Beaver Valley splits with Nelson Leafs

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Nelson Leafs each won in their home rink in a home-and-home series this weekend.

After an impressive outing on Friday night, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks couldn’t keep the momentum going as the Nelson Leafs managed a split on Saturday.

The Nitehawks skated to a convincing 8-2 victory at the nest on Friday, but the Leafs replied grounding the Hawks in the second game of a home-and-home series with a 5-2 win at the Nelson and District Civic Centre.

After the Leafs Linden Horswill potted a pair of goals in the first to give Nelson a 2-1 lead, Colton Schell netted the winner 3:29 into the second period, with assists to Kevin Bow and Seth Schmidt.

Ryan Edwards would cut the lead to one, converting a Dallas Calvin pass to make it 3-2. However, a power play marker by James Sorrey would restore the Leafs’ two-goal padding and Colton McCarthy’s short-handed goal iced it at 16:49 of the third.

The Leafs dominated the Nitehawks outshooting them 34-18 including a Hawks’ season low of just four shots in the third period, a stark contrast to the previous night when Beaver Valley peppered Nelson’s Cody Boekman with 43 shots.

In the Hawks 8-2 win, Taylor Stafford had a huge night for B.V. The Tabor, Alta. native netted his first hat trick in the KIJHL and added an assist while defenceman Arie Postmus had a productive night with a goal and two assists, and Edwards chipped in with three assists. Zach Perehudoff got the win, stopping 32 of 34 shots.

Despite the setback, the Hawks still sit on top the Neil Murdoch division tied with Castlegar who suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the North Okanagan Knights Friday.

See Tuesday’s Trail Times for more about the Nitehawks.