL. "It was awesome, it felt so good." Palmer smiled, "trying to get the hattrick was on my mind, but it was awesome to get the two."

The players and the coaching staff were aware that their performance through the first 40 minutes was nowhere near where their performance level.

Then inn a span of eight seconds in the third, the Nitro's showed what their performance potential was, especially the effective line of Mack, Lucas Purdy and Austin Lawson. Lawson scored with help from Mack just after a power play expired, and then Mack scored eight seconds later with help from Lawson.

"The turning point in the game was when Lawson and I scored those two goals back to back." Mack said after the game. He was a man on a mission throughout the game, and was being rewarded for his play.

Mack would later pressure the Rocket's goalie and create a turnover scoring a short handed goal and giving the Nitro's a 5-0 lead.

"It always feels good to have hard work pay off with a few points" Mack said "Especially when we are playing at home in front of all our fans."

When all was said and done, Campbell earned his fourth career shutout in his fourth career game against Golden, making 20 saves.

Despite the lopsided score, head coach and general manager Staurt said that the team was awful, and that they received a victory even though the didn't earn it.

However, he is overall pleased with the team because the 7-1 record is similar to the start the Nitro's had last season, and it also matches the start the 2014-15 Championship Dynamiters had.

AROUND THE EDDIE: Columbia Valley Rockies would skate to a 4-4 draw against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, and then follow that up with a 5-4 OT win over Spokane Braves. The Cats would then go on and loose 3-2 to the Nelson Leafs. Fernie Ghostriders won both their weekend games, 6-4 over Beaver Valley Nitehawks, and 4-3 over Castlegar Rebels. The Rockets lost their Friday match 3-1 to the Braves.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Bloggers Blurb - September 29, 2017

Sorry for the video being off-centre.

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters vs Golden Rockets

Kimberley DynamitersvsGolden Rockets
1stDivision Standing5th
4.00Offence (GFA)1.71
2.67Defence (GAA)3.00
0.911Goaltending (SV%)0.902
18.42Power Play12.50
90.70Penalty Kill90.48
NRPower RankingNR
5-1-0-0Last 101-5-1-0
Chase Gedney (3G-3A)Top ScorerRyley Bast (1G-5A)
Matt Davies (3G-3A)2nd Top ScorerNick Runnalls (4G-1A)
James Farmer (3G-2A)3rd Top ScorerRyan Partaker (2G-1A)
Cody Campbell (2.54)Top GSAAColton Iwaschuk (2.52)
Brant Mack (31)PIM LeaderRyan Taylor (58)

Friday, 29 September 2017

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters vs Castlegar Rebels

Kimberley DynamitersvsCastlegar Rebels
1stDivision StandingT-4th
4.20Offence (GFA)4.40
2.80Defence (GAA)2.40
0.904Goaltending (SV%)0.903
17.24Power Play16.67
88.57Penalty Kill87.88
NRPower RankingNR
4-1-0-0Last 103-1-0-0-1
Matt Davies (3G-3A)Top ScorerJohn Moeller (5G-5A)
James Farmer (3G-2A)2nd Top ScorerShawn Campbell (4G-4A)
Mason Palaga (3G-2A)3rd Top ScorerChris Breese (2G-6A)
Brant Mack (31)PIM LeaderEvan Della-Paolera (25)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Kimberley Dynamiters prepare for home games against Castlegar and Golden

The Kimberley Dynamiters have not played a home game since the home opener on September 8th, and are finally returning home after four road games. They return home in first place in the Eddie Mountain division with eight points, only losing one road game.

Up first is the Castlegar Rebels (3-1-0-0-1) who sit fourth in the Neil Murdoch division with six points. This will be the first of three meetings between the Rebels and Dynamiters. Nitro's head coach and general manager Derek Stuart is keenly aware that the Rebels have two of the top players in the Kootenay Conference in John Moeller (5G-5A) and Ed Lindsey (2G-6A), but says that the team will not change their style and just play Nitro's hockey.

"We are just going to focus on playing our style of hockey and see if our opponents keep up or not." Stuart said, "We still need to get our identity, we need to worry about ourselves."

That approach may be beneficial for the Nitro's, because the Rebels roster appears to have more than two scoring threats as forward Shawn Campbell and defender Vince Bitoni have emerged early as more than a point-per-game players.

Next up is the Golden Rockets (1-4-1-0) on Saturday, a team that the Nitro's beat 5-2 in Golden last weekend. Stuart is optimistic that the team has learned their lesson to not take a team lightly after beating them, which happened against the Columbia Valley Rockies.

