KIJHL: Hawks host KIJHL regular season champs

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks will look to keep their record perfect when they face the Border Bruins and Coyotes this weekend.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks will look to keep their record perfect when they face the Grand Forks Border Bruins and Osoyoos Coyotes this weekend.

The Nitehawks won both their opening games against Spokane, 5-3, and Kelowna, 3-2, to start the 2015 KIJHL season.

“I think it’s a great start, it’s nice to get the two wins, even though I think we still have lots to learn, and lots of spots to improve that’s for sure,” said B.V. coach and G.M. Terry Jones.

The Hawks travel to Grand Forks tonight for their first meeting of the season. The Bruins nabbed three points in three games to start the season, opening with a 5-2 victory over the North Okanagan Knights before dropping a 7-2 decision to the Summerland Steam, and a 3-2 loss in overtime to Spokane.

Grand Forks has had a good start, and it’s good to see, it’s always good for the league,” said Jones.

The Coyotes, despite a 47-19 shot advantage, lost its first and only game 3-2 to Princeton on Saturday. However, Osoyoos was the top team in the KIJHL last season with 42 wins and 87 points, and are led by their top scorer, Rainer Glimpel.

“I’ll expect they’ll have a good club, they always do,” said Jones. “I think Ken Law is one of the best coaches in the league so we’ll look forward to playing them.”

The Nitehawks meanwhile received an unexpected scoring touch from defenceman Jake Yuris, who scored twice, including the game winner against Spokane, and added two assists in the opening matches. Veteran forwards Devin Nemes and Jace Weegar were the top scoring forwards with two goals and an assist and along with Braden Fuller will be relied upon to carry much of the offensive load this season.

Saturday’s game against the Coyotes goes at 7:30 p.m. at the Hawks’ Nest.