Beaver Valley rolls over Spokane

The Nitehawks took a pair of games from their Neil Murdoch division rival Braves on the weekend.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks took care of business this weekend with a pair of wins over the Spokane Braves.

The Nitehawks overcame a 3-2 deficit after the second period to explode for five goals in the third en route to a 7-4 win over Spokane Saturday.

Hawks sniper Dallas Calvin scored the winner at 10:48 of the third period to break a 4-4 tie and propel B.V. to its fifth win in seven games in January.

Following a 9-4 home win Friday against the Braves, the Hawks outshot the Spokane 19-7 in the first period but found themselves tied after one and down one after two.

Calvin opened the scoring, converting a nice passing play from Connor Brown-Maloski and Dan Holland, but Spokane’s Matt Thurston replied 90 seconds later on a power play. After Nick Perez put B. V. up 2-1 Thurston would strike again tying the game on another PP with 1:20 to go in the first.

Spokane turned it around in the second, firing 18 shots at Jarrod Schamerhorn and getting the go-ahead goal at 18:38 to make it 3-2 heading into the third when B.V. turned it on.

The Hawks rugged forward Michael Bell tied the game 69 seconds in, then with the Braves’ Thurston in the box for roughing, Kurt Black capitalized converting a nice pass from Calvin to make it 4-3 at 14:23. The Braves came back to tie it however two minutes later, with the Hawks down two men, Bryce Fisher beat Schamerhorn to make it 4-4.

Calvin would net his second of the night with the winner, and Holland who also had a four-point night made it 6-4 before Brown-Maloski rounded out the scoring.

Like grizzies and great whites, Spokane referees known for their unpredictable nature handed out seven misconduct penalties, two to Arie Postmus, and one each to Bell, Danny Vlanich, Levi Kress, Archie McKinnon and a team misconduct with one second remaining in regulation.

The Nitehawks keep winning but so do division leaders Castlegar and Nelson, as the Hawks remain three points back of the Leafs for top spot and a single point behind the Rebels for second seed with eight games to play in their season.

Beaver Valley is on the road this weekend with games against the North Okanagan Knights and the Sicamous Eagles.