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Nitehawk explosion rallies Beaver Valley to 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup

Hawks Jacob Boycuzk was screaming for joy along with BV captain Archie McKinnon during the award ceremonies following the Cyclone Taylor Cup win by the KIJHL Champions from Fruitvale. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Beaver Valley Nitehawks sure know how to keep team supporters on the edge of their seats.

Trailing by one with 10 minutes remaining in the game, the Hawks struck for four goals en route to a 5-2 victory over the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday afternoon before more than 1,200 fans at the NDCC Arena.

The victory ends a 13-year BC Junior B Hockey Championship drought for the Hawks.

The last time the Fruitvale-based club won the Cyclone Taylor Cup was in 2001 with current skipper Terry Jones at the helm.

No joy in Leafville as Aldergrove edges Nelson to advance to Cyclone Taylor Finale

Leaf winger Alec Wilkinson has Kodiak netminder Jordan Liem beat but shoots the puck over the net during second-period action of Saturday's Cyclone Taylor contest between Nelson and Aldergroveat the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Hopes of bringing a Cyclone Taylor Championship back to the Heritage City for the first time in more than 45 years came to a crashing halt for the Nelson Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The Aldergrove Kodiaks rode the red-hot netminding of Jordan Liem to a 2-1 victory over the Leafs during the final round robin of the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

The win allows the Kodiaks to advance into the Gold Medal game Sunday at 2:30 p.m. while the Leafs play for the bronze.

Hawks secure top spot with 3-0 victory, advance to Cyclone Taylor Cup Final

Beaver Valley defenceman Sheldon Hubbard (right) gets into a starring contest with Wade Johnson of the Cougars during third period action of Saturday's Cyclone Taylor game at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Beaver Valley has booked its ticket into the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final.

Brett Clark made 26 saves to power the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Nitehawks to a 3-0 victory over the Victoria Cougars in Cyclone Taylor preliminary round action Saturday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

The win gives Beaver Valley 2-0-1 record, which is good enough for top spot in round robin standings, and a berth in the Cup Final Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The Vancouver Island champs from Victoria, dropping to 1-2, was eliminated with the loss.

Leafs remain alive in Cyclone Taylor Tournament, rally to pull out tie against Hawks

What a difference a day makes as the Leafs were all smiles after Jamie Vlanich (28) tied the game with a second-period marker. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Cyclone Taylor Final is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, but don’t expect any of the four teams to take a flyer during Saturday’s last day of round robin games.

The jury remains on the two finalists for the championship following Day two action after the Nelson Leafs registered a bounce-back game, twice rallying from one-goal-deficits, to pull out a 2-2 tie against archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Cyclone Taylor round robin action Friday night before large crowd at the NDCC Arena.

Trail swim coach to represent province in Saskatchewan

Coach Bill Park ChPC

Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX), formerly known as the Trail Winter Swim Club (TWSC), competitive Coach Bill Park ChPC has been selected by Swim BC to represent the province at the Prospects West Training Camp April 10-13 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Coaches are selected based on the highest FINA point scoring swim in each age group and gender. Many of the TRAX competitive swim program swimmers have scored well at both Provincial AA and AAA Championships this season.

Cougars rain on Nelson parade, feast on Leafs during Cyclone opener

Nelson Mayor John Dooley conducts the ceremonial faceoff between Leaf captain Darnel St. Pierre (right) and Mark Walton of the Victoria Cougars. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Nelson Leafs face a must win as the Cyclone Taylor Cup enters Day two Friday at the NDCC Arena.

Victoria Cougars rained on the parade of the home side, scoring five second-period goals to rout the home side 6-1 in action Thursday night before a disappointing home crowd at the NDCC Arena.

The Leafs now face archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Hawks, tied with Victoria for top spot in Cyclone Taylor Cup standings, opened with a 4-1 win over Aldergrove Kodiaks.

Quick start powers Hawks to 4-1 win over Aldergrove

Hawks Brett Clark shuts the door on a wrap-around attempt by Kodiak's Spencer McHaffie during the first period of Thursday's Cyclone Taylor opener between Beaver Valley and Aldergrove at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

It didn’t take the Beaver Valley Nitehawks long to get into the so-called “zone” at the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.

Riley Brandt scored 12 seconds into the game sparking the Nitehawks to a 4-1 victory over Aldergrove Kodiaks in the opening game of the four-team B.C. Junior B Hockey Championship Tournament Thursday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

Brandt shocked the Pacific Junior Hockey League reps, firing a screened shot past surprised Kodiak starting goalie Jordan Liem on the first rush of the game.