KIJHL: Beaver Valley Nitehawks bomb Spokane Braves

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks moved back atop the Neil Murdoch division standings on Tuesday.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks moved back atop the Neil Murdoch division standings with an 8-2 drubbing of the Spokane Braves on Tuesday at the Beaver Valley Arena.

Devin Nemes scored what proved to be the winning goal with 6:51 to play in the second period. Nemes made it 3-1 on a set up from Ryan Terpsma and Sam Swanson to give the Hawks their 19th ‘W’ of the season, and vault them into a tie with Castlegar for first place in the division.

The Nitehawks bombarded the Spokane net with 18 shots in the first period, but couldn’t solve netminder Blake Norman until the second period when Sam Swanson made his successful return from injury opening the scoring just over five minutes into the period as he took a Tyler Hartman pass and beat Norman for a 1-0 lead.

The Braves Connor McIntosh replied just over two minutes later, scoring a shorthanded marker on Hawks newest recruit Tallon Kramer to make it 1-1. But Blake Sidoni would net his third goal of the season and 14th point midway through the period, and Nemes would send it into the third with the 3-1 lead.

The Nitehawks then exploded for five goals in the final frame, with Michael Pruss starting it off at 13:51, followed by Braden Fuller’s 11th of the season to make it 5-1. Tyler Ghiradosi made it 6-1 on the power play with 8:21 to play, and netted his second of the game just eight seconds later. Spokane’s Mason Jones tallied his ninth goal as a Brave to cut the lead to 7-2 less than a minute later, and Jace Weegar would round out the scoring on a power play goal with 4:10 remaining.

The Hawks fired 19 shots at Norman in the third, and 47 in the game, while Kramer made 25 saves in net for B.V.

Swanson’s two-point night earned him player of the game for the Hawks, and Norman for the Braves. Fuller led B.V. with a goal and two assists, while Nelson native Nolan Percival had two helpers on the night.

The win is just a warm up in what will be a crucial month for the Neil Murdoch division standings, as the Hawks play Castlegar twice, Nelson Leafs three times, and Grand Forks and Spokane once, while having it’s only non-division game against the Fernie Ghostriders on Dec. 19 in Fernie.

“I think we can be a lot better in lots of areas,” said Nitehawks coach and GM Terry Jones. “We’ve won a lot of games for a lot of different reasons, and I just think we have to get more consistent that’s for sure.”

The Nitehawks host Nelson at the Hawks Nest on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and are in Castlegar to face the Rebels on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“With having a weekend off after four games in a relatively short period of time, we hope our preparation for these game would work out. I think we’re just excited about playing and be ready to go.”

Grand Forks Border Bruins moved to .500 with their 14th win of the season in a 4-3 victory over the Leafs on Tuesday in Grand Forks.

Just Posted

The Trail Smoke Eaters win in a shootout over Wenatchee Wild

The Trail Smoke Eaters split its two-game series against the Wenatchee Wild on weekend

River rising in Trail

For up-to-date reservoir elevation and river flow information, visit BC Hydro’s website bchydro.com

Former ski champ and MLA’s son hope to open Castlegar cannabis store next month

Felix Belczyk and Ben Conroy are in the approval process for local Spiritleaf outlet

Victorian-era magnate, con artist had Rossland connections

New book explores fascinating history of Whitaker Wright

Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to B.C.

Show comes to Trail on Jan. 30

REPLAY: B.C’s best videos this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

World economy forecast to slow in 2019 amid trade tensions

For Canada, the IMF’s estimate for growth in 2019 was 1.9 per cent, down from expected global growth of 3.5 per cent

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor

The nominations were announced on Monday, Jan. 21 with some movies earning up to six nominations

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Most Read