The Beaver Valley Nitehawks responded to a questionable outing on Sunday with a loud statement against the Spokane Braves on Monday.
After barely surviving a 4-3 overtime game in Beaver Valley, the Hawks traveled to Spokane eager to make a point.
The Nitehawks fired 60 shots at the Braves goalie Branden Amatto on their way to a 7-3 win.
The Neil Murdoch Division’s MVP and Rookie of the Year Craig Martin led the way with a hat trick and setup-men Ryan Edwards and Chris Derochie each tallied three assists.
Martin started the scoring at 11:03 of the first but the Braves countered with two quick goals going up 2-1. Dallas Calvin heralded his return to the lineup with a goal at the 4:10 mark of the first to tie the game.
After an even opening 20 minutes, it was all Nitehawks, as they outshot the Braves 47-19 in the final two periods.
Christian Johnson, Justin Niminiken and Max Flanagan notched three in a row before the Braves Uriah Machuga could muster a response.
Martin completed the bombardment with two more markers in the third as he, Derochie and Edwards were named the games’ three stars.
Zach Perehudoff got the start and stopped 28 of 31 shots. The Nitehawks played the Braves Tuesday night but results were unavailable at press time.
If necessary, the fifth game will go at the Beaver Valley Arena at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Castlegar vs Nelson
The Castlegar Rebels poured in five goals in the second period at the Nelson Community Complex Monday as the Rebels took a 2-1 series lead by beating the Nelson Leafs 5-3.
Anthony Delong led the Rebs with two goals while Scott Morriseau had a two-point night with a goal and an assist.
The Rebels will host the Leafs Thursday at 7:30 in game six.