Beaver Valley Nitehawks sweep Castlegar Rebels out of nest

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks won both games against Neil Murdoch rivals, the Castlegar Rebels, in a home-and-home tilt over the weekend.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks are still undefeated in the new season after sweeping a pair of weekend games from Neil Murdoch division rival Castlegar Rebels.

The Nitehawks beat the Rebels 5-3 and 4-3 on Friday and Saturday nights respectively to go 5-0 in regular season KIJHL play.

The line of Ryan Edwards, Taylor Stafford, and Michael Bell scored its fourth winning goal in as many games, with Stafford netting the winner with 7:55 to go in the third period in the 4-3 victory Saturday. The dominant veteran trio has accounted for 10 of the Nitehawks last 14 goals, with Bell scoring the winner in the 5-3 victory Friday.

Former Nelson Leaf Seth Shmidt struck first for the Rebels blasting in a point shot at 8:55 of the first period to put the Rebels up 1-0. However, Edwards and Bell would score 11 seconds apart in the last two minutes of the opening frame to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.

Aaron Brewer would tie it on the power play three minutes into the second, but Grand Prairie product Sheldon Hubbard would convert a Keanan Patershuk pass with 4:04 to play in the middle frame to restore the Hawks` one goal lead.

The top line would strike again, as Stafford would net the eventual winner, his second in three games, taking a pass from Edwards and Bell and beating Rebels netminder Nate Rabbitt to make it 4-2 Hawks.

Diego Bartlett brought the Rebels within one at the five minute mark for his third point on the night, but Hawks goalie Brett Clark shut the door the rest of the way, stopping 22 of 25 shots on the night for his fourth win of the season.

In the Nitehawks 5-3 win Friday, Edwards and Stafford each scored a goal and tallied two assists to lead B.V. to the win. Michael Bell, Jacob Boycuk, and Fraser Stang netted the other goals for the Hawks, and Danny Vlanich added two assists to pace the Hawks to the 5-3 win.

The Nitehawks next travel to Spokane for a game against the Braves Friday before returning home to host the Osoyoos Coyotes on Saturday at the B.V. Arena at 7:30 p.m.

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