Sports

North Okanagan Knights ramp up offence early to ice Nitehawks

A trio of highlight-reel, first-period goals helped give the North Okanagan Knights the spark they needed in a 5-2 win over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Colton Thibault (12th goal), on a 5-on-3 disadvantage, Matty Saharchuk (24th), on a power move from down low on a powerplay, and Mat Lambert, on a gorgeous bar-down backhander at even strength, helped set the offensive tone for the 30-11-1-3 Knights. They share second overall in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League with the Castlegar Rebels and are on a nine-game win streak.

“Our first period, we were good,” said Knights’ head coach Kris Mallette. “All three lines did a great job.

“We’re creeping up in the standings. Kamloops (Storm) did us a favour (Friday) night; they beat Sicamous (Eagles, 4-3).”

The Knights are in Summerland today (2 p.m.) for a matinee with the Steam (18-22-1-2). They host Sicamous (25-11-2-4) Wednesday at Nor-Val.

KIJHL scoring leader Dallas Calvin, with his 29th and 30th goals, handled the 28-13-3-1 Hawks’ attack, scoring the opening goal at the five-minute mark. The Trail native added the 4-2 goal in the second period.

Steve Pantazopoulos (10th) and second star Dylan Bowen (1st) rounded out the Knights attack in the second period.

Beaver Valley came on hard in the second and third periods, but North Okanagan stood tall, anchored by the solid goaltending of third star Austin Buzzell (41 saves).

“We weathered the storm,” said Mallette. “We were doing the little things well, but they came hard.”

ICE CHIPS: Saharchuk has been added to the WHL Everett Silvertips 50-player protected list.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

World Cup of Hockey returns in 2016
 
Gymnasts come to Vernon for Queen of Hearts
 
Hill grabs Winter X Games gold
Sovereign skiers grab gold
 
VIDEO: Vasek Pospisil defeats Paolo Lorenzi, advances to Aussie Open 3rd round
 
Vernon RCMP seek person of interest in connection with 2014 theft from ATM
Mine inspections beefed up in B.C.
 
Dolly Parton’s parcel off to Tennessee
 
Driver earns chance to race Daytona

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event




Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 25 edition online now. Browse the archives.