"We are going to prepare the same way we did last Saturday [against Golden]. If the players don't respond or are not prepared, or take Golden lightly, it is a clear indicator that they have not learned their lesson from the Columbia Valley game and we have some work to do.

But he added, "I trust the guys, I believe their response to Golden [last week] showed that they have learned their lesson."

Most of all, the Dynamiters are just excited to be back home playing in their own barn where they can use their speed on a larger ice surface.

"We try and tailor a team that fits our home ice more than anything else. I really liked the use of our speed in three of our four road games.

"To be able to use that on a bigger ice surface, should be to our advantage - but we need to do that first, to make it an advantage."

Friday's game against Castlegar starts at 7:30pm at the Civic Centre, and then puck drop is 7:30 on Saturday versus Golden.

Monday, 25 September 2017

The Kimberley Dynamiters learn an early lesson after first loss, splitting weekend games

The Kimberley Dynamiters early season undefeated streak came to an end this past weekend as they crumbled under the Columbia Valley Rockies and downed the Golden Rockets.

Heading into Friday's game in Invermere, the Nitro's were one of three teams that had yet to lose early in the season, and that may have given the Nitro's a large ego.

"It was a lack of preparation," head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said, "and probably a bit of arrogance and cockiness, thinking that we can just show up and win."

The Rockies capitalized quickly on the Nitro's ego and lack of preparation, scoring two power play goals in the first five minutes. The Nitro's were able to stop the bleeding for the remainder of the period.

It was a relentless attack by the Rockies, as they scored another two goals in the middle frame to take a commanding 4-0 lead after 40 minutes.

"There were a lot of bad decisions with the puck, that led to turnovers." Stuart said. "Plus a lack of toughness in our slot in our zone. They out worked us, out hit us, out skated us, they kicked our assess all night long."

In the third period, the Nitro's traded goals with the Rockies, as Brett Roberts and Matt Davies scored. Finally the nightmare came to an end, and the Rockies won 6-2. Interesting fact, the Rockies now have a 5-4-1 home record against the Nitro's in the months of September and October since 2013.

Adam Andersen was in net and did what he could, making 33 saves to prevent the blowout from growing, and according to Stuart, it wouldn't have mattered who was in net, they still would have lost.

The only positive from the game that Stuart could find was James Rota. Rota had played is first game on offence since making the permanent shift from defence to forward, and earned an assist.

But then Stuart added that he was glad the team lost the way they did.

"The loss was actually a good thing. You have to prepare for everybody, the loss was an eye-opener. It was a good thing that we lost, and we think the boys learned from it."

It was apparent that the Nitro's did learn their lesson, as they came out soaring against the Golden Rockets on Saturday. They fired an astounding 18 shots on net.

"They were prepared to go." Stuart said. "They were ready to play Dynamiter hockey regardless of the opponent."

James Farmer got the Dynamiters on the board shortly after the midway point of the first. One would have hoped that with so many shots, there would have been more goals.

Stuart said he had to drill a message into the players during the first intermission, "We are just trying to focus on our actions and not the results, our actions were excellent in the first."

The Rockets then derailed the Nitro's as they were able to sneak in their first goal, and then mere seconds later, the Rockets took a 2-1 lead.

"We didn't react well to the first goal, being scored on shortly after." Stuart said, "Three or four shifts later they seemed to forget about it and resumed with the game plan."

On that fourth shift, the teams top line of the game, stocked with rookies: Austin Lawson, Cam Russell, and Brock Palmer; scored a short-handed goal to tie the game at two.

In the third, the Dynamiters just kept going, kept to their game plan. Davies and Farmer were able to show off their skills as they both completed two different two-on-one's to give the Nitro's a 4-2 lead.

Brandt Bertoia would then force his way through Rockets defenders as the period drew to an end to score an empty-net short-handed goal.

"It was good to see Brandt get a goal," Stuart said, "he had been working hard, he deserved to get rewarded with a goal in the statistics column."

Cody Campbell made 27 saves for his second win of the season. But for Stuart, it was Tyler Van Steinburg, who played a stable game, that was the star of the game.

"He was excellent, I thought he was the best player on the ice. Nothing super flashy. He didn't make any mistakes and made the right decision, excellent with the puck."

