KIJHL Notebook


The KIJHL Finals is now a best-of-three battle for the Teck Cup with the Princeton Posse and Kimberley Dynamiters returning to Princeton for Game 5. After four games, the series hasn’t lacked offence with the teams combining for 25 goals, an average of 6.25 goals per game. 

When it comes to special teams, the Dynamiters are 1-for-24 on the power-play, while the Posse are 5-for-28.

The Posse are showing their ability to produce, which the Kimberley Bulletin reported on following Game 4, but also mentioned the play of goalie Peyton Trzaska.

“He’s a fantastic goaltender, but we’ve got one too and we’ve just got to get more traffic in front of their net,” Dynamiters Head Coach-GM Derek Stuart said to the Bulletin. “Our speed does kill them, but unfortunately we weren’t ready tonight and we didn’t bring any speed.”

Dayton Nelson, Brayden Bablitz and Anmol Garcha lead the Princeton Posse with six points in the KIJHL Finals. Nelson and Bablitz have four goals each, while Garcha leads with five assists. Six Posse players, including Garcha have one goal.

Goalie Peyton Trzaska has allowed 10 goals on 144 shots for a 2.30 GAA and a .932 SP. In Game 4, he stopped 21 of 22 shots with 11 of them coming in the first period. In his last three games, Trzaska according to Instat, the KIJHL’s exclusive video and analytics partner, has a .950 SP and his scoring chance save percentage is at 71 per cent.

Special teams fact:  In these playoffs, the Posse execute at 32.6 per cent on the power-play at home, and 4.3 per cent on the road.

Posse Head Coach Mark Readman said a big piece for them is playing with pace.

“We want to make sure we are playing fast, and playing a skilled game,” he said. “The Dynamiters are big, they are heavy, they are physical, and they want to dominate possession and drag you into the trenches. For us it’s about keeping our heads on straight and managing pucks well, but also playing with as much pace as we possibly can.”

The Dynamiters have lived up to their physical presence out hitting the Posse 74-60.

Cam Reid has been a playmaking king for the Dynamiters with six assists in the series and the KIJHL’s Best Defenceman was named Top Defenceman in this week’s Instat KIJHL 3 Stars of the Week for racking up five assists in two games. While he leads the way in assists, Campbell McLean and Christian Mealey lead with three goals, and have five and four points, respectively.

Goalie Trystan Self has allowed 14 goals and 97 shots for a 3.58 GAA and a .856 SP. Matt Fleet saw his first action of the series stopping all 11 shots he faced in 27 minutes of action in Game 4. 

Special teams fact: The Dynamiters have executed at 4.7 per cent at home, while on the road they are 23.4 per cent.

Following their Game 3 win, Stuart told the Bulletin that he thinks this team reminds him a lot of the 2018 squad that won the Teck Cup.

“These guys, you see them on the road trips hanging out with different guys, there’s no cliques or anything. They’re playing for each other and they’re as tight a group as I’ve ever seen.”