The Beaver Valley Nitehawks evened the Kootenay Conference best-of-seven series with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats with a 6-3 victory in Game 2 at the Johnny Bucyk Arena in Creston on Wednesday.
The Hawks dominated the first two periods, outshooting the Cats 26-17 and took a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame.
But it was Fruitvale native Mitch Foyle who would score the winning goal at 12:55 of the third. Foyle beat Creston goalie Kyle Michalovsky glove side jumping on a Taylor Stafford rebound to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead.
The Nitehawks started quickly opening the scoring 27 seconds into the first, when Riley Brandt finished a nice passing play from Dan Holland and Ryan Edwards.
Dallas Calvin would make it 2-0, but Creston’s Brandon Formosa would cut the lead in half at 7:53 of the second.
Braden Fuller restored the two-goal cushion with 49 seconds left in the period, finishing another nice set up from Calvin and Edwards.
Formosa would net his second on the night and trim the lead to two at 4:44 of the third. The Cats pressured the Hawks’ end after Sheldon Hubbard took a late penalty at 3:21, however, Ryan Edwards would restore the three-goal cushion on a great short-handed effort to make it 5-2.
The Cats Logan Styler would counter with a power-play marker at 2:21 to make it 5-3, but Jacob Boyczuk would ice it with 51 seconds to play scoring into an empty net.
The Hawks outshot the Cats 33-27, and went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Creston was 1-for-7.
It was a good rebound effort after the 5-4 loss on Tuesday night, and B.V. will have to find ways to neutralize a very potent Cats offence led by Formosa and Spokane native Jesse Collins if they want to be successful this weekend.
Game 3 goes tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Beaver Valley Arena and Game 4 tomorrow at the same time.
KIJHL notes: The Kamloops Storm also evened its series with the Osoyoos Coyotes on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the Okanagan-Shushwap Conference final.