Members of the Nelson Thunder are back row (L-R), coaches: Tyler Rice, Jesse Anast, Cary Gaynor, Will Tait. Standing: Kingston Kemp, Jaxon Slomba, Cooper Anast, Hailey Hutt, Anna Dimopoulos, Kieran Mucha, Hayden Rice. Middle (kneeling): Jake Makasoff, Kian Lhobet, Liam Malpass, Virginia Tait. Front: Brody Arjun, Keagan Gaynor, Ben Stamer. Photo submitted

Nelson Thunder rumble to victory in Kimberley

The Thunder defeated the Cranbrook Trash Pandas in the final

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The Nelson Thunder atom hockey team emerged victorious over the weekend at the Kimberley Atom Invitational.

The Thunder opened their tournament with a convincing 12-0 win over Golden and skated to a 4-4 tie against the Cranbrook Trash Pandas after seeing a 4-1 lead evaporate in the third period. The Thunder finished their round-robin play by ousting the host Kimberley Nitros 5-2.

Those results earned the Thunder a berth into the semifinals against the Castlegar Rebels. The Nelson Thunder broke the scoreless tie with three unanswered goals to end the first period and went on to win 5-2.

In the final, the Thunder rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Trash Pandas for their first gold-medal victory.

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