The Kimberley Dynamiters edged the Creston Valley Thunder Cats 5-4 in overtime last night.
The Nitros trailed 4-0 at one point but a late third period goal from Mason Palaga and the overtime winner from Brock Palmer secured the victory.
Head Coach Derek Stuart says they never felt like they were out of the game.
“We honestly felt like we could’ve had four or five when it was 4-0 for them.” says Stuart. “We just kept plugging away and put some pucks on net, got fortunate with a couple bounces and just built off that.”
Stuart says a strong second half of the game propelled the comeback.
“It was almost a comedy of errors for both teams for a stretch there and then it was a stretch of both teams playing great.” explains Stuart. “I thought in the last half of the third and overtime we kind of took over.”
Stuart adds it was a much better performance than the last time they played Creston when they lost 8-1 on home ice.
Meanwhile the Columbia Valley Rockies edged the Fernie Ghostriders 4-3 on home ice.
Final shots on goal were tallied at 56-52 Fernie but Rockies netminder Joshua King turned aside 53 pucks in the winning effort.
The Riders are now losers of three straight and fall ten points behind the Rockies for third place in the Eddie Mountain Division.
Kimberley climbs seven points up on second place Creston Valley for first in the division.
Fernie resumes play Friday in Creston while Kimberley is back in action Saturday against the Thunder Cats in Kimberley.
– Derek Stuart, Kimberley Dynamiters Head Coach