Hawks oust Thunder Cats to advance to KIJHL Final against Storm
Rebounding from an opening game loss, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks won four straight to capture the Kootenay Conference Championship Monday in Creston with a 6-2 win over the Thunder Cats.
The Hawks win the best-of-seven Conference Series 4-1 and now advance to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship beginning Friday against the Kamloops Storm.
Kamloops, the KIJHL regular season champs, swept 100 Mile House Wranglers 4-0 in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference series.
The first two games of the series are in Kamloops before the series shifts to Beaver Valley for Games three and four, March 31 and April 1.
If necessary the remaining games are set for April 3 (Kamloops), April 4 (Fruitvale) and April 6 (Kamloops).
Braden Fuller scored once and added two assists to power the Nitehawks past the Eddie Mountain Champs from Creston.
The Thunder Cats won the opener of the series 5-4.
But the Hawks stole Game two 6-3 before sweeping the rest of the series by a combined score of 17-7.
The KIJHL champion advances to the Cyclone Taylor Cup, set for April 10-13 in Nelson.
In other KIJHL news:
The Grand Forks Border Bruins are proud to announce that forward Jackson Purvis has committed to play hockey for the Bethel University Royals during the 2014/15 season. Bethel is a NCAA Division III program located in St Paul, Minnesota.
Purvis captained the Border Bruins this past season, and is a two time Team MVP and 2012/13 Neil Murdoch Division Most Sportsmanlike Player.
Purvis tallied 50 goals and 61 assists for 111 points in 82 games.