Starting a stretch of 3 games in 2.5 days, the Summerland Steam rolled into Kimberly on Friday night looking to stay hot and keep up with the division leading Osoyoos Coyotes. Unfortunately the only thing that was hot was Kimberly goaltender Tyson Brouwer, who stopped 31 Steam shots to shut Summerland out for the first time this season. Brouwer was stellar on this night, as the Steam poured shots at the Kimberly net right from the start. On the night the shot clock would read 31-19 in favor of the Summerland Steam, but the shot clock and the score clock said 2 different things at the end of the night. Kimberly used some undisciplined play by the Steam to their advantage and connected twice on the powerplay en route to a 3-0 win.
The first period was a scoreless one, but it wasn't uneventful. It was highlighted by Kimberly's Eric Buckley taking a healthy run at Steam goaltender Brett Huber with 6:46 to go in the first period. Buckley received 5 minutes for goaltender interference and a game misconduct for his trouble, and Huber would shake it off and stay in the game.
The scoring wouldn't get started until the midpoint of the 2nd period when Jordan Roy opened the scoring for the Dynamiters. It was a shot from about 20 feet out that got up and over Brett Huber on a Kimberly Powerplay to give the Nitros a 1-0 lead.
Despite their best efforts, the Steam could not beat the Kimberly goaltender, Brouwer, who was easily the first star of the hockey game. As the Steam continued to pester him with shots, he stood tall until the Dynamiters got another goal on the powerplay. This time it was Jason Richter with a timely goal after a Summerland penalty to extend the lead to 2. Marco Campanella would then add an empty net goal with :36 on the clock to secure the victory for the Kimberly Dynamiters.
After the loss last night, the Steam are going to have to have a quick rebound as they head to Fernie to face the Ghostriders on Saturday night. In their last meeting, the Steam skated away with a 3-1 win in Summerland after getting goals from Coleton Fisher, Braden Saretsky, and Wyatt Gale. They'll need that balanced scoring attack again tonight in a hostile barn in Fernie where nothing comes easy to any visiting opponent.
Puck drop is at 730 MST (6:30 in Summerland) and you can catch the call at KIJHL.ca!