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.