KIJHL: Nitros clip Nitehawks

Kimberley strikes four times in third period to clinch a 6-1 victory over Beaver Valley to open Kootenay Conference final.

Kimberley Dynamiters goaltender Tyson Brouwer makes a save during a 6-1 win over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to open Game One of the Kootenay Conference final in Kimberley on Tuesday evening.

Kimberley Dynamiters goaltender Tyson Brouwer makes a save during a 6-1 win over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to open Game One of the Kootenay Conference final in Kimberley on Tuesday evening.

It was competitive for two periods, but the Kimberley Dynamiters exploded for four goals in the final frame to coast to a 6-1 victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to open the first game of the Kootenay Conference final on Tuesday night at the Kimberley Civic Centre.

Sawyer Hunt scored twice, while Dynamiters goaltender Tyson Brouwer was a brick wall in net, making 27 saves for the win. Kimberley scoring also came from Eric Buckley, Jason Richter, Tyler Van Steinburg and Jared Marchi.

Michael Pruss was the lone response from the Nitehawks, potting a shorthanded goal on a Kimberley turnover. Beaver Valley goaltender Tallon Kramer had a tough night, with 27 saves on 33 shots.

Nitro head coach Jerry Bancks praised his team’s effort.

“I was really pleased with our start to the game, I thought we carried the play in the first period,” Bancks said. “I thought our power play, we didn’t want to score badly enough, we let the goalie see too many pucks and at this level, goalies will save what they can see.

Second period, when they got the shorthanded goal, which is the first one we’ve given up all year, they kind of took it to us a little bit, but we weathered that storm thanks to Tyson Brouwer, who is a phenomenal goaltender.

“And the third period, I thought we took over and got through to their goalie and thought we played a really solid period.”

It was a goaltending battle between Brouwer and Kramer for 40 minutes, but Kimberley’s offence sparked for four goals in the third period — two of which were 12 seconds apart — and proved to be the difference.

Beaver Valley head coach Terry Jones admitted Kramer had a tough third period, but lamented his team’s performance, calling it one of the worst all year.

“I thought it was one of our overall worst efforts of the season,” Jones said. “In the first period, we were hanging on and Tallon was terrific in the first period — to keep it 0-0 is a real testament to how good he is.

“Second period, we came out and our decision-making was so poor, you just can’t give a team like that out-numbered rushes and we just continued to do so.”

Kramer allowed four goals in the final period, which is uncharacteristic of his numbers, amassing a .920 save percentage and 2.60 goals-against average in the regular season.

“The third period, Tallon had an off-period,” Jones admitted. “He’ll be first to say it and he’ll be way better [Wednesday].”

The Nitros opened the game with a strong first period, buoyed by two power-play opportunities that got a lot of looks, but nothing past Kramer. Keenan Haase had one of the best chances, slapping a bullet from the point, but Kramer saw it and flashed the leather for a big save.

Kimberley had four opportunities with the man-advantage, however, they couldn’t convert, despite sending a lot of rubber in Kramer’s direction.

“To me, a power-play is all about getting shots on goal, puck retrieval so you can get as many chances as you can. I thought we were a little bit lazy in terms of trying to screen the goalie,” Bancks said.

“Other than that, I thought it was good. You gotta want to score more and then to score, you got to take away the sight line and bang in the rebound. They can’t control it because they can’t see it.”

The two teams traded quality chances over the first 20 minutes, with Hunt beating Kramer, but not the post near the end of the frame, keeping it scoreless heading into the second period.

A quick strike from Marchi and Hunt just over a minute apart to open the second frame put the Nitros up 2-0. Hunt’s goal, putting the team up by two, came off a botched odd-man rush, as he corralled a loose puck and spun around on the backhand to slide the biscuit past Kramer.

The Nitehawks got a bit of life halfway through the period as the Nitros gave up their only shorthanded marker of the season off a bad turnover in the defensive zone. With Brouwer way out of his net, Pruss intercepted a pass and buried the puck into a wide open cage.

The two teams continued to trade chances, but the Nitros struck twice in quick fashion once again early in the third period.

Richter blitzed down the right wing and snapped a shot past Kramer 4:45 into the frame and 12 seconds later, Buckley beat the Nitehawks goaltender though the five-hole on a rush down the left wing, putting the team up 4-1.

Four minutes later, Haase collected a loose puck in the offensive zone and fired a shot on net, which deflected off of Hunt’s skate and through Kramer.

Van Steinburg rounded out the scoring with a solo effort, gaining the zone, undressing a Nitehawks defencemen and sneaking a backhand top shelf for a highlight-reel goal with five minutes left in the game.

Haase, who finished the game with three assists, noted that the Nitros handled Beaver Valley’s physicality well and knew that if they peppered Kramer with shots, the goals would come.

“Some of those goals were pretty nice, top shelf, but I think we just tried to get every shot we could towards the net and make sure they were quality shots,” Haase said.

Game 2 goes down in Kimberley on Wednesday evening at the Civic Centre, with puck drop at 7 p.m.

The two teams only faced each other twice during the regular season; Kimberley won the opening matchup at 4-2, before escaping with a 4-3 overtime win in their second meeting.

“Anytime you play a Terry Jones-coached hockey team, they’re a good team,” said Bancks. “Because they’re so successful year after year, they have players that want to go there, so they recruit good players, they play a good, honest hockey game.

“They’re fairly physical, they skate well and they execute and are fairly disciplined…so it’s a challenge to beat them. They have a tremendous history over there so it’s nice to be up 1-0.”

Even though the two teams have only met twice, Jones offered his take on the Dynamiters.

“We know their top five players are elite players,” Jones said. “The power-play unit with those five players is very dangerous. Their supporting cast, with guys like Hunt who seem to be on the scoresheet against us all the time, is very, very solid.

“They’re a hard working, well-coached team. We know them well. We’ve studied them, we’ve watched video, we just didn’t play very well tonight.”

Tuesday, March 15

Beaver Valley Nitehawks 1 at Kimberley Dynamiters 6

First Period – No scoring

Second Period1. KIM – J. Marchi, (T. Wit, J. Richter), 0:552. KIM – S. Hunt, (E. Buckley, K. Haase), 1:563. BVN – M. Pruss, (unassisted), 6:11 (SH)

Third Period4. KIM – J. Richter, (T. Wit, Ty. Van Steinburg), 3:455. KIM – E. Buckley, (J. Meier, K. Haase), 3:576. KIM – S. Hunt, (K. Haase, D. Langelaar), 7:217. KIM – Ty. Van Steinburg, (J. Meier), 14:11

Shots 1 2 3 TBeaver Valley Nitehawks 7 9 12 28Kimberley Dynamiters 14 11 8 33

Goaltenders Saves Mins SV%BVN – Tallon Kramer 27/33 60:00 0.818KIM – Tyson Brouwer 27/28 60:00 0.964

Power plays: BVN – 0/3 (00.0%); KIM – 0/4 (00.0%)Attendance: 705

Kootenay Conference Championship

Beaver Valley Nitehawks (2) vs. Kimberley Dynamiters (1)DYNAMITERS LEAD SERIES 1-0Game 1 – Nitehawks 1 at Dynamiters 6Game 2 – March 16 at Kimberley Civic Centre (7 p.m.)Game 3 – March 18 at Beaver Valley Arena (8:30 p.m.)Game 4 – March 19 at Beaver Valley Arena (8:30 p.m.)*Game 5 – March 21 at Kimberley Civic Centre (7 p.m.)*Game 6 – March 22 at Beaver Valley Arena (8 p.m.)*Game 7 – March 24 at Kimberley Civic Centre (7 p.m.)

* = if necessary; all times listed are Mountain

 

Just Posted

J. L. Crowe Secondary will host the convocation for 2021 Graduates on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Photo: Jim Bailey
Convocation goes Saturday with Kootenay Columbia grads in learning groups, no parents

Parents can live-stream the ceremony of their 2021 graduates online

Clarice Tuai, seen in front of the ‘50 Objects for 50 Years’ exhibit, is a summer student for the Trail museum/visitors centre. Photo: Sheri Regnier
Trail museum invites everyone to visit new Doukhobor exhibit

‘50 Objects for 50 Years’ runs until October 1

Students at Creston Valley Secondary School put together an art installation of a replica residential school room. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Creston students create art installation of residential school room

The replica was decorated with a small bed, school uniform, and notes written with pleas for help

A living wage sets a higher standard than the minimum wage; it is what a family needs to earn to provide the basic needs based on the actual costs of living in a community.
Fruitvale now a living wage employer

“I’m really excited that Fruitvale is leading the charge for municipalities locally,” Morissette said.

Black Press file photo
West Kootenay communities behind provincial COVID-19 vaccination rate

Only Trail is at the provincial average for vaccinations

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

An old growth cedar stands in a cut-block within the Caycuse Valley. More than 100 prominent Canadians, have signed an open letter calling for the immediate protection of all remaining old-growth forests in B.C. (Submitted)
Brian Mulroney and Greta Thunberg among 100 celebrities pushing to save B.C. old growth

List includes Indigenous leaders, scientists, authors, Oscar winners

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on Friday, February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
U.S. border restrictions to remain in place until at least July 21

Safety minister says Canada, U.S. extending restrictions on non-essential international travel

Himalayan Life helped finance the construction of Nepal’s Yangri Academic Centre and dormitories after a 2015 earthquake devastated the valley, killing more than 9,000 people. (Screen grab/Peter Schaeublin)
B.C. charity founder pledges to rebuild Nepalese school swept away by flash floods

Six years after an earthquake killed more than 9,000 people, Nepal faces another catastrophy

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

Most Read