Nitehawks avenge loss by stopping shorthanded Leafs 4-1

first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks snapped a three-game skid in a big way, scoring three times in the first period en route to a 4-1 victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks took advantage of a banged up Leaf squad to climb to within three points of Murdoch leading Castlegar Rebels.“It’s really tough,” said Leaf defenceman Robson Cramer.“We have a lot of key players hurt . . . (Dylan) Williamson, (Michael) Crawford to name a few,” Cramer added. “We only had nine forwards and four “D”, so it’s tough when you’ve got a short bench like that.”Cramer felt the Hawks knew of the Leafs injuries and jumped on the home squad right off the get-go.Mitch Foyle got the Hawks going minutes into the game when he put the puck past Joey Karrer in the Nelson nets.Beaver Valley maintained the 1-0 lead until Allan Pruss increased the margin with a power play goal with five minutes left in the frame.Cramer cut the lead to 2-1 a short time later. But former Leaf Andy Miller restored the lead 40 seconds later. “I figure they knew about our injuries because they put on a lot of pressure on us and got a few goals early which just killed us,” Cramer explained.The Leafs struggled for most of the game to generate any offensive push against the Hawks.The lack of offence was evident in the territorial play and the shot clock, which Nelson had only nine shots in the first two periods.Nelson tried to mount a comeback in the third but any momentum was quickly snuffed out when Foyle scored his second of the game on the power play early in the third.The Leafs tried desperately to cut into the Beaver Valley lead, pulling Karrer with just over three minutes remaining in the game.However, nothing was working for the Green and White on this night.“For the next couple of weeks we’ve just got to stick together until we get some of our guys back,” Cramer said. “In two or three weeks we’ll be getting everyone back and be able to get back to normal.”Hawks Drake Poirier had a relatively easy night in goal, facing only 15 shots to register the win.Meanwhile, Karrer was the busier of the two goalies facing 25 shots as Beaver Valley led in every period.BLUELINES: The Hawks gained some revenge on the Leafs after losing to the Green and White by the same 4-1 score last Sunday in Fruitvale. . . . Leafs Blair Andrews, playing just his second game after a long bout on the injury list, was taken from the ice in the first period after suffering a head injury from a hit in the first period. Andrews was cut as well as suffering contusions to the face area. . . . Also missing from the lineup were Dylan Williamson, Michael Crawford and Timothy Nichols. . . .Leaf assistant coach Sean Dooley tried his best Roger Neilson impression when he waved the white towel on the bench in disgust with the officiating in the third period. Neilson gained instant fame with the Vancouver Canucks when the coach tied a white towel to a stick in a mock surrender during the 1982 National Hockey League Campbell Conference Finals between Vancouver and Chicago. . . . Nelson is back in action Tuesday in Grand Forks before meeting rival Castlegar in a home-and-home series Friday in Castlegar and Saturday at home. . . . Castlegar took over top spot in the Murdoch Division with a 4-3 win over Grand Forks Saturday.last_img

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