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Beaver Valley Nitehawks blow off Steam in Summerland rout

After losing in dying seconds to Princeton Posse, Nitehawks rebound with big road win over Steam
Nitehawks goalie Landin Uzeloc makes a save in an 8-0 shutout victory over Summerland Saturday. Photo: Steve Piccolo

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks broke out of a four-game slump in a big way on Saturday.

After falling 2-1 to the Posse in Princeton on Friday, the Nitehawks rolled over the Summerland Steam 8-0, ending their losing streak, and improving their record to 12-5-0-1.

The four-game slide was surprising after the Nitehawks torrid start that saw the team win eight straight.

Adam Redding had a four-point night with a goal and three assists, while Tim Josza scored twice and added a helper, and Ethan Smyth tallied two goals for the Nitehawks.

The Nitehawks Jake Geranozzo opened the scoring with the game winner one minute into the opening frame on a setup from Beau Manegre and Roan Crowe.

Goals from Ethan Smyth and Josza rounded out the scoring in the first for a 3-0 lead as B.V. outshot the Steam 19-5 through 20 minutes.

Nathan Simm notched his seventh of the season two minutes into the second, and Will Caputo his first midway through the period.

Ethan Smyth scored his seventh of the season on a setup from Joel Smyth to make it 6-0 heading to the third. Goals from Josza and Redding made the final 8-0.

B.V. outshot Summerland 61-13 with Landin Uzeloc earning the victory in net for the Hawks.

On Friday, former Nitehawk Dayton Nelson scored with eight seconds left in regulation to lift the Posse to a 2-1 victory over B.V.

The Nitehawks led 1-0 on a power-play goal from Josza at 3:34 of the first period.

The score remained that way until Posse forward Bryton Morrow tied it with 1:19 to play and Nelson added the dagger before the period was out.

Princeton outshot Beaver Valley 38-31 and improve their record to 14-3 good for first place in the Bill Ohlhausen Division. The Nitehawks sit in second place in the Neil Murdoch Division two points behind the 12-5-1-2 Grand Forks Border Bruins, but have two games in hand.

The Nitehawks return home for a tilt against the Border Bruins on Tuesday, Nov. 21 with the puck drop at 7 p.m.

The Hawks host the 100 Mile House Wranglers on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. and the Nelson Leafs on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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