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Nitros conquer Rockets, fall to Thunder Cats

Dynamiters goaltender Tyson Brouwer dives for a save during KIJHL action against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.  - Trevor Crawley photo
Dynamiters goaltender Tyson Brouwer dives for a save during KIJHL action against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.
— image credit: Trevor Crawley photo

The rocket's red glare didn't faze the Kimberley Dynamiters this weekend, but the Thunder Cats were harder to handle.

The Nitros edged out a 2-1 road win in Golden on Friday night, however, Creston spoiled the party on home ice with a 4-2 victory on Saturday evening.

The T-Cats are leading the division, making it an especially important game between the two teams.

Brandon Formosa was the most dangerous player in the game, leading Creston to the win with a hat trick. Logan Styler added the other goal, while Eric Buckley and Brady Revie provided offence for the Nitros.

Tyson Brouwer stood in goal for the Dynamiters, making 39 saves, while T-Cats netminder Kyle Michalovsky had a relatively easy night with 19 shots.

Both teams were good for one goal in two chances on the powerplay.

Creston had a 1-0 lead after the first period on Formosa's first, and Styler doubled it in the middle frame with Styler's goal on the powerplay.

But the Nitros mounted a comeback as Buckley scored a powerplay goal and Revie lit the goal lamp to knot it at 2-2 after 40 minutes.

Near the halfway mark of the final period, Formosa tallied his second goal to take a tenuous lead, but completed his hat trick in the last two minutes to seal up the win for the T-Cats.

Kimberley still sits in second place in the Eddie Mountain Division, with Creston firmly ahead with an 11-point lead.

It was a better result the night before in Golden, as Kimberley engineered a third-period comeback for a 2-1 win.

Coltin Berard scored 12 minutes into the first period, and the Rockets rode the one goal lead until the final 20 minutes.

Five minutes into the third period, Jason Richter made it a tie game, and Nitros captain Darren Martin pulled the team ahead at 8:15.

Shots were relatively even for both teams—Jeremy Mousseau made 19 saves for the Dynamiters, while Brian Parsons made 16 stops for the Rockets.

Kimberley was denied on five powerplay opportunities, while Golden couldn't generate anything in three chances with the man-advantage.

Kimberley has a bit of a break this week before heading down south to Spokane for a meeting with the Braves next Friday.

 

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