The Kimberley Dynamiters try to defend their Eddie Mountain Division title against the Columbia Valley Rockies.
Game one of the division final is Tuesday night at the Civic Centre.
Columbia Valley ousted Creston in six games in the first round while Kimberley knocked out Fernie in five.
Dynamiters captain Brett Roberts says they have to be prepared for the Rockies physical style of play.
“I think that’s one reason why they had success against Creston.” says Roberts. “I’d say that’s probably their biggest strength, big physiciality, they try to intimidate us but we’ll do our best.”
The Dynamiters bested the Rockies seven times in eight games this season.
Nitros captain Brett Roberts says they’re not taking them lightly.
“Just seize the opportunity that we have.” says Roberts. “We could go on a pretty deep playoff push if we play the way we can so I kind of just use that to motivate the guys.”
Both teams went undefeated in their home arena in round one and Roberts believes home ice advantage is critical.
“We have to take advantage of it and win [the first two] games then go into their barn with the mindset that we’re not going to lose.”
Forward Brock Palmer has been the Dynamiters’ biggest point producer through the first round where he picked up two goals and nine assists in five games.
Meanwhile Mike Dyck is leading the way for Columbia Valley with three goals and four assists in six games.
It’s the first time the two teams square off in the second round since 2005.
– Brett Roberts, Kimberley Dynamiters captain