Friday, March 23, 2012

Nitehawks Win Kootenay Conference

A 6-2 win tonight in Fruitvale helped the Beaver Valley Nitehawks punch their ticket to the 2012 KIJHL finals.

Dallas Calvin scored twice, including a late first-period goal that stood up as the eventual game-winner, to help the 'Hawks past Fernie to the league championship series against the Kelowna Chiefs.

Calvin put up five goals over the five games against the Ghostriders.

After 16 year-old Craig Martin and Ghostrider forward (and ex-Nelson Leaf) Connor McLaughlin exchanged first period tallies (the McLaughlin goal on a short-handed breakaway), BV defenseman Derek Lashuk split the "D" and banked a shot in off the left goal-post to give the Nitehawks a lead they would not relinquish.

Two goals from Calvin and Justin Niminiken in a 50-second frame late in period two broke the game wide open, before Josh Peters rounded out the scoring in the third.

Brendan Burge had the other Fernie goal off a rush from the left wing in the second period.

BV goaltender Zach Perehudoff made 28 saves to improve to 8-1 in the 2012 post-season.

Ironically enough, it was Lashuk's younger brother Brent who tucked home the OT winner tonight for the Chiefs in their Okanagan Conference Championship clincher. Kelowna fired 81 shots at the Sicamous goal, winning the game 4-3 and the series 4-1.

The finals schedule should be made public over the next day or so, check the Nitehawks blog (link to the right) as I'll be out of town this weekend and may not get a posting in. Beaver Valley will have home-ice advantage.

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