B.V. Nitehawks score three shorthanded goals in a 4-2 victory over the Castlegar Rebels on Saturday. Jim Bailey photo.

Beaver Valley Nitehawks double up Castlegar Rebels

Beaver Valley Nitehawks sweep Castlegar Rebels heading into holiday break

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks earned some breathing room atop the Neil Murdoch Division standings with a sweep of the Castlegar Rebels on the weekend.

Beaver Valley eked out a 3-2 victory in Castlegar on Friday and doubled up the Rebels 4-2 on Saturday at the Hawks Nest giving them a three-point lead over the Nelson Leafs in the Murdoch division.

Special teams were key in Saturday’s victory, with Hawks scoring three shorthanded goals and a power play goal in the 4-2 win.

After a scoreless first period, Hawks forward Zach Park opened the scoring with a breakaway shorthanded goal 31 seconds into the second period, and 46 seconds later Ethan Jang made it 2-0 with another shorty on a partial break.

Castlegar’s Darby Berg made it 2-1 scoring a power play goal at 12:44. However, Bradley Ross tallied the game winner on a Nitehawks power play at 10:31.

Former Nitehawks Mason Hartman brought the Rebels to within one, on a shorthanded marker at 13:47 of the third.

But Ross iced the game scoring his 25th of the season, on (you guessed it) a shorthanded goal with seven minutes remaining in regulation. Ross’ 25th goal and 49th point exceeds his total output (27-21-48) from last season, as the Trail minor hockey product remains in second place in the KIJHL scoring race.

B.V. outshot the Rebels 32-29, going 1-for-6 on the power play and 7-for-8 on the penalty kill.

In Friday’s game, Ross rose to the occasion scoring in the 4-on-4 overtime to lift the Hawks to a 3-2 victory.

Jared Stocks gave B.V. a 1-0 lead, but Jaedon Little tied in the second and the Rebels Josh Wiens put the home team up 2-1 early with just over seven minutes remaining in the final frame.

The Nitehawks pressed and Simon Nemethy tied the game with 2:41 remaining to force the extra frame.

Beaver Valley breaks for the holidays and returns to action on Dec. 30 with a home game against the Grand Forks Border Bruins.

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