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Selkirk College Saints Celebrate Season’s Achievements

Seventeen of the 24 Selkirk College Saints hockey players received Academic Awards for their performance in the classroom during the 2016-2017 BCIHL season. Some of those picking up the award included (L-R) Troy Maclise, Jordan Rauser, Derek Georgopoulos, Jonas Horvath, Dane Feeney, Justin Kanigan (assistant coach), Austin Wells, Kyle Wheeler (assistant coach), Gordon Campbell and Brent Heaven (head coach). — Selkirk College photo

The Selkirk College Saints hockey program has established itself as the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) gold standard on the ice, but it’s away from the rink where equally impressive feats have been elevated.

At the team’s annual awards night last week, the Saints handed out year-end honours to those players who lead the way during the 2016-2017 season. Though the team fell short of winning its fifth straight BCIHL championship last month, the celebration of achievement was not dulled by the final outcome on the ice.

Hawks handle Storm to clinch Cyclone Taylor Cup

Nelson native Nolan Percival shares a photo with Hawks head coach Terry Jones following Sunday's Cyclone Taylor Cup victory in Creston. — Submitted photo

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored five unanswered goals to dump the Campbell River Storm 6-2 in the final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday in Creston.

Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Beaver Valley, which last won the Cyclone Taylor Cup in 2014, now represents BC at the Keystone Cup later this month in Manitoba.

This is the third BC Championship for the Beaver Valley franchise and the second straight Cyclone Taylor Cup for the KIJHL. In 2016, 100 Mile House won the title.

Hawks meet Storm in Cyclone Taylor Cup Final

Hawks meet Storm in Cyclone Taylor Cup Final

After losing for only the third time this playoff season Friday, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks responded in a big way Saturday at the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Creston.

The Hawks rocked the hometown Thunder Cats 6-2 to advance to the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final Sunday against the Campbell River Storm.

Kyle Hope scored three times and McKoy Hauck and Tyler Hartman each added two assists to power the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champs into the final and a chance to represent BC at the Keystone Cup later this month in Arborg, Manitoba.

Hawks blast Storm 6-0 in Cyclone Taylor opener

Hawks blast Storm 6-0 in Cyclone Taylor opener

Game one is in the books for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks at the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Creston.

And if Thursday's score is any indication of what is to come, then the Hawks look to be the early favourites to win it all come Sunday.

Beaver Valley pounded Chris Smith in the Campbell River nets with 43 shots en route to a convincing 6-0 shellacking of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Champs Thursday during the opening day of the Cyclone Taylor Cup in Creston.

Toneff leaves Smokies for Buccaneers

Photo by Randy Emery

Assistant Coach Curtis Toneff has left the Trail Smoke Eaters to accept a position as the Head Coach and General Manager of the Nanaimo Buccaneers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). Though we are sad to see a young coach of Curt’s calibre leave our organization, we are excited for him as he takes the next step in his coaching career.

Cyclone Taylor field is set — Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

Cyclone Taylor field is set — Nitehawks, Thunder Cats represent KIJHL

The field has been set for the 2017 Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Creston.

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Campbell River Storm was the final team to book its ticket to the four-team BC Junior B Hockey Championships.

The Storm needed four overtime periods to edge Victoria Cougars 4-3 in the seventh game of the VIJHL Championship Sunday in Victoria.

Christian Brandt was the hero with an unassisted goal at 4:48 of the 4th overtime to give the Storm a trip to Creston and the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

Hawks sweep past Heat to capture KIJHL Championship

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks were all smiles during the team championship photo after completing the sweep Thursday in Chase. — Photo BVNiteHawks Twitter

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks brought out the brooms to capture another Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title after the Kootenay Conference squad defeated the Chase Heat 5-2 Thursday night at the Art Holding Memorial Arena.

Beaver Valley wins the best-of-five KIJHL Final 3-0 and now represents the league in Creston at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 6-9.

"An exceptional effort by an exceptional group of young men. . .. I couldn't be prouder," said Hawks head coach Terry Jones on his Twitter feed following the game.

Nitehawks rally past Heat to take commanding lead in KIJHL Final

The Hawks, seen here during the series against Nelson, once again worked their playoff magic to pull off a Game two victory over the Heat. — The Nelson Daily file photo

If the Chase Heat need a shoulder to cry on following Game two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship Series, the squad can put in a call to the Nelson Leafs.

Because the Nelson Leafs are probably the only team that can relate to the heartbreaking experienced by the Heat after Beaver Valley rallied from a 4-1 deficit to edge Chase 5-4 Tuesday night at the Fruitvale Arena to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five final.

Game three is Thursday in Chase.

Swanson captains Hawks to 6-3 victory over Heat in KIJHL Championship opener

Tallon Kramer and the Nitehawks grabbed a one game lead in the KIJHL Final after doubling the Chase Heat 6-3 Monday at the Fruitvale Arena. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Captain Sam Swanson scored twice to lead the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a convincing 6-3 victory over the Chase Heat in the opening game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship Monday night in Fruitvale.

Game two of the best-of-five League Final is set for Tuesday in Beaver Valley.

Tyler Hartman, adding two assists to finish the game with three points, Bradley Ross, Mitch Foyle and Jake Yuris also scored for the regular season champions.

Swanson also had three points in the game.

Hawks, Heat faceoff in KIJHL Final

Hawks, Heat faceoff in KIJHL Final

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks will meet the Chase Heat to determine the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion after the Hawks and Heat outlasted Kimberley and Osoyoos in deciding Conference Final games Friday.

Beaver Valley scored four times in the opening frame to dump Kimberley Dynamiters 5-2 in the Kootenay Conference fifth game.

Tyler Ghirardosi got the party started for the home fans with two goals seven minutes into the first period.

Devon Langelaar stopped the bleeding with a goal two minutes later.

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