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Strong weekend for Dynamiters and Rockies, Bucks split weekend matchups

The Kimberley Dynamiters and Columbia Valley Rockies had another strong weekend in the KIJHL as the two teams top the division.

The Rockies started the weekend with a 5-4 loss to the Castlegar Rebels.

On Saturday they won against the Grandforks Border Bruins 3-2 followed by a dominant 7-4 win over the Spokane Chiefs.

It was the third game this season where the Rockies have scored seven goals.

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“Anytime you get four of a possible six points or you’re on a three-game road trip like that you’re going to leave happy,” said head coach and GM Taylor Sincennes.

“There are definitely bits and pieces we need to get better at, but I think battling through the adversity of being tired and lots of travel in three new cities for our young group was an impressive outcome.”

The Dynamiters had two matchups over the weekend and won both.

They defeated the Creston Valley Thundercats 5-4 and the Nelson Leafs 6-1.

“I think Friday night we kind of stole one in Creston,” said Nitros head coach and GM Derek Stuart.

“We played one good period and I think our goaltender hung us in there in the first half of the game. Saturday was probably our best game of the year thus far and we deserved to win that one.”

The Golden Rockets went 1-2 last weekend.

The Rockets fell to Beaver Valley 5-1, they then won 4-2 over the Spokane Chiefs but lost in a close 3-2 game against Castlegar.

“We’re always working on our discipline and I think this weekend was a good example of that,” said head coach and GM Chuck Wight.

“There were some inopportune penalties taken that kind of took the momentum away from us and the game that we did win on Saturday was kind of the other way.”

The Fernie Ghostriders had one matchup over the weekend and lost 4-3 to the Leafs.

They play tonight against Creston.

Over in the BCHL, the Cranbrook Bucks split their games.

The team beat the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday 2-1 but fell 6-1 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

“Just going to continue to work through growing with our group getting everybody on the same page here,” said head coach and GM Ryan Donald.

“We’re trying to get guys acclimated and up to speed and it’s good to kind of see where we’re going to have to be and areas we can improve.”

The Bucks’ home opener is this weekend with a back-to-back against the Merritt Centennials.


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