Beaver Valley Nitehawks forward Brad Ross led the Hawks against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Sunday in a 9-4 victory. Jim Bailey photo.

Nitehawks hopefuls impressive in win over Creston Thunder Cats

Beaver Valley Nitehawks continue to build lineup through KIJHL exhibition season

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks emerged from its Main Camp on the weekend on a winning note.

“The camp was great,” said Nitehawks head coach Terry Jones. “It was more of a streamlined camp, but the competition level was great, the skill level was great.”

Related read: Neil Murdoch Division glance, Nitehawks open camp

The Hawks wrapped up camp on Saturday and played their first exhibition game on Sunday in Creston against the Thunder Cats. B.V. went on to beat Creston 9-4 with a healthy contingent of rookies in the line up.

“We do have a lot of guys back, but we didn’t have a ton of veterans playing in that game (against Creston),” said Jones. “By all accounts, we had some rookies step forward and play very well, and have some younger guys step up so it’s going to be interesting to see how things go throughout the course of the week and practice. We have three more games this week to gauge the guys who are still in camp and see where everyone fits.”

The result bodes well for a team that could have as many as a dozen or more veterans back in the line up, in addition to a large dose of local talent in recent acquisition Ethan Jang and last year’s affiliate players Jarred Macasso, Dayton Nelson, and Zach Park.

The Hawks will likely add five or six rookies to the roster this season, and of those, West Kootenay products Lucas Anselmo and Kaleb Percival were among the most impressive, said Jones, who is going into his 27th year with the Nitehawks.

“We’re still right in the middle of it. We did let a few guys go, and guys will be battling right up until Saturday night, and on Saturday night we’ll expect to get close to our team.

“It’s like the stock market. A guy’s stock goes up and down, and it’s important that players play with consistency, and, if anything, it continues to rise and not to have the big fall – you have to be consistent.”

The Nitehawks confirmed that Calgary native Saran Virdee is back between the pipes. Virdee joined the Nitehawks midway through last season finishing with a respectable 4-5-2 record, a 3.06 goals-against average, and a .901 save percentage.

Noah Decottignies, last year’s starter, is still competing for a spot with the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and his status is unknown.

“Saran has come in and played well, and we have some other guys who have played well too,” added Jones. “The guys are still battling, and until we see if Noah appears, then we’ll have to go from there.”

The Nitehawks also added former Nitehawk captain Sam Swanson to their coaching staff and announced the return of former assistant coach Jeremy Cominotto.

“It’s great to bring Jeremy back, and exciting to welcome Sam. We’re in the process of defining our roles as a staff and, with being a young team, we need to make sure that the guys are getting the feedback they need to keep getting better.”

The Nitehawks play Creston again tonight at 7 p.m. at the Beaver Valley Arena, and face the Leafs in Nelson on Friday and at home at the Hawks’ Nest on Saturday at 7 p.m.

They’ll wrap up their exhibition season with a home-and-home against the Castlegar Rebels on Monday and Tuesday.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

viaSport celebrates National Coaches Week

Go online and post a photo and comment of your favourite coach in honour of National Coaches Week

Trail RCMP report golf course break-in, lost child and more

Anyone with information about the Birchbank break-in is asked to call the Trail RCMP

Rossland resident Aerin Bowers completes 19-km swim along Christina Lake

Bowers said her dad inspired her to complete the epic adventure

Archibald’s Aircraft

First plane at the Trail airport circa 1929

Without federal aid, the future of B.C. air transport is bleak

Air traffic remains down 75 to 85 per cent

B.C. reports 91 new cases as officials remain worried over ‘clusters of COVID-19

There have now been a total of 8,395 cases in B.C. since the pandemic began

Four more cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 31 active cases in isolation in the health region

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Liberal effort to reset policy agenda panned by rivals as too much talk, not action

Trudeau said it’s ‘all too likely’ families won’t be able to gather for Thanksgiving next month

Totem pole considered cultural appropriation removed from Nelson’s Hume School

The pole had also become rotted and was seen as dangerous to students

‘Show us the money’ for cannabis, local governments tell B.C.

Municipal tax, transit revenues falling as costs rise

Most Read