Leafs keep pace with Hawks by edging Spokane Braves 4-3

Leafs keep pace with Hawks by edging Spokane Braves 4-3

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continue to be one of the elite teams in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The problem for the Leafs is another elite team plays in the same division.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks took over the lead in the Murdoch Division by completing the weekend sweep Sunday in Grand Forks with a 7-5 decision over the Border Bruins.The win keeps the Hawks in first place in the Murdoch Division, one point ahead of Nelson.Dallas Calvin was unstoppable for the Hawks, accumulating 13 points in three games to lead Beaver Valley. Sunday Calvin led the Hawks with three goals and an assist.Riley Brandt added a pair for