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Beaver Valley Nitehawks double-up Castlegar Rebels

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks swept a home-and-home series with Castlegar Rebels on the weekend including a stunning third-period comeback victory started by Ryan Edwards (above) in a 6-4 win Friday in Castlegar. - Derek Kaye
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks swept a home-and-home series with Castlegar Rebels on the weekend including a stunning third-period comeback victory started by Ryan Edwards (above) in a 6-4 win Friday in Castlegar.
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Three different players each had four-point nights for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in a convincing 8-4 victory over the Castlegar Rebels on Saturday at the Hawks Nest in Fruitvale.

The Hawks were coming off an inspiring 6-4 comeback victory Friday in Castlegar and rode that momentum to the drubbing on Saturday. Braden Fuller netted a hat trick and picked  up an assist, while Dallas Calvin had his second four-point night in as many days, and Archie McKinnon added four assists to give the Nitehawks their eighth win in a row.

Fuller netted the winner at 5:37 of the opening frame on the power play as the Hawks jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, chasing Rebel goaltender Nate Rabbitt from the net in the process.

Sam Swanson opened the scoring converting a set up from Jacob Boyczuk and Walker Sidoni just two minutes in to make it 1-0. Less than a minute later Riley Brandt would add a short-handed marker, and Calvin, McKinnon, and Fuller would combine for the third goal on the power play at 10:17, before the trio would team up again on Fuller's winner to make it 4-0.

The Rebels would get on the board before the period was out, when Connor Beauchemin beat Hawks goalie Brett Clark with just over four minutes remaining in the first.

However, the Nitehawks would get it back when Fuller scored his second of the night finishing a nice pass from Ryan Edwards on another power play goal at 6:18. Darren Medeiros cut into the lead for Castlegar, wiring his 12th of the season past Clark, but Brandt would restore the four-goal cushion with his second tally of the game.

Rebels forward Kody Disher would make it 6-3, netting Castlegar's only power play marker out of four tries, while Fuller would complete his hat trick with just 38 seconds left in the period.

Trail native Edwards would net his 22nd of the season and third point of the night on the PP as the Hawks went 4-for-5 with the man advantage. Jeremy McNeil would round out the scoring for the Rebels at 10:07.

The Hawks outshot the Rebels 44-43 handing Castlegar its fourth loss in as many games.

In Friday's match up the Nitehawks found themselves down 4-2 after the second period, but struck for four goals in the final frame on their way to the 6-4 victory. Edwards proved the game's hero netting a hat trick including the game winner at 6:40 of the third, while the Hawks Calvin added two goals and two assists on the night.

The Nitehawks play the Nelson Maple Leafs in a home-and-home tonight at the Nest at 7 p.m. and on New Year's eve in Nelson for a 7 p.m. start.

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