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Nitros wrap up preseason with 4-1 win over Rockies
In a rematch up in Invermere, the Kimberley Dynamiters skated away with a 4-1 win over the Columbia Valley Rockies on Saturday night.
It wraps up their two-game exhibition season, which began with a tilt against the same team in Kimberley last week that ended in a 3-3 tie.
Eric Buckley, Austin Hancherow, Jared Marchi and Tyson Klingspohn supplied the offence for the Nitros.
Jeremy Mousseau and Braydon Rubisch shared netminding duties for the club, splitting the game at the halfway mark.
Dynamiters head coach Jerry Bancks said he was very impressed with his team’s second outing.
“It went really well,” Bancks said. “I thought we showed a lot of growth as a team, we had a different group of veterans in the lineup and both goaltenders played really well.
“Mousseau, especially, probably early in the game, kept us in it, then I though we just out-skated them a little bit in the second and third and just took over in the third.”
The Nitros have released two more players, but gained Dylan Sibbald, a veteran from last year who was cut from the Wenatchee Wild, in the NAHL, and currently carry a roster of 24 skaters.
Bancks is taking a wait and see approach to see what will happen with other players that get released from Jr. A teams.
“I’m very happy with what we’ve got here,” said Bancks. “They’ve worked really hard, we had a good workout at the track and they pushed themselves really hard and we seem to be pulling together as a team, so you don’t really want to disrupt that.
“But they also have to play up to your expectations and if they can do that, hopefully we don’t have to make a lot of changes.”