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Nitros down Riders 5-2 in Game Two
Two down, two to go.
The Kimberley Dynamiters dropped the Ghostriders 5-2 in Game 2 of the KIJHL playoffs in Fernie on Wednesday, one night after defeating their opponents by the same score on home soil.
Tyler Garcia scored twice for the Nitros, while Brandon Becker, Tristan Pagura and Tyson Klingspohn added goals for Kimberley. Dylan Robertson and Spencer Bender answered back for the Riders.
Jeremy Mousseau picked up the win, making 30 saves for the win, while Phoenix Logan-Hill stopped 20 shots in defeat.
Both teams were given five powerplay opportunities; the Nitros scored once, while shutting out the Riders on all their chances with the man-advantage.
Just like Tuesday night in Kimberley, the win came off a surge of goals in the third period.
Garcia opened the scoring with a powerplay goal just over five minutes into the first period, but Robertson tied it up for Fernie a few minutes later.
Becker took the lead early in the second period, however, Bender scored less than two minutes later to knot up the affair.
Garcia broke the tie 10 minutes into the third period, and Pagura added some insurance not long after. Klingspohn tallied a shorthanded empty-netter with 13 seconds left on the clock.
The series returns to Kimberley on Friday night for Game Three.
The Nitros suffered a blow to their forward ranks on Tuesday, when the league handed down a three-game suspension to forward Eric Buckley for a five-minute major and game misconduct on a goaltender interference penalty he took on Tuesday night in Kimberley.
Dynamiters captain Darren Martin is also out of the lineup, along with Rider forward Aidan Geiger, both of whom were given a three game suspension for a staged fight in the final.
Martin and Geiger will be eligible to return for Game 4 of the series in Fernie on Saturday night.