The Beaver Valley Nitehawks have a chance to end their series against the Fernie Ghostriders and win another banner by taking the KIJHL Kootenay Conference tonight.
The Hawks shut out the Ghostriders 2-0 in Fernie Wednesday. Backed by solid goaltending from Mike Vlanich, the Nitehawks were outshot for the second game in a row.
Zach Perehudoff was named first star in Tuesday’s game for stopping 34 of 36 and Vlanich would get first-star honours for his 29-save performance on Wednesday while the Hawks fired 24 shots at the Fernie net.
Rife with offensive talent, It’s uncharacteristic for the Nitehawks to be on the short end of the shot department, but a good sign that their defence and goaltending can also win them games.
Chris Johnson broke a scoreless tie through two periods to put the Hawks up 1-0, 71 seconds into the third.
Johnson converted a nice set up from Mason Spear and Jake Lucchini to notch the winner. Spear added an empty netter with 43 seconds remaining to deliver the dagger.
In the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference, Sicamous Eagles prolonged the series with a 3-1 win over Kelowna Wednesday. The Chiefs from Kelowna hold a 3-1 series lead as the series heads back to Kelowna tonight.