Storm host Nitehawks in KIJHL final

The Kamloops Storm and Beaver Valley Nitehawks open the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League championship series tonight.

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The Kamloops Storm and Beaver Valley Nitehawks open the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League championship series tonight.

Game 1 at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre  will mark the first time Kamloops and Beaver Valley have met this season. The puck drops at 7 p.m.

“Both teams are similar,” said Kamloops head coach Ed Patterson. “They’re big, they’re strong, they’re fast, they have good transition games and they’re a bit on the older side.

“Every coach around the league I’ve talked to says we’re as close together as we can get.”

Kamloops, which plays in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference, did not cross over this season with the Kootenay Conference’s Neil Murdoch Division. Game 2 goes Saturday night at McArthur Island.