Even though the Nitro's lost their first game of the season, they still sit on top of the Eddie Mountain Division with eight points, two ahead of the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. But most of all, they learned an important lesson to prepare for every opponent.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters at Golden Rockets

Kimberley DynamitersvsGolden Rockets
T-1stDivision StandingT-3rd
4.00Offence (GFA)1.80
3.00Defence (GAA)2.60
0.897Goaltending (SV%)0.906
17.86Power Play12.00
90.00Penalty Kill87.50
NRPower RankingNR
3-1-0-0Last 101-3-1-0
Mason Palaga (3G-2A)Top ScorerRyley Bast (1G-3A)
Matt Davies (2G-3A)2nd Top ScorerRyan Partaker (2G-1A)
Brett Roberts (1G-4A)3rd Top ScorerLevi Lambert (1G-2A)
Brant Mack (39)PIM LeaderRyan Taylor (56)

Friday, 22 September 2017

Kimberley Dynamiters take undefeated streak on the road

The Kimberley Dynamiters hit the road this weekend, taking their undefeated streak to start the season on the road. On Friday the Nitro's travel to Invermere to faceoff against the Columbia Valley Rockies, then the next day they head further north to play the Golden Rockets.

The Nitro's have faced the Rockies already this season winning 6-1 at the season home opener. Since then, the Rockies have been winless in five, earning one point in a tie. Better believe the Rockies will be looking for revenge in their own barn against the Nitro's. In season's past, September and October games against the Rockies in Invermere have been struggles. During just those two months since 2013 the Nitro's have gone 4-4-1 in Invermere, and one of those wins was in extra time.

On Saturday, the Dynamiters take on the recently rebranded Rockets, who have three points to their name with one default win and a tie. This will be the first meeting of eight between these two squads. While the Nitro's have had success in Golden, they have at times struggled to get going because they haven't been able to feed off the energy of the crowd, which may be different now as the Rockets have been attracting crowds of 200.

Friday's game starts at 7:30pm at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arean in Invermere, and Saturday's match is at the Golden Arena at 7:30pm.

It's Game Day! Kimberley Dynamiters vs Columbia Valley Rockies

Kimberley DynamitersvsColumbia Valley Rockies
1stDivision Standing5th
4.67Offence (GFA)2.40
2.00Defence (GAA)6.60
0.926Goaltending (SV%)0.843
25.00Power Play7.14
95.45Penalty Kill72.50
NRPower RankingNR
3-0-0-0Last 100-4-1-0
Mason Palaga (3G-2A)Top ScorerTyler Nypower (2G-2A)
Brett Roberts (0G-4A)2nd Top ScorerJoshua Antunes (1G-3A)
Brock Palmer (1G-2A)3rd Top ScorerTyler Bordt (1G-2A)
Luke Reechi (15)PIM LeaderKyler Shmigelsky (21)

Monday, 18 September 2017

Brandon Langridge returns to the Kimberley Dynamiters; Koran & Merkl released

The Kimberley Dynamiters have welcomed back Brandon Langridge to the fold.

Langridge played last season with the Nitro's and scored 10 goals and 15 assists, while amassing 151 penalty minutes in 39 games.

His late arrival to the Nitro's was not due to tryouts, but a work commitment, and said he had always intended to return to the team.

"I had no plans to go anywhere this year," Langridge said, "if I was playing hockey it was going to be in Kimberley."

Part of the draw back was his teammates and hockey savvy Kimberley, "You can't explain the feeling of just being around the boys, and then the atmosphere the fans create during games."

But the main draw was the chance to play for a winning team. "Definitely plan to get further than last year and win the league.

"Last year got cut a little shorter than we all wanted it too. So that should create a fire for all of us that were on the team last year." He said with hope "With new players coming in that should give us the boost we need to get over it."

The Dynamiters organization is also excited to have Langridge back, "We are very excited to have Brandon return." head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said. "The way he intimidated opponents last year with his size and physical play is something we will need on a regular basis from him."

"He will also have an increased expectation to contribute offensively from his coaches and teammates"

However, the Nitro's needed to make room for Langridge to return, and as a result Braiden Koran and Broc Merkl were released.

Koran, a 16 year old local player, scored his first goal this past weekend, and has been returned to his midget team, and will remain apart of the team as an affiliate player.

"Koran thoroughly impressed us with his play and earned a spot on our opening roster." Stuart said, "However, when looking at our projected lineup come December 1st we felt it was best for Braiden's development to return to Midget. With what we saw this past month from Braiden we are very excited about the future impact he will have with the Dynamiters"

Merkl played one fantastic game against the Nelson Leafs making 33 saves, in a close 2-1 game. He was released, but no one should be surprised to see him pop up somewhere else quickly.

"Merkl was a tough one to let go as he practiced hard and played great in his one game. At this point in the season it is almost impossible to trade a rookie goaltender so we felt it was only fair to Broc to release him in hopes he can secure a tryout with another team."

Langridge is expected to be in the lineup this weekend as the team heads on the road to play the Columbia Valley Rockies and Golden Rockets.