The Kimberley Dynamiters and Creston Valley Thunder Cats meet for game one of the divisional finals Tuesday.
The Nitros come to the series following a physical and gritty first round match up with the Fernie Ghostriders that pushed to six games.
Creston was able to sweep the Columbia Valley Rockies and have been resting for a week.
Nitros Coach Derek Stuart says the Thunder Cats challenge will be as contrasting from the Fernie series as you can get.
He explains Creston like to play a puck possession game and use their skill and speed to try and attack, while creating action off of the rush by using defensemen.
Stuart thinks it will be a completely opposite game plan and the Nitros will have to mentally switch gears to prepare for their different opponent.
Creston led the two teams regular season series 5-3, but Stuart believes his guys have gained new confidence in their last six games.
He thinks the team has learned, grown and bonded a lot through facing adversity against the Riders.
As references to this claim, Stuart lists the Nitros killing off a nine minute penalty and winning two of three games in a very hostile Fernie Memorial Arena as examples.
The winner of this best of seven series will advance to the Kootenay Conference Finals.
Puck drop for game one is set for 7:30 PM local time.
Kimberley Dynamiters Head Coach, Derek Stuart –
– Keira O’Loughlin
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