Nitehawks clinch Kootenay Conference with win over Creston

A 2-1 win over the Eddie Murdoch division leading Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Wednesday clinched the Kootenay Conference title for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

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The 37-4-1-2 Nitehawks’ can clinch the KIJHL overall points title with either one more victory in its last three matches or a loss by the Osoyoos Coyotes.

Mitch Foyle scored his third straight game-winning goal to lift the Hawks to the 2-1 victory and B.V.’s 15th straight win.

Kevan McBean notched his second of the season on the power play midway through the opening frame to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. But Creston battled back and Austin Anselmo netted his own power-play goal with 4:03 to play in the period.

Creston pressed in the second outshooting B.V. 12-6, but Hawks goalie Tallon Kramer was stellar once again holding the Thunder Cats off the board the rest of the way.

Foyle tallied his 16th of the season and sixth game-winning goal in just 21 games since joining the Hawks at the end of November.

Kramer earned the game star for the Nitehawks for his 30 saves, while his counterpart Brock LeFebvre earned game star for Creston with 28 saves.

The Nitehawks next face the Columbia Valley Rockies in Invermere on Saturday before returning home Feb. 17 for their final regular season home game against the Kimberley Dynamite.