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Beaver Valley puts Creston Thunder Cats on the ropes

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks Lyle Frank gets airborn on this screen shot, as the Hawks rolled to a 3-1 series lead after a 5-3 victory over the Creston Thunder Cats on Saturday.  - Jim Bailey
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks Lyle Frank gets airborn on this screen shot, as the Hawks rolled to a 3-1 series lead after a 5-3 victory over the Creston Thunder Cats on Saturday.
— image credit: Jim Bailey

For the second series in a row the Creston Valley Thunder Cats are on the verge of elimination as the Beaver Valley Nitehawk took a 3-1 Kootenay Conference final series lead with a 5-3 victory at the Hawks Nest on Saturday.

Playoff leading scorer Ryan Edwards scored twice including the game winner at 1:33 of the second period to give the Hawks a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.

The Hawks jumped out to a 2-1 lead on goals by Dan Holland and Russell Mortlock, however Brandon Formosa would tie it at two at 17:34 of the second period on a power play. Taylor Stafford would put the Hawks back on top with a power play goal of his own just 15 seconds later.

Edwards would score his second on the night on another power play, as the Nitehawks went 2-for-8 on the night to make 5-2. Matti Jmaef would round out the scoring for the Cats with just 70 seconds to play.

Edwards leads all scorers in the playoffs with 13 goals and 15 assists, while Dallas Calvin is second with 11-13-24. The Nitehawks outshot the Cats 47 to 43 with Brett Clark picking up the win in net for B.V.

Game 5 goes in Creston on Monday while Game 6 returns to Beaver Valley Arena Tuesday at 7 p.m. if necessary.

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