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Nitros split playoff action in Creston
The Dynamiters and the Thunder Cats traded wins over the weekend to keep the series even at a game apiece heading back into Kimberley.
Creston won the opener on Friday by a score of 4-1, but the Nitros were able to respond with a 4-2 win the following night.
The Dynamiters will host the Thunder Cats at the Civic Centre in Kimberley on Monday and Tuesday evening for Game Three and Game Four.
The Nitros got into a ton of penalty trouble on Friday night, giving up 10 powerplays to Creston as the Thunder Cats skated to a 4-1 win.
Matti Jmaeff and Carson Cartwright scored first period goals for the Thunder Cats, while Brandon Formosa and Seth Schmidt made it a four goal lead on a pair of powerplay goals in the second frame.
Eric Buckley answered back for Kimberley in the final period on a powerplay goal, but that would stand as the only goal from the Nitros side.
Dynamiters goaltender Jeremy Mousseau stood between the pipes, making 36 saves in defeat while Brock Lefebvre notched the win with 16 saves.
Despite getting outshot again on Saturday, the Dynamiters rebounded with a 4-2 win after scoring a trio of goals in the middle period.
Creston opened the scoring on a powerplay goal from Formosa for a 1-0 lead after the first frame.
However, it was all Nitros in the second period, with Jason Richter and Bryce Nielsen scoring powerplay goals, while Bryce Perpelitz added an even strength marker for a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Jmaeff tallied halfway through the final frame with an even strength effort to make it a one-goal game, but Nielsen found the empty net with a minute remaining in the game to seal it up for a Dynamiter win.
Tyson Brouwer stood in the Nitro crease, turning away 27 shots, while Creston netminder Kyle Michalovsky turned away 25 pucks.