The Beaver Valley Nitehawks returned home in the wee hours of the morning after a road trip win in Fernie Friday, nevertheless, they were all on hand bright and early Saturday morning for Fruitvale’s breakfast with Santa.
The team helped serve up a great breakfast for hundreds of diners at the Fruitvale Memorial Centre but saved their best dish for the Fernie Ghostriders and Hawk fans later that night.
After stealing a 6-5 overtime win on the road, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks made a statement against the Ghostriders blasting them 7-1 at the Beaver Valley Arena on Saturday.
Chris Johnson was named first star with a four-goal outburst, leading the Hawks to the win over rival Fernie that are in first-place in the Eddie Mountain Division.
Johnson netted a natural hat trick scoring the first three goals to put the Hawks up 3-0 before Fernie replied with their lone goal in the second period.
Dallas Calvin picked up a goal and an assist, while Justin Niminiken netted a three-point night with a goal and two helpers. Jacob Boyczuk added the other Hawks goal.
The blowout came in the wake of a hard-fought 6-5 double-overtime win in Fernie. Always a tough barn to play in, the Ghostriders held a 5-3 lead with eight minutes left in regulation. However, Ryan Edwards cut the lead when he scored with eight minutes remaining and Tyler Collins tied it on a power-play goal with five minutes to go.
Chris Derochie made a great individual effort in double-overtime splitting the Fernie D and roofing it against a stunned Fernie goalie Chris Solecki to seize the victory. Derochie finished with three points, adding two assist to his OT winner and Dallas Calvin had a four-point game with a goal and three assists.
Tyler Collins also had another strong performance potting two goals and an assist while Edwards added two goals.
The Ghostriders outshot the Hawks 37-32 in the game but could not beat goalie Zach Perehudoff down the stretch.