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Nitros roll through tough schedule
The Nitros picked up four of six possible points this weekend in triple-header action.
With three games in as many nights, the Dynamiters fell to the Leafs in Nelson, before beating the Ghostriders in overtime in Fernie and edging the 100 Mile House Wranglers on home ice.
Kimberley has a slight lead on Fernie for second place in the Eddie Mountain Division, while the Thunder Cats are still in first place by a five-point margin.
On Friday in Nelson, all the scoring took place in the second period, as Jason Richter opened the floodgates for the Nitros before the Leafs answered back with three straight goals for a 3-1 win.
Damel St. Pierre and Troy Petrick scored two minutes apart, and Jamie Vlanich posted a shorthanded effort as Leafs goaltender Brad Rebagliati shut the door the rest of the game.
Tyson Brouwer manned the crease for the Dynamiters, making 24 saves in defeat.
Heading into Fernie on Saturday, Eric Buckley was the overtime hero, scoring at 4:41 to lift the Nitros to a 3-2 victory.
It was their first meeting since a Dec. 29th meeting at the Kimberley Civic Centre that ended with a few injuries and a 7-3 Nitro win.
Bryce Perpelitz had a pair of goals—one that came late in the game to force overtime, while Joel Burgess and Matt MacDonald provided offence for Fernie.
Dynamiters goaltender Jeremy Mousseau picked up the win with 27 saves.
The two teams traded goals in the first period from Perpelitz and Burgess, before MacDonald put Fernie up in the middle frame.
Perpelitz scored a powerplay goal in the third to force the extra frame.
Special teams was a factor, as the Perpelitz’s first goal also came with the man-advantage, while Kimberley’s penalty kill shut out Fernie in seven powerplay opportunities.
A pair of quick goals a minute apart in the second period was enough to give Kimberley the 2-1 win in a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Wranglers.
Buckley and call-up Brandon Becker struck 60 seconds apart in the second period after a scoreless first frame for a two-goal lead.
Henry Hart scored late in the affair to make it a little interesting, but Mousseau and the rest of the Nitros were able to hold on for the win.
The Kimberley goaltender earned his second win of the weekend with a 21 save performance.
Kimberley hits the road next weekend for a rematch in 100 Mile House before heading to Kamloops for a meeting with the Storm.