The Kimberley Dynamiters were not themselves in a 2-2 tie against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats Tuesday night.
This from forward Brandt Bertoria who scored his 10th of the season with 5:33 remaining in the third period to level the score and push the Dynamiters into extra time against their Eddie Mountain division rival.
Bertoia tapped in a Cam Russell pass on an odd man rush to even the match and ultimately earn Kimberley a point on the night.
However, the Unity, Saskatchewan product suggests his team had a sub-par performance overall.
Bertoia concedes Creston Valley was the better team in the first 40 minutes.
He admits Kimberley was outplayed, out shot, out hit, out everything.
The second year Dynamiters says they were able to mount a fight in the third but it was too late.
Bertoia believes it did show character to battle back and take their opponents the distance.
The club was tired, but the 19 year old says they pushed as hard as they could and feels they played their hearts out to wrap up regulation.
Bertoia knows the Nitros will have their hands full with the T-Cats all season long but argues down the stretch they’ll prove who the better team is.
But next, the Nitros turn their attention to the Beaver Valley Nite Hawks.
They’ll try to build off that late game momentum versus the Thunder Cats when they host the defending champion Nite Hawks Saturday – a week after they picked apart Beaver Valley 7-2.