The Kimberley Dynamiters are in Creston Valley taking on the Thunder Cats Tuesday night.
The Dynamiters have been unable to solve the T-Cats this season losing twice, 3-2 and 8-1 and tying once 2-2.
Head Coach Derek Stuart says they’re not focusing on anything tactical, they just need to play their game.
“[We need to] trust our speed and trust our intincts and not sit back and play too cautious.” says Stuart.
Kimberley is coming off a strong weekend where they topped the Fernie Ghostriders 3-2 and Columbia Valley Rockies 5-2.
“I thought we created a lot of scoring chances 5-on-5.” says Stuart. “Both goalies we faced [last] weekend were excellent so it was good practice for us in terms of not scoring everytime we get a chance which made the games a lot closer on the scoreboard so it helped our guys place defensively.”
Brock Palmer continues to lead the Nitros in scoring with 39 points in 27 games.
Six Kimberley players are averaging at least a point per game (Palmer, Matt Davies, Brandt Bertoia, Nicholas Ketola, James Farmer and Chase Gedny) and only three Creston players are producing at the same rate (Liam Plunkett, Ronnie Wilkie, Justen James).
Mason Palaga also returns to the Dynamiters lineup from a two game suspension he earned in the last meeting between Kimberley and Creston.
Stuart says they hope to build off a strong start to December after an average performance through November in which they only won four of eight games.
“I think teams need to struggle a little bit at some point in the season to face some adversity so we’ve gone through that in November and December’s been perfect so far and we’re looking to extend that [Tuesday].”
– Derek Stuart, Kimberley Dynamiters Head Coach (full interview)