Murdoch Division rivalries heated up over the weekend with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks exchanging blows with the Grand Forks Border Bruins in a 2-2 draw on Saturday in Grand Forks.

Murdoch Division rivalries heated up over the weekend with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks exchanging blows with the Grand Forks Border Bruins in a 2-2 draw on Saturday in Grand Forks.

Beaver Valley Nitehawks division rivalries heating up

Teams picking up the pace in Neil Murdoch division battles

The Neil Murdoch Division is heating up as the teams jockey for position at the midway point of the season.

The Castlegar Rebels made a statement this weekend with a victory over the division-leading Nelson Leafs, while the Beaver Valley Nitehawks faltered. B.V. fell to the Castlegar Rebels 2-1 on Friday, then skated to a 2-2 tie with the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Saturday.

The Rebels were on fire all weekend and went into Nelson and defeated the Leafs 5-1 on Saturday, then put a big exclamation point on the weekend with a 10-0 blowout of the Golden Rockets.

For the Nitehawks, injuries and a rough November road schedule have also slowed the team after going undefeated through October.

On Saturday, Grand Forks forward Briar Whyte gave the Border Bruins a 1-0 first-period lead, but the Hawks struck back in a very physical second period that saw the Hawks Austin Miller and the Bruins Alex Skinner go toe-to-toe.

Castlegar native Aiden Jenner scored on the power play 3:21 in, and Dylan Kent put B.V. up 2-1 on another extra-man advantage with 8:20 remaining as the Hawks outshot the Bruins 13-9 in the middle frame.

However, the Bruins replied late in the third, when Trey Mason tallied his 10th of the season on the power play with 4:28 left to force overtime.

Beaver Valley owned the two extra five-minute frames firing 14 shots at Grand Forks goalie Quinn Yeager, but the recent addition from the Nelson Leafs was unbeatable.

The Hawks outshot the Bruins 50-30, going 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Bruins were 1-for-5. Yeager earned Game Star for the home team, while his counterpart Liam Coulter got the nod for the Nitehawks.

In Friday’s match up, Chase Daniels broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period on an unassisted effort to score the winner for the Castlegar Rebels.

The weekend wins for Castlegar (16-7-0-1) launched the team past the Nitehawks and into sole possession of second place in the Murdoch division.

Hawks defenceman Karsten Jang wired a shot past Rebels goalie Tanner Douglas for a 1-0 lead midway through the second period. But Castlegar replied less than a minute later on a Brandon Costa power play goal, and Daniels iced it in the third.

Castlegar outshot B.V. 33-19, with goalies Douglas and Owen Sikkes taking the Game-Star honours for the Rebels and Hawks respectively.

The loss for the 14-8-1-1 Nitehawks drops the team to third place and 10 points back of Nelson as they get ready for a return visit to Castlegar on Wednesday night with a 7 p.m. puck drop against the Rebels.

The Hawks next home game goes on Dec. 8 versus the Nelson Leafs.

Just Posted

FILE – Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, takes part in an event on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Indigenous Peoples Day must be a ‘call to action’, says Assembly of First Nations chief

Discovery of children at Kamloops residential school site must lead to change, Perry Bellegarde says

Trees blown over by a windstorm in forest owned by Anderson Creek Timber. Photo: Anderson Creek Timber
Timber company logging near Nelson raises local concerns

Anderson Creek Timber owns 600 hectares of forest adjacent to the city

Keith Smyth, Kootenay Savings director at-large joins children from the Kids’ Care Centre at St. Michael’s Catholic School. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay Savings continues credit union’s tradition of giving

Funding totalling $48,250, is going to a wide array of Kootenay initiatives

From left: Karl Luedtke (West Arm Outdoors Club), Dale Williams (BCWF), Molly Teather (FLNORD), Gord Grunerud (West Arm Outdoors Club), Eugene Volokhov (Grand Prize Winner), Casey McKinnon and Lex Jones (Jones Boys Boats). Photo: Tammy White, Whitelight Photography
Balfour man lands big prize from angler incentive program

Eugene Volokhov of Balfour is now the proud owner of a sleek 18-foot Kingfisher boat

“I want to see the difference in the world, embrace it, celebrate it … ” Photo: David Cantelli/Unsplash
A new way to say ‘Hello’

“Inclusion, you see, is NOT about making us all the same.”

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

One Reconciliation Pole and two Welcome Figures were unveiled during a ceremony in honour of truth and reconciliation on National Peoples Indigenous Day at the Vancouver School District in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, June 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Horgan marks Indigenous Peoples Day by urging recognition of systemic racism

National Indigenous Peoples Day has been marked in Canada since 1996

Most Read