Beaver Valley Nitehawks forward Bradley Ross lets a shot go at the Spokane Braves goalie. Ross scored the game winner in a 6-3 victory on Saturday night at the Hawks Nest. Jim Bailey photo.

Beaver Valley Nitehawks double up Spokane Braves

B.V. Nitehawks make a big move up Neil Murdoch division standings with two weekend victories

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks continued their winning ways, extending their winning streak to six games on the weekend.

The Hawks beat the Fernie Ghostriders 7-5 on Friday and followed that up with a decisive 6-3 win over the Spokane Braves on Saturday to pull within three points of Murdoch Division leading Nelson Leafs.

The Leafs lost to the Castlegar Rebels 5-3 and Creston Valley Thunder Cats 4-3 and have been a different team since losing leading scorer Ryan Piva, a Trail native, to the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Bradley Ross scored what proved to be the game winner at 14:02 of the second period converting a set up from Angus Amadio and Brock Wallace for a 4-0 Beaver Valley lead.

The win boosts the Nitehawks record to 16-10-2-2 and gives the Hawks an eight point separation over third-place Grand Forks.

Nitehawks defencemen Jesse Ihas and Jake Yuris put the Hawks up 2-0 in the first period and Ryan Crisalli scored his first of two on the night 32 seconds before Ross made it 4-0.

The Braves battled back in the third, with Alex Enegrin scoring just over two minutes into the third, but Crisalli made it 5-1 at 13:06 on a setup from Luke Woodrow and Paul Leroux.

Spokane’s Bear Hughes made it 5-2 midway through the period and a Nate Wilson power-play goal cut the Hawks lead to two with 5:45 to play. An empty netter from Michael Hagen sealed the win for the Hawks.

B.V. outshot the Braves 39-22 and went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Spokane was 1-for-3.

On Friday, the Nitehawks Marty Ingram scored twice in a wide open 7-5 match up against the Ghostriders. B.V. led 1-0 after one on a goal from Amadio, but the treams traded six second period goals to make it 4-3 after two. In the third, Luke Recchi put the Hawks up 5-3 but two goals from Fernie tied it at 5-5. With time winding down Jared Stocks gave the Nitehawks a 6-5 lead, and Hagen scored into an empty net for the 7-5 final.

Fernie outshot B.V. 38-35 and went 3-for-5 on the power play, while the Hawks went 0-for-3.

Beaver Valley is off until after Christmas when they head to Kamloops for the KIJHL Showcase.

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