Dynamiters and Rockies Stay Strong at Home, Ghostriders and Rockets Split Road Trip

The entire Eddie Mountain Division was in action over the Thanksgiving weekend in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) as the Kimberley Dynamiters and Columbia Valley Rockies both remain atop the division.

The Dynamiters and Rockies were both at home over the weekend, and both swept their out-of-division opponents.

At the Kimberley Civic Centre, the Dynamiters downed the Kamloops Storm 4-3 before a 6-2 win over the Castlegar Rebels. Spencer Kennedy led the team over the weekend with four points (two goals, two assists) while Adam Andersen and Brett Anderson both be splitting time in net, each earning their fourth wins of the year. The Dynamiters lead the Eddie Mountain Division with 16 points (8-2-0-0-0) through 10 games.

Over at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere, the Columbia Valley Rockies also handled their competition, defeating the Sicamous Eagles 6-3 ahead of a 6-0 shutout win over Kamloops. Gavin Fleck (two goals, two assists) and Zachary Giacobbo (one goal, three assists) were the team leaders over the weekend, each grabbing four points over the two games. In his fourth start of the season Saturday, Ty Grant earned the shutout to improve to 3-1 in the Rockies crease. Playing nine games this season, the Rockies sit second in the Eddie Mountain Division with 14 points (7-2-0-0-0).

The Fernie Ghostriders, Creston Valley Thunder Cats, and Golden Rockets played all their weekend games on the road as the Thunder Cats struggled to have success while the Ghostriders and Rockets split their matchups.

In Princeton on Friday, the Ghostriders fell 3-2 in overtime before rebounding with a big 8-2 win over the Osoyoos Coyotes. Snapping their four-game winning streak, Fernie lost a nailbiter in Princeton after giving up three unanswered goals to close out the game. Dylan Defosse helped lead the team back to victory the following night in Osoyoos by netting a hat-trick and tacking on one assist, also scoring in Friday's loss to put up five points on the road trip. The Ghostriders remain in the hunt for the Eddie Mountain Division lead through nine games, boasting a 6-2-0-0-1 record.

The Thunder Cats struggled all weekend as they continue to fall in the standings. Having lost four of their last five games, Creston didn't find success in the Okanagan, losing 5-2 in Armstrong on Friday to the North Okanagan Knights ahead of a 10-1 blowout loss the following night to the Kelowna Chiefs. Serving as a weekend to forget for the Thunder Cats, Creston will look to get back on track this upcoming weekend against the Nelson Leafs and Fernie Ghostriders. Creston currently sits last place in the Eddie Mountain Division with a 3-6-0-0-1 record with ten games under their belt.

Serving as the surprise of the season so far, the Golden Rockets continue to win hockey games. Entering the weekend on a two-game slide, the Rockets split their games with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Spokane Braves and a 6-4 win over the Grand Forks Border Bruins. 5-4-0-0-1 in their first ten games of the KIJHL season, the Rockets have already eclipsed last year's win total, only mustering up three wins in 47 games in 2017/18. Dominic Turner was Golden's go-to-guy over the weekend, putting up six points (four goals, two assists) as the 18-year-old rookie now has 16 points in eight games, including 11 goals.

- Bradley Jones

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