After dropping a 3-1 decision to Kimberley Friday night, the
Beaver Valley Nitehawks responded with an offensive outburst in back-to-back
wins over the Kimberley Dynamiters and the Revelstoke Grizzlies Saturday and Sunday.
In a spirited match Sunday, both Dan Holland and defenceman
Derek Lashuk had a goal and two assists to lead the Nitehawks to an 8-2 win
over the Grizzlies to follow up a 5-1 victory on the home end of a home-and-home
with Kimberley Saturday night at the Beaver Valley Arena.
After early markers by Connor Brown-Maloski and Kurt Black, Lashuk
netted the winner on a shorthanded goal taking a pass from Levi Kress then dancing
around a Revelstokes’ defenceman before
wristing a lazer past starter Aaron Brandoli to make it 3-0 at 3:42 of the
The Grizzlies’ T.J Christensen made it 3-1 just 20 seconds
later finishing a nice passing play from Tyler Reay on the power play.
Despite fairly even play in the first period in which each
team had nine shots on goal, the Nitehawks were able to capitalize on their opportunities
while the Grizzlies were foiled by some great saves by Zach Perehudoff.
AP Sam Swanson of Fruitvale buried his first goal in just
his second game as a Nitehawk, after a perfect setup from Holland as he drew
the defenceman and goalie to the right post, before dishing to Swanson in the
Dallas Calvin made it 5-1 picking up a perfect breakaway
pass from Brown-Maloski and beating Brandoli with a quick move then sliding it
between his legs. Holland then made it 6-1 after intercepting a pass and
walking in all alone and beating the Grizzlies’ goalie with a backhand into the
Walker Sidoni made it 7-1 on the powerplay with a blast from
the point, and after Revelstoke got one back, Holland and Calvin teamed up to
finish the scoring. The Boston native delivered a perfect pass up the middle as
Calvin broke for the opening, split the D, and made no mistake rifling the puck
five-hole to notch his second of the night and 20th of the season.
Michael Bell and Calvin each scored twice to lead the Hawks
to the 5-1 victory over Kimberley Saturday. Calvin now leads the Hawks in
scoring, and with 48 points, sits just six points back of the KIJHL leader Nelson’s
Colton Schell despite playing nine fewer games.
The win puts the Hawks in a tie with Castlegar who defeated
Nelson on Sunday 5-3. The two teams each have 53 points, but Nelson and
Castlegar have two games in hand. The Nitehawks next home game goes Sunday at 1
p.m. against the Grand Forks Border Bruins.