The Dynamiters were mauled 8-1 by the Thunder Cats Saturday night, and are now winless against Creston Valley through three meeting so far this season.
Kimberley Head Coach Derek Stuart says they haven’t been able to solve Creston’s offence.
“If we’re going to continue to let them do whatever they want with the puck and not pressure guys and sit back in awe of them then they’re going to kick our butts everytime.” says Stuart.
The T-Cats have moved within four points behind the Nitros for first place in the Eddie Mountain Division.
Stuart says they need to elevate their game against a team that’s right on their tail.
“We’ve played great against Beaver Valley, we’ve beat Nelson twice, it’s just Creston.” says Stuart. “I don’t know if it’s a mental block or what it is but our fast guys look slow and that’s usually an indication of being intimidated or a little bit scared to make a mistake or having pressure to win or whatnot but when our fast guys look slow it’s a pretty clear indicator we’re in big trouble.”
Creston Valley has outscored Kimberley 13-5 in the season series.
The Thunder Cats are surging as of late, winners of eight of their last nine and having picked up at least a point in each one of those outings.
The Dynamiters are also just 2 for 11 on the power play versus the Thunder Cats this season.
The two division rivals will meet again December 5 at Johnny Bucyk Arena in Creston.
– Derek Stuart, Kimberley Dynamiters Head Coach