KIJHL – Castlegar Rebels stifle Beaver Valley Nitehawk attack

Beaver Valley Nitehawks hope to put an end to a losing streak when they face the Spokane Braves January 3 2012 at the Beaver Valley Arena.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks hope to put an end to a two game losing streak when they face the Spokane Braves tonight at the Beaver Valley Arena.

After a 13-game unbeaten stretch, the Nitehawks dropped a pair to the Castlegar Rebels in a home-and-home series last week.

It marks the third loss in a row to the Rebels who beat  the Nitehawks 6-5 back on Nov. 5, their last loss before the winning streak.

The Nitehawks potent offence struggled Thursday, managing only one goal on Rebels netminder Jordan Gluck in a 3-1 setback before falling again to the Rebels on Friday in overtime, 4-3.

The two teams traded power-play markers in the first period, before Mason Spear put the Nitehawks up by one but the Rebels’ Anthony Delong replied with a short-handed goal eight seconds later to tie it.

Call up Jake Lucchini of the Major Midget Kootenay Ice would pitch in, setting up Justin Niminiken to put the Hawks up 3-2 but Castlegar’s Tyler Jones knotted it at 3 with a minute to go in the second.

The Hawks pressured the Rebels in the third outshooting them 14-8 but could not capitalize on their opportunities.

Just over two minutes into the overtime period, Jones took a pass from Erik Alden and beat Hawks goalie Zack Perehudoff to nail down the “W.”

Castlegar sits in second place, two points behind the Nitehawks in the Neil Murdoch Division however the Hawks have two games in hand.

Tonight’s game against Spokane goes at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Valley Arena.