Trail product Nathan Dann had a hat trick in a 5-3 Castlegar Rebels win over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Saturday.
A costly 4-3 overtime loss to Columbia Valley on Friday continued into Saturday’s game against Division rival Murdoch Castlegar Rebels on Saturday.
Castlegar’s Jacob Moldenhauer scored the game-winning power-play goal, shooting the top corner with 2:45 left in the second period to give the Rebels a 4-2 lead.
The win is Castelgar’s second of the season, as they improve to 2-4-1-0, while the Nitehawks are atop the Murdoch Division with a 5-2-1-0 record.
Beaver Valley opened the scoring when Hunter Burgeson took a pass from Brody Martini, broke in and beat Ethan Lawczynski on the low glove side just over six minutes later.
Jesse Courville-Lynch tied the score in a big rebound from Hawks goalie Kevin Engman with 7:10 left in the first quarter.
Rossland’s Ethan Jang made it 2-1 for the Nitehawks three minutes into the second quarter, converting a nice 2-1 pass from Ethan Smyth.
However, 29 seconds later, Dann scored his second of the season on a similar play, finishing a 2-1 Rebels to tie.
Dann made 3-2 Rebels when he skated on neutral ice and landed a shot from outside the blue line that escaped Engman.
Moldenhauer sent the Rebels in the third period with a 4-2 lead, before Dann completed his hat trick on a courageous individual effort at 17:35.
The Nitehawks Ollie Clement scored his second of the season with 2:07 left for the final 5-3.
Castlegar dominated BV 37-33 and was 2 for 7 on the power play, while the Nitehawks went 0 for 5.
Friday’s game against the Rockets was a physical and at times eventful battle between the two leaders of the Kootenay Conference Division.
The Nitehawks were without assistant captain and veteran defenseman Jesse Ihas and dynamic forward Austin McKenzie against the Rebels. Ihas was sentenced to a four-game suspension and McKenzie to a two-game suspension following altercations against Columbia Valley on Friday.
Kayde Kinaschuk scored with 27 seconds left in overtime, converting a Kaelan Shelton setup for Columbia Valley’s 4-3 win.
The Rockets also beat the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Saturday to improve their record to 6-2-0-1, good enough for first place in the Eddie Mountain Division.
The Nitehawks, Ethan Smyth gave BV a 1-0 lead in the first, before goals from Cole Brock and Jakob McLean gave the Rockets a 2-1 lead at the end of two.
Joel Smyth tied it to two, before Brock made it 3-2. Jang tied the game at 3-3 with just under five minutes to go to force overtime.
CV dominated BV 49-41, and with over 160 minutes in penalties, the Rockets were 1 for 8 and the Nitehawks 1 for 5 on the power play.
Beaver Valley is home Friday in Grand Forks at 7 p.m. and heads to Creston on Saturday for a game against the Thunder Cats.