The Kimberley Dynamiters and Columbia Valley Rockies are right back at it for game two of the Eddie Mountain Division final on Wednesday.
The Nitros breezed by the Rockies 5-1 in game one on Tuesday night to pull ahead in the best-of-seven series.
Dynamiters forward Brandt Bertoia says it’s crucial to pick up another win in their own barn before they hit the road.
“I feel like we get more hyped up before a game when we’re at home.” says Bertoia. “We love this rink and have a huge advantage because it’s a bigger rink and we’re a fast team so we use our skating ability more.”
Kimberley is undefeated at home in the playoffs and had one regulation loss at home all season.
Bertoia adds winning at home is cruical because the Rockies will be even tougher to beat on the road.
Columbia Valley also has yet to lose on home ice in the playoffs. They lost 8-1 and 7-1 to Creston Valley in the first round on the road but bounced back each time in Invermere and would eventually secure the series victory.
Bertoia says the Dynamiters can’t let up the intensity on Wednesday.
“It comes down to who wants it more.” says Bertoia. “Creston didn’t want it so then [Columbia Valley] bounced back because they actually wanted to keep going.”
The 20-year old picked up a pair of points in game one to increase his playoff total to five in four games.
Puck drops for game two at 7:30 PM at the Kimberley Civic Centre.
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– Brandt Bertoia, Kimberley Dynamiters forward