Nitehawks soaring

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks took their offensive juggernaut on the road and laid siege to both Golden and Columbia Valley on the weekend.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks took their offensive juggernaut on the road and laid siege to both Golden and Columbia Valley on the weekend.

The Hawks fired 47 shots at Golden on Friday and 50 at the Columbia Valley netminder Saturday en route to 7-2 and 9-3 wins.

A close 4-3 game at the end of the second turned into a blowout as the Nitehawks blasted 24 shots at Columbia Rockies goalie Travis Beekhuizen in the third period alone, scoring five goals in a 9-3 final.

Beekhuizen kept the game close, but couldn’t weather the final-frame storm. Craig Martin and Justin Niminiken had four-point nights with a goal and three assists each, while Mason Spear, Chris Johnson and Ryan Edwards pitched in with three points apiece. Mike Vlanich stopped 11 shots for the victory.

The Beaver Valley’s impressive offense leads the league in scoring with 170 goals in 26 games, averaging 6.54 goals per game. Edwards, Chris Derochie and Martin are back on top of the KIJHL scoring leader board sitting in first, second and third respectively while Dallas Calvin has climbed into the top 10.

Calvin led the attack in Friday night’s game against Golden with two goals and an assist, as the visitors erupted for five goals in the second period to defeat the Rockets.

After spotting them a 2-1 first-period lead, Derochie began the deluge less than 30 seconds into the middle frame, converting a pass from Edwards and Fraser Stang.

In a span of just over seven minutes, goals by Calvin, Stang, Niminiken and Tyler Collins would catapult the Hawks to a 6-2 advantage. Calvin added his second goal of the night, taking a pass from Collins and scoring shorthanded late in the third to round out the scoring.

Derochie and Stang also had three-point nights, each chipping in with a goal and two assists while Hawks’ goaltender Zach Perehudoff stopped 32 of 34 for shots for the win.

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