Two top teams with two elite goaltenders go to battle in Game One of the Kootenay Conference Final on Friday night.
The Kimberley Dynamiters and Nelson Leafs square off at the Kimberley Civic Centre.
Nitros puck stopper Cody Campbell leads the league in goals against average this postseason (1.77) while the Leafs’ Josh Williams is a close second (2.24).
Campbell knows it’s not going to get any easier from this point on.
“Obviously with less and less teams being in the playoffs now everybody’s going to be at an elevated game and I think we’re going to elevate our game to make sure that we’re ready to go.” says Campbell.
Kimberley hasn’t seen Nelson since January 6 when they were shutout 3-0 at the Nelson & District Community Complex.
The Dynamiters remain undefeated on home ice in the playoffs and have only lost one game in regulation at the Civic Centre all season.
Campbell says home ice advantage is extremely important.
“The good news is while we familiarize [ourselves] with them, it’ll be in a rink where we don’t have to learn anything.” says Campbell. “It’s a place where we practice everyday and we’ve played 25 to 30 games already this year so it’s big and playing in front of our fans is huge for us.”
The Dynamiters veteran netminder gave up no more than two goals in each game of the Eddie Mountain Division Final versus Columbia Valley.
Kimberley and Nelson are right back at it for Game Two on Saturday following Friday’s series opener.
Elsewhere, the Osoyoos Coyotes and Revelstoke Grizzlies kick off the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Final on Saturday at the Revelstoke Forum.
– Cody Campbell, Kimberley Dynamiters goaltender