The Beaver Valley Nitehawks dominated the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, skating to a 6-2 win in Game 3 of the Kootenay Conference final at the B.V. Arena on Friday.
Dallas Calvin took a centring pass from Braden Fuller and wired a wrist shot over the glove of Cats’ goalie Brock Lefebvre to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead 96 seconds into the second period. The goal would prove to be the winner, as the Hawks played a solid defensive and disciplined match in holding Creston to just 25 shots.
Creston’s Colby Livingstone would open the scoring midway through the first period, but Ryan Edwards and Sheldon Hubbard put the Nitehawks up 2-1 heading into the middle frame. After Calvin’s goal, Russell Mortlock would make it 4-1 corralling the puck off the face off in the Creston zone and going top shelf on Lefebvre.
Logan Styler would get a lucky bounce off a Nitehawk defenceman to bring Creston within two, but Riley Brandt restored the three-goal cushion at 2:55 of the third, and Keenan Patershuck would finish it with an empty netter with 1:50 to play.
Game 4 goes tonight at the Beaver Valley Arena with the puck drop at 7:30 p.m.