The Beaver Valley Nitehawks beat the Grand Forks Border Bruins 4-0 on Monday to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

Beaver Valley Nitehawks put Border Bruins on brink of elimination

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks shut out the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Monday and end the series in Tuesday night's game in Grand Forks.

  • Feb. 28, 2017 11:00 a.m.

The Kramer brothers played a big part in the Beaver Valley Nitehawks shut-out victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins in Game 3 Monday night in Grand Forks to take a strangle hold on the Neil Murdoch Division semifinal series.

Nitehawks goalie Tallon Kramer was perfect in net stopping 28 shots, while younger sibling Damon Kramer scored the winner just over two minutes into the opening frame.

The Nitehawks hold a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and played the Border Bruins Tuesday night, but the score was unavailable at press time. With a victory and a series-sweep, the Nitehawks will play the winner of the Castlegar Rebels-Nelson Leafs series. The Rebels took a 2-1 series lead with a 6-5 overtime victory on Monday.

Kramer netted his first goal of the playoffs on a setup from Bradley Ross and Aiden Browell one second after a penalty to Grand Forks captain Dylan Haney expired.

But it was the Nitehawks penalty kill and Tallon Kramer that rose to the occasion killing three shorthanded situations in the first period alone. The game remained 1-0 through the middle frame despite a 17-shot barrage by the Hawks on Border Bruins netminder Anthony Galliart.

B.V. finally broke through early in the third, following a penalty to Haney for high sticking. The two Tylers, Hartman and Ghirardosi, set up Mitch Foyle, who wired a shot past Galliart for a 2-0 lead, and 29 seconds later Nolan Percival notched his first goal of the playoffs in his first game back since being sidelined for the past month with injury. Dylan Heppler and Kevan McBean assisted on the play.

As expected the intensity amped up in the third, but the Nitehawks kept their cool and the lead with Karsten Jang scoring on the power play on a dish from Jaxen Gemmell and Ross with 3:49 remaining for the 4-0 victory.

B.V. outshot the Border Bruins 44-28, and were 2-for-6 on the power play, while Grand Forks was 0-for-10 with the extra man.

If Game 5 is necessary, the game is scheduled for Thursday night at the Beaver Valley Arena at 7 p.m.

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