Derochie, Sookro help Hawks outlast Rebels 7-6 to square Murdoch
By The Nelson Daily Sports
Chris Derochie and Ryon Sookro combined for nine points to spark the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 7-6 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Rebels Saturday in Castlegar.
The win evens the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Final at 1-1. Game three is Monday in Fruitvale.
Beaver Valley held period leads of 3-1 and 5-2. The Hawks increased the margin to 7-3 in the third before the Rebels scored three times to make the score close.
Colton Donselaar and Sookro each scored twice to pace the Hawks with Derek Lashuk, Keanan Patershuk and Mason Spear added singles. Derochie finished the game with five assists.
Spencer Brodt scored twice for the Rebels with Stuart Walton, Jamie Vlanich, Tyler Robinson and Jesse Knowler each scoring singles.
Michael Vlanich faced 38 shots to register the win in goal for Beaver Valley. Cole Buckley survived 38 minutes in goal before being replaced by backup Alex Ross.
Special teams proved to be the difference as Beaver Valley scored four times on the power play. The Rebels scored once on the power play and with Knowler beating Vlanich with a shorthanded tally.
Friday, Castlegar scored five times in the opening period to dump the Hawks 6-2.
Knowler, Erik Wentzel, Walton, Jamie Vlanich, Diego Bartlett and Tyler Anderson scored singles for the winners. Tyler Collins and Dallas Calvin replied for the Hawks.
Buckley had a much easier time in the Rebel goal to register the win. Zach Perehudoff played two periods before being replaced by Vlanich in the Beaver Valley goal.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Creston Valley is proving to be a much tough opponent that the Fernie Ghostriders hoped for as the Thunder Cats dumped the Eddie Mountain Division champs 5-2 Saturday in Fernie. Five different players shared in the scoring for Creston. . . .Osoyoos Coyotes hold a 2-0 lead in the Okanagan Division final while defending KIJHL Champ Revelstoke Grizzlies lead the Kamloops Storm 2-0 in the Shuswap Division Final.