The Kimberley Dynamiters have advanced to the KIJHL Kootenay Conference Final for the fourth straight year following a 5-2 win in Game 5 of their Eddie Mountain Division Final series with the Columbia Valley Rockies.
At the Kimberley Civic Centre Monday night, the Dynamiters would score three goals in the third period to break a 2-2 deadlock, winning both the game and the series.
Brandt Bertoia opened the scoring for Kimberley in the first period, beating Rockies netminder Ben Kelsch as the Dynamiters would then add another goal in the second thanks to James Farmer.
Columbia Valley would manage to tie the game ahead of the third period, however. Ryan Skytt would get the Rockies on the board before Chase Hawkins buried a power-play goal in the closing minutes of the final frame to even the score.
Now tied 2-2 midway through the third, Matt Davies would convert on the power play for the Dynamiters while Nicholas Ketola would add an insurance marker less than two minutes later. Ahead 4-2 late in the game, Davies would score his second of the night into the empty net to seal the win and the series for the Dynamiters.
Davies led all Dynamiters players with three points (2 goals, 1 assist) while Cam Russel (2 assists), Bryce Mcdonald (2 assists), and Brandt Bertoia (1 goal, 1 assist) all had multi-point nights.
For Columbia Valley, Joshua Antunes led the team with 2 assists as Skytt and Hawkins were the Rockies' goalscorers.
Eliminated from the playoffs, the Rockies had one of their strongest seasons since 2005 - when they also reached the KIJHL Division Final, only to lose in seven games to the Dynamiters. 2005 was also the last time the Rockies had managed to advance past the first round of the KIJHL playoffs, a feat they managed to complete this season.
Kimberley now advances to its fourth straight KIJHL Conference Final and this time they won't face off with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The last three season, the Dynamiters had met the Nitehawks in the Kootenay Conference Final but the Nelson Leafs where this year's winners of Neil Murdoch Divison Final series. Nelson advanced Monday with a 5-2 win over the Castlegar Rebels, winning the KIJHL Division Final series in five games.
Nelson and Kimberley are expected to open the best-of-seven Kootenay Conference Final this weekend, following the conclusion of both Division Finals in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Tuesday or Wednesday. In both those series, the Osoyoos Coyotes lead the Kelowna Chiefs 3-2 while the Revelstoke Grizzlies own a 3-2 series lead over the 100 Mile House Wranglers.
Following the conclusion of the Eddie Mountain Divison Final, here's a look back at the Kimberley Dynamiters 4-1 series win against the Columbia Valley Rockies:
|1||Tuesday, March 6||7:30 pm MST||Columbia Valley Rockies 1||Kimberley Dynamiters 5||Kimberley Civic Centre|
|2||Wednesday, March 7||7:30 pm MST||Columbia Valley Rockies 1||Kimberley Dynamiters 4||Kimberley Civic Centre|
|3||Friday, March 9||7:30 pm MST||Kimberley Dynamiters 3||Columbia Valley Rockies 1||Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena|
|4||Saturday, March 10||7:30 pm MST||Kimberley Dynamiters 0||Columbia Valley Rockies 1||Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena|
|5||Monday, March 12||7:30 pm MST||Columbia Valley Rockies 2||Kimberley Dynamiters 5||Kimberley Civic Centre|
- Bradley Jones