The Beaver Valley Nitehawks won the KIJHL Neil Murdoch division title on Friday in a 6-2 rout of the Nelson Leafs at the Beaver Valley Arena.

Beaver Valley Nitehawks eliminate Leafs in Game 6

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks won the Neil Murdoch division title with a 6-2 victory over the Nelson Leafs on Friday.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks won the Neil Murdoch division championship on Friday, with a convincing Game 6, 6-2 victory over the Nelson Leafs.

Dallas Calvin, Ryan Edwards, and Riley Brandt each scored twice and Brett Clark stopped 35 shots to backstop the Nitehawks to the win.

Calvin scored the winner on a pretty passing play with Braden Fuller. Calvin carried the puck into the Leafs Zone passed across the slot to Fuller who swooped in front of the goalie deked to the right, then slid a back pass across the top of the crease to Calvin who buried it in the open net to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead at 9:55 of the second period.

Calvin opened the scoring on a brilliant end to end rush, splitting the defense then making a great move to his left to beat Nelson goalie Patrick Zubick at 17:50 of the first period. The Leafs would reply two minutes later when Travis Wellman took a pass from Linden Horswill and wired a snap shot top corner on Clark.

But the Hawks would retake the lead for good when Edwards drove down the right side and from a sharp angle snuck it through the pads of Zubick.

After Calvin made it 3-1, Troy Petrick would draw the Leafs back within one converting a setup from Patrick Croome. Edwards would make it 4-2 when his hard shot went off Zubick’s arm and somehow bounced in with just under two minutes to go in the middle frame.

Brandt would deliver the dagger in the third, one-timing a bouncing rebound off a Dan Holland shot into the top corner at 4:47 to make it 5-2. Brandt would add an empty netter with 73 seconds to play to finish the Leafs, at least until the Cyclone Taylor Cup where they will play host. Holland pitched in with three helpers on the night, while d-man Walker Sidoni added a pair of assists.

The game was a physical match up but there were no penalties called throughout the game. The Hawks outshot the Leafs 43 to 37, and will play the winner of the Creston-Kimberley series on Monday. The Thundercats and Dynamiters play their decisive Game 7 tonight in Creston. If Kimberley wins the Hawks will host the first two matches, if Creston triumphs then they will get home-ice advantage.

See Tuesday’s Trail Times for more on the KIJHL playoffs.

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