The Beaver Valley Nitehawks rolled to a 7-2 victory over the Columbia Valley Rockies on Saturday in Invermere.
Trail’s Blake Sidoni scored twice and added two assists for the Hawks, as B.V. jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead on their way to a league-leading 38th victory and 16th straight win.
Sam Swanson, Sidoni, and Tyler Ghirardosi scored in the opening frame as B.V. outshot the Rockies 25-5 in the period.
Sidoni scored his second of the night and 15th of the season less than a minute into the second period to put the Hawks up 4-0 and Aiden Browell made it 5-0 before C.V. replied.
Brayden Barker and Ryan St. Jean netted back-to-back goals for the Rockies to make it 5-2 but the Hawks iced it with markers from Tyler Gharardosi to end the second and the third period’s lone goal from Mitch Foyle on the power play for the 7-2 final.
B.V. outshot Columbia Valley 56-25 and went 1-for-1 on the power play, the only odd-man advantage in the match. The Rockies clinched the fourth seed in the Eddie Murdoch Division earlier this month and will face the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in the first round of playoffs.
Despite posting the second-most goals in the league (213), the Nitehawks have just one player, Tyler Hartman, in the Top-20 scoring. Yet, a prodigiously balanced attack (14 players have tallied 20 points or more but not one player has 20 goals) and the leagues’ stingiest defence, 96 goals against, has given the Nitehawks the best goals-differential in the KI at a stunning +117.
The Nitehawks can wrap up the KIJHL regular season title with a single point in their remaining two matches against Kimberley at the Hawks Nest on Friday, or in Fernie on Sunday.
The puck drop for the B.V.- Kimberley game goes at 7:30 p.m.