Bradley Ross

Beaver Valley Nitehawks down Castlegar Rebels

The B.V. Nitehawks continued to soar on the weekend with three wins in as many days.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks won their ninth in a row Sunday at the Hawks Nest with a 7-4 victory over the Castlegar Rebels, as they head into the final month of the KIJHL regular season match ups.

B.V.’s most recent acquisition, goaltender Owen Sikkes, picked up his first win as a Hawk since coming over from the Golden Rockets at the Jan. 10 deadline. Sikkes stopped 28 shots for the victory in his second appearance for the Nitehawks, while McKoy Hauk had a four-assist night, and Tyler Hartman pitched in with two goals and an assist.

Nitehawks captain Sam Swanson scored the winning goal while shorthanded at 15:30 of the third period on a setup from Kevan McBean and Hauk to give B.V. a 5-3 lead in what was a close checking, back-and-forth matchup typical of a Nitehawks-Rebels game.

Castlegar held the edge in play through two periods outshooting B.V. 23-16, but trailed the Hawks 4-2 heading into the final frame.

Bradley Ross scored his 13th of the season after playing in the KIJHL Prospects game with teammates Aiden Browell and Tyler Ghiradosi on Saturday in Kelowna. The Trail native fired a Damon Kramer pass by goalie Chandler Billinghurst at 14:14 for a 1-0 Nitehawks lead. However, the Rebels’ John Moeller answered on a Shawn Campbell setup, but the Hawks leading scorer, Hartman, put B.V. back out front less than two minutes later. Castlegar’s Vince Bitonti tallied his seventh of the season beating Sikkes at 2:57 of the opening frame to tie the game 2-2 heading into the second period.

The second period saw Evan Gorman get the gate for fighting and a game misconduct that left the Hawks shorthanded. A lengthy penalty kill resulted in Karsten Jang taking a pass from Browell and blasting a shot by Billingshurst for a 3-2 Hawks lead at 11:02. Another defenceman, this time Dylan Kent doubled the score with his sixth of the campaign to give B.V. a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.

The Rebels outshot B.V. 10-7 in the period, but solid goaltending from Sikkes, especially while short, kept B.V. on top.

A power-play marker by Rebels forward Daniel Petten 90 seconds into the period, brought Castlegar within one, but Swanson’s goal restored the two-goal lead, and a tally by Nolan Percival gave the Hawks some insurance. The teams traded goals in the final 10 minutes with Ed Lindsey scoring for Castlegar and Hartman adding his 16th goal and 45th point of the season for the Hawks.

Castlegar outshot Beaver Valley 32-30 with Jang getting player of the game honours for B.V. and Bitonti for the Rebels.

B.V. also came back from a 4-0 first-period deficit against Grand Forks on Friday for a 6-4 victory and followed that up on Saturday with a 5-2 win over the Fernie Ghostriders in Fernie on Saturday.

With nine games remaining in the regular season, the 31-4-1-2 Nitehawks have clinched the Neil Murdoch Division title with 65 points, and are looking to do the same in the KIJHL, as they hold a seven-point cushion over the 28-7-0-1 Osoyoos Coyotes.

The Nitehawks next home game goes on Saturday versus the Columbia Valley Rockies.

 

Just Posted

Victorian-era magnate, con artist had Rossland connections

New book explores fascinating history of Whitaker Wright

Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to B.C.

Show comes to Trail on Jan. 30

Minor hockey roots preserved in Trail mural

The Trail Minor Hockey Association founded Minor Hockey Week in 1957

Tell the Times

Web Poll: Have you been the target of petty theft in Trail?

Nelson and Kaslo both claimed Queen City status

Place Names: Queen City of the Kootenays

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Most Read