Nitehawks win big on weekend

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks kept their perfect record going with a dramatic 5-4 win over Osoyoos on Saturday.

  • Sep. 20, 2015 11:00 a.m.

Following an 8-0 shutout victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks won its fourth game in a row in dramatic fashion beating the Osoyoos Coyotes 5-4 in overtime on Saturday at the Beaver Valley Arena.

With 52 seconds remaining in the extra frame, Hawks forward Jace Weegar’s goal kept the Hawks’ perfect record intact with the 5-4 win over last year’s regular season champion Osoyoos. Weegar worked the puck low to McCoy Hauk then drove to the front of the net, just as Hauk sent a pass to Fuller in the high slot. Weegar fighting for position in front of the net, deflected Fuller’s shot that just squeaked through the pads of Osoyoos goalie Brett Soles’.

The Coyotes jumped out to a 1-0 first period lead on a goal by Carter Shannon at 7:21, and kept it into the second, outshooting B.V 13-8.

Michael Pruss scored the first of three on the night rippling the mesh at 17:05 with assists going to Shawn Rowe and Allan Pruss to tie it at 1-1. Four minutes later Pruss struck again to put B.V. up 2-1 on a setup from Hauk and Allan Pruss. The Nitehawks fired 20 shots at the Coyotes net in the period while Drake Poirier was steady in the Hawks net blocking 10 shots in the middle frame.

A wild third period saw the Coyotes Rainer Glimpel draw the Coyotes even on a power play, but the Hawks again took the lead when Pruss got his stick on a drive from Blake Sidoni at 13:28 deflecting it  by Soles.

Braden Fuller was called for highsticking midway through the third, and the Coyotes capitalized as Daniel Stone wired a Carter Robinson setup by Poirer to tie it at 3-3.

Both teams had their chances in the second half of the third with end-to-end action that eventually paid off for the Coyotes. Glimpel’s second goal of the game made it 4-3 for Osoyoos with just 76 seconds to play but the game was far from over. With 23 seconds remaining and Poirier on the bench, Fuller fired an Allan Pruss pass by Soles to tie it and force overtime and Weegar’s winning goal.

The Pruss twins combined for seven points with Allan netting four assists and Michael the hat trick, while Hauk and Fuller had two-point nights. B.V. outshot Osoyoos 41-37.

On Friday night, the Nitehawks outshot the Border Bruins 49-20 on their way to an 8-0 drubbing. Fuller netted two goals and an assist while Tyler Hartman had a two point night with a goal and an assist. The Hawks other scorers were Dylan Heppler, Kyle Hope, Devin Nemes, Michael Pruss, and Jaxon Joseph, with Poirier earning the shut out.

The Nitehawks host the Columbia Valley Rockies on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and travel to Castlegar to take on Neil Murdoch division rival Rebels on Sunday at 1 p.m.

See more on the Nitehawks in this weeks Trail Times.