The Kimberley Dynamiters have punched their ticket to the second round of the KIJHL playoffs.
The Nitros edged the Fernie Ghostriders 2-1 in overtime Wednesday night to take their division semi-final series in five games.
The Riders held a 1-0 lead late into the third period but the Dynamiters’ Brock Palmer scored with less than a minute remaining to send the two teams to overtime for the second straight night.
It was Kimberley’s James Farmer that would net the game winner twelve minutes into the extra frame, spelling the end of the Fernie Ghostriders’ season.
Kimberley Head Coach Derek Stuart says Fernie didn’t go down without a fight.
“I think we got a little bit lucky in terms of them running out of bodies and being a bit fatigued but we just kept throwing pucks at the net and got one off a rebound with [Brock] Palmer and were lucky enough [James] Farmer found a soft spot in overtime and got a pass that he could put in the net.” says Stuart.
This is the fifth straight year the Dynamiters have made it out of the first round.
Stuart says the series win is just one step closer to their championship goal.
“The players I have with the team this year I know are extremely excited to move on and get past Fernie and get on to whoever we play next.”
Palmer, the regular season scoring leader for the Dynamiters, is leading the way in the postseason as well with 11 points in five games while Farmer has picked up nine in five contests.
Kimberley will either play the Columbia Valley Rockies or Creston Valley Thunder Cats next round.
The Rockies currently lead the T-Cats three games to one with game five Thursday in Creston.
– Derek Stuart, Kimberley Dynamiters Head Coach