Brandon Formosa takes a shot during Friday’s game against the Fernie Ghostriders.

Brandon Formosa takes a shot during Friday’s game against the Fernie Ghostriders.

Creston Valley Thunder Cats split weekend games

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The Creston Valley Thunder Cats hung on to third place in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Eddie Mountain Division when they added two points to their score this weekend.

On Friday night, the Thunder Cats beat the visiting Beaver Valley Nitehawks — who lead the Neil Murdoch Division — 5-3, their only win on the two-game weekend.

“It was pretty tight for both in the first two periods,” said assistant coach Garth Ludwar. “There’s no doubt about it.”

The Nitehawks began the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period, followed by a Thunder Cats power-play goal from Trevor Forward with 1:30 left in the second. He earned a hat trick by scoring the first two goals of the third period, followed by Scott Swiston and Brock Ward. The Nitehawks scored the final two goals of the game.

Ludwar was impressed by both the team’s work during power plays, as well as the goalie’s work in the net.

“Michael Hails held us in there early in the game,” he said.

The following night’s game didn’t go as well, with the Thunder Cats losing 4-2 to the Fernie Ghostriders.

“Fernie came in with a game plan to target the top players on our team, and that they did,” said Ludwar.

The Thunder Cats managed only one goal, by Jesse Collins, in the first two periods and were down 3-1 by the end of the second. A power-play goal by Brandon Formosa with 2:20 left in the third was the Thunder Cats’ final goal of the night, and the Ghostriders added an empty-netter to their score with 35 seconds left.

“We couldn’t get control later on,” said Ludwar.

He wasn’t, however, disappointed in the team’s effort; the players worked hard in both games.

This weekend, the Thunder Cats host the Columbia Valley Rockies tonight, then head to Fernie on Saturday for a game destined to be high-spirited.

“We’re looking forward to that game,” Ludwar said. “What comes around goes around in the game of life.”

when they added two points to their score this weekend.

On Friday night, the Thunder Cats beat the visiting Beaver Valley Nitehawks — who lead the Neil Murdoch Division — 5-3, their only win on the two-game weekend.

“It was pretty tight for both in the first two periods,” said assistant coach Garth Ludwar. “There’s no doubt about it.”

The Nitehawks began the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period, followed by a Thunder Cats power-play goal from Trevor Forward with 1:30 left in the second. He earned a hat trick by scoring the first two goals of the third period, followed by Scott Swiston and Brock Ward. The Nitehawks scored the final two goals of the game.

Ludwar was impressed by both the team’s work during power plays, as well as the goalie’s work in the net.

“Michael Hails held us in there early in the game,” he said.

The following night’s game didn’t go as well, with the Thunder Cats losing 4-2 to the Fernie Ghostriders.

“Fernie came in with a game plan to target the top players on our team, and that they did,” said Ludwar.

The Thunder Cats managed only one goal, by Jesse Collins, in the first two periods and were down 3-1 by the end of the second. A power-play goal by Brandon Formosa with 2:20 left in the third was the Thunder Cats’ final goal of the night, and the Ghostriders added an empty-netter to their score with 35 seconds left.

“We couldn’t get control later on,” said Ludwar.

He wasn’t, however, disappointed in the team’s effort; the players worked hard in both games.

This weekend, the Thunder Cats host the Columbia Valley Rockies tonight, then head to Fernie on Saturday for a game destined to be high-spirited.

“We’re looking forward to that game,” Ludwar said. “What comes around goes around in the game of life.”