KIJHL Notebook: Clutch performers


Congratulations to the Kimberley Dynamiters who advanced to the KIJHL Teck Cup Final for the fifth time in seven years. They will be trying to win their fourth league title, and first since 2017-18. Kimberley’s first league title was won in 1979-80 when the Knights defeated the Trail Junior Smoke Eaters.

With the Dynamiters advancing to the league final, Campbell McLean and Christian Mealey can continue to climb the points leaderboard. They are six behind Creston Valley Thunder Cats Luke Chakrabarti and Blake Anderson, who have maintained their lead with 23 points.

Tristan Weill was a key piece to the Kimberley Dynamiters sweeping its series against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks yesterday. The West Kelowna product had two goals and two assists, with both goals being winners and he assisted on another winning goal by Jayden Kostiuk. 

Weill joined the Dynamiters from the Summerland Steam, where last season he helped his team advance to the second round of the Teck Cup championships and had four goals and 14 points in 11 games. This post-season, Weill has four goals and 11 points in 14 games, giving him a career total of 25 points in 25 games.

In goal, Trystan Self won three games stopping 95 of 101 shots for a .941 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average. Matt Fleet stopped 32 of 33 shots in his lone game for the other Dynamiters win.

Peyton Trzaska has allowed eight goals on 150 shots for a .947 SP and a 1.91 GAA in four games for the Princeton Posse. Rookie Brennan Watterson and Sean Mitchell lead with three points each, while Watterson is the lone player with two goals. Mitchell, Brayden Bablitz and Ty Russell each have a goal in the Okanagan Conference Final.  Of the five goals the Posse have scored against the Grizzlies, two have come on the power-play. The Posse have had 20 power-plays in the series.
Carter Bettenson and Kaleb West lead the Revelstoke Grizzlies with three points. Bettenson’s are all goals, while West’s are all assists. The other Grizzlies’ goal scorers are Jake Wallace (seven), Porter Trevelyan (two), Kurtis Kinoshita (one), Owen Chamberland (two) and Kesler Fyfe (one). Goalie Jozef Kuchaslo has put up stingy numbers with 137 saves on 142 shots for a .965 SP and a 1.19 GAA and one shutout. Kuchalso has three shutouts this post-season.