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Hawks outlast Leafs to grab lead in Murdoch Final

Nelson managed to score four times on Hawks Tallon Kramer. The only problem is the usually stingy Leafs defence allowed five goals of the their own in a 5-4 KIJHL playoff loss to Beaver Valley. — The Nelson Daily file photo

A goal by Dylan Heppler two minutes into the third period proved to be the winner powering the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Tuesday night in Game one of the Murdoch Division Final.

Game two of the best-of-seven series goes Wednesday in Fruitvale.

Heppler took a pass from former Leaf Nolan Percival and Kyle Hope to give the Hawks a 5-3 lead.

Sawyer Hunt scored with 12 seconds remaining in the game to cut the lead to a goal but that would be a close as Nelson would get.

Mitch Foyle and Tyler Hartman scored in the opening frame to give the Hawks an early 2-0 advantage.

However, goals by Logan Wullum, on the power play, and Nicholas Wihak 22 seconds apart tied the game for Nelson.

Hawks Ryan Terpsma and Wihak, on the power play, exchanged goals in the final minutes of the frame as defence took a holiday in the wide open first period.

Tyler Ghirardosi scored the lone goal in the second period for Beaver Valley on a 3-on-1 rush to give the home squad a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.

Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 27-24 in the game giving the Hawks and netminder Tallon Kramer a fifth-straight playoff win.

Devin Allen saw his three-game winning streak stopped in the loss.

The series shift back to Nelson Friday and Saturday at the NDCC Arena for Games three and four.

Puck drop in Nelson is 7 p.m.