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Beaver Valley Nitehawks dominate Castlegar Rebels

Beaver Valley Nitehawk forward Ryan Edwards is set up nicely by Sheldon Hubbard to score his second of four goals on the night in an 8-3 win over Castlegar Rebels on Saturday in Castlegar. - Steve Scaia
Beaver Valley Nitehawk forward Ryan Edwards is set up nicely by Sheldon Hubbard to score his second of four goals on the night in an 8-3 win over Castlegar Rebels on Saturday in Castlegar.
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The Beaver Valley Nitehawks made sure they stayed within striking distance of the Nelson Leafs for the top spot in the Neil Murdoch division with two wins over the Castlegar Rebels on the weekend.

The Nitehawks swept the two-game series from the Rebels with a 6-3 win Friday and an 8-3 shellacking on Saturday, while Nelson remained two points up with a pair of wins over Grand Forks Friday and Saturday.

Dallas Calvin netted a hat trick in the B.V. win Friday, while Ryan Edwards added a goal and two assists for a three-point night, and Brett Clark stopped 33 shots in the 6-3 victory.

Jeremy Lucchini also had a good game for the Hawks with a goal and an assist, Fraser Stang picked up two helpers, and Riley Brandt rounded out the scoring. Nate Rabbit stopped 42 shots, and Darren Medeiros scored a goal and an assist for the Rebels.

In Saturday’s return tilt in Castlegar, the Nitehawk’s Edwards had a huge six-point night with four goals and two assists.

Beaver Valley jumped out into a 4-0 first period lead with goals from Calvin, Edwards, and a pair from Braedon Fuller. Aaron Brewer would get Castlegar on the board at 11:49 of the second period, but Edwards would restore the four-goal lead before the close of the period.

Brewer netted his second of the night and Medeiros would cut the lead to 5-3 midway through the third, but two more goals from Edwards and a marker from Sam Swanson would put the game away. B.V. outshot the Rebels 46-38 with goalie Grayson Sharpe solid in the Nitehawks net for his 10th win of the season.

Edwards meanwhile regained the Hawks scoring lead, notching his 31st goal and 53rd assist of the season for 84 points. He and Calvin sit in fourth and fifth overall in scoring in the KIJHL with Calvin two points back of Edwards, who trail Jamie Vlanich of the Leafs in top spot with 35-62-97.

The Leafs eked out a 6-5 win from Grand Forks on Saturday, and a 6-4 victory on Friday to remain two points ahead of the Nitehawks in the Neil Murdoch division.

Beaver Valley ends its regular season this weekend with a game in Spokane on Friday and will meet the Leafs at home on Saturday in what could be a match that determines the division championship.

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