It was a tale of two different teams that put on the Beaver Valley Nitehawks jersey on the weekend as the Hawks rebounded from an 8-1 pasting by the Fernie Ghostriders at home on Friday, to beat the Nelson Leafs 4-1 on Saturday.
With Nelson’s Adam Geiger sitting in the box for a hit to the head, Allan Pruss scored the winner on a setup from Michael Pruss and Lyle Frank with 5:27 to play in the first period to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.
After three straight losses the important win over the Leafs keeps the Hawks within striking distance of top spot in the Neil Murdoch division, trailing the Leafs by two points, and division leading Castlegar Rebels by three points.
Mitch Foyle opened the scoring at 17:49 of the first, when he sent a Spence McLean pass by the Nelson goalie. After Pruss’ goal, Robson Cramer would draw the Leafs within one, but Andrew Miller would restore the two-goal lead at 3:08 of the opening frame to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead.
The score would remain unchanged through the second period in the tight checking game as the Hawks outshot the Leafs 10-5 in the period.
Foyle would net his second of the night and 14th of the season with assists going to McLean and Ross Armour to round out the scoring. Drake Poirier got his ninth win of the season stopping 14 shots while the Nitehawks fired 25 at Joey Karrer in the Nelson net.
The Hawks went 2-for-9 on the power play while Nelson was 1-for-10.
Beaver Valley’s next game goes Friday in Creston to play the Thunder Cats before returning home Saturday for a tilt against the Grand Forks Border Bruins.
See more on the Nitehawks in Tuesday’s Trail Times.