Saturday, 14 April 2018

Cyclone Taylor Cup 2018 Game Three Report: Nitro's play worst game, lose 9-0

The Kimberley Dynamiters played their worst game of the year when the opportunity to play in the Gold Medal game at the Cyclone Taylor Cup was on the line.

It was the third game in three days and the Dynamiters had planned prior to the game to start Adam Andersen. It was Andersen's first game since March 10 when he made 19 saves in a 1-0 loss to the Columbia Valley Rockies.

"I have spoken to many coaches that have been in this tournament before," Nitro's head coach and general manager Derek Stuart said, "and their number one recommendation, and advice that I received from all of them, is that you can't play one guy four games in four days.

"Talked it over with the staff, talked it over with Campbell. There wasn't anyone that thought for a second we should play Campbell all four games."

Entering the game, the Nitro's knew that the Campbell River Storm, winless so far at the tournament, would be desperate.

And that is exactly what the Storm were, and the Dynamiters were not. The Storm scored four goals by the 9:17 mark of the first, chasing Andersen from the net.

"We could have had Patrick Roy in net tonight, and it wouldn't have mattered."

The Storm continued their relentless pursuit for goals, scoring 1:45 into the second period. They would later add two more goals to finish the period up 7-0.

Andersen would return to the net for the third period. Nothing was going to stop Campbell River, they piled on two more goals to secure a 9-0 win. Seven different players were in on the scoring.

After the game, the Dynamiters looked dejected.

"Today was complete domination, it was ugly. This was by far our worst game. It was a complete ass kicking.

"We will let this one sting for a bit, it is what we deserve."

With the loss the Dynamiters will be competing for the Bronze Medal on Sunday.

For the Nitro's, they want one more crack at the Storm, and hope to see them in the Bronze Medal game.

"It will be a lot easier for us to be motivated if we get to play Campbell River again."

Lucky for them, that is exactly who they will be facing at 11am MDT.

"We will be relaying the message that our season is not over, coming home with a bronze medal is a heck of a lot better than coming home in fourth place."

Gold Medal Match: The Richmond Sockeyes booked their ticket to the Gold Medal Game against the Delta Ice Hawks by defeating the Ice Hawks 5-3. The Sockeyes lead the tournament in points with 6. The game will be played at 2pm MDT.

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