Kimberley Dynamiters goalie Adam Anderson stopped 19 shots in a 3-0 shut out of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to open the Kootenay Conference championship on Tuesday in Kimberley.
The Dynamiters carried the play from the opening face off, and Spencer Kennedy notched his eighth goal of the post-season to give the Nitros a 1-0 lead. Kennedy scored on a power-play on a setup from Brady Daniels and Braiden Koran at 9:16 of the first period.
Nitehawks goalie Noah Decottignies came up big time and again for the Nitehawks, but Beaver Valley continued its struggles offensively, and were shut down by the league’s top defence. Kimberley allowed just 94 goals through 49 regular season games, for a 1.92 goals against, while averaging almost five goals for. Their differential was an impressive +150 compared to +34 for Beaver Valley.
Veteran defenceman Derian Bamber tallied his first of the playoffs and put Kimberley up 2-0 at 12:42 of the second period as the host team outshot the Hawks 29-13 through two periods.
The Dynamiters Chase Gedny netted his fifth of the playoffs, beating Decottignies at 9:13 of the third for the 3-0 final, with Brady Daniels counting his third assist of the match.
The Game-1 win is the ninth straight playoff victory for the Dynamiters, who swept the Golden Rockets and the Fernie Ghostriders in the previous two rounds. The Nitehawks are coming off a six-game series win over the Nelson Leafs and a four-game sweep of the Grand Forks Border Bruins.
The Nitehawks and Dynamiters are the only teams to win the Kootenay Conference in the past five years. Each team has won the Conference title three times since 2012, with B.V. taking the KIJHL title all three times, and Kimberley winning it all twice.
In the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference the Revelstoke Grizzlies beat the Kelowna Chiefs 3-2 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven match up on Tuesday.
The Nitehawks will try to get back on track and even the series up heading back to B.V. Game 2 was played in Kimberley Wednesday night but too late for the Trail Times press deadline.
Games 3 and 4 go on Friday and Saturday in Fruitvale at the Beaver Valley Arena with the puck drop at 7 p.m.