Two fierce rivals clash in Kimberley on Friday to open the 2018 KIJHL Playoffs.
The Dynamiters host the Fernie Ghostriders in game one of a best-of-seven series.
Kimberley beat Fernie in all eight matchups during the regular season, outscoring their opponent 39-22.
Dynamiters Head Coach Derek Stuart expects a tight, physical series despite the regular season results.
“With the rivalry and the history of the two organizations we’re expecting it to be a hard series and one that we’re hoping we can come out on top.” says Stuart.
Last season the Nitros edged the Riders 4-2 in the first round.
Stuart says they learned a lot from last year’s six-game series win.
“The one area maybe we learned from is preparation.” explains Stuart. “I thought our losses last year in the playoffs were mainly due to lack of preparation.”
A total of 438 penalty minutes were recorded in the eight games between the two arch rivals.
Mohr says every game moving forward will be an intense battle.
“Two teams that have a healthy respect and a healthy little bit of anger towards each other normally so it’s going to be exciting.” says Mohr.
Mohr says every aspect of the game is elevated in playoffs.
“The checks get a little harder, the puck battles get a little harder.” explains Mohr. “The guys are a little more in tune, a little more mentally focused.”
It all gets started Friday at 7:30 PM at the Kimberley Civic Centre.
– Derek Stuart, Kimberley Dynamiters Head Coach
– Craig Mohr, Fernie Ghostriders Head Coach