The Kimberley Dynamiters had a goal of finishing the season at the top of the league, and that’s exactly what they did.
The Nitros earned 38 wins in 47 games and closed the season with nine consecutive victories.
Head Coach Derek Stuart says they still have another goal ahead of them, and it’s the biggest of them all.
“We want to win a championship.” says Stuart. “We feel we have a team that can contend in the playoffs and win the whole thing so it starts on Friday night against Fernie and it’s not going to be an easy road whatsoever.”
Stuart says their mentality remains the same moving into the postseason.
“For us to be able to get to where we want to get to we need to just have a game-by-game focus which we’ve had all year and hopefully that will carry through to success.” explains Stuart.
The Kimberley bench boss admits he wasn’t sure the team was capable of being the best in the league following training camp in September.
“I didn’t know exactly where we were going to be.” says Stuart. “I had a feeling Nelson and Castlegar would be pretty strong this year so to win the entire league like we did was sort of exceeding our expectations.”
Rookie forward Brock Palmer led the team in points through the regular season with 25 goals and 33 assists in 45 games.
Sophomore netminder Cody Campbell finished the campaign with a 2.17 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.
The Dynamiters are undefeated against the Ghostriders this season and will face them in the first round for the third straight year.
That gets underway at the Kimberley Civic Centre Friday.
– Derek Stuart, Kimberley Dynamiters Head Coach