The Beaver Valley Nitehawks dominated the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Saturday and Sunday, outscoring their Murdoch division rivals 17-6 in a home-and-home tilt on the weekend.
The Hawks cruised to an 8-3 victory on Saturday in Grand Forks, before skating to a 9-3 win on Sunday at the Hawks Nest. The victories give the 27-10-1-4 Hawks a seven-point lead in the division over second place Castlegar Rebels with 52 points. The Rebels split a pair of games with the Spokane Braves on the weekend.
The Nelson Leafs dropped to third place after losing a pair of matches to Fernie Ghostriders, 5-2, and Columbia Valley Rockies 3-0, while just four points separate the fourth-place Braves and second-place Rebels.
In Sunday’s match, the Hawks’ Ross Armour poured in a hat trick and added an assist to lead the Hawks to their fifth win in six games this month.
Allan Pruss opened the scoring finishing a setup from Michael Pruss and Mitch Foyle to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead at 11:41 of the first.
Grand Forks’ Jay Sidhu tied it 43 seconds later, but Armour would get his first of the night to put the Hawks up for good at 6:31. Allan Pruss rounded out the first-period scoring giving the Hawks a 3-1 lead and Armour and Reid Anderson would make it 5-1 by the end of the second.
Braydon Horcoff, Armour, Spencer McLean, and Michael Pruss would add third-period goals while Bryson Yee scored a pair for the Bruins to round out the scoring as the Hawks outshot the Border Bruins 42-27. Foyle also pitched in with three assists, while Allan Pruss had two goals and an assist, and Tyler Hartman, Brody Jennings, and Lyle Frank each assisted on two goals on the night.
Goaltender Carson Schamerhorn earned the victory for the Nitehawks.
In Saturday’s 8-3 win, Hartman and Allan Pruss each scored two goals and added an assist, while Michael Pruss and Reid Anderson also had three point nights with a goal and two assists, and Walker Sidoni pitched in with three helpers.
Nine of the Hawks 12 players counted points in the game, outshooting the Bruins 40-27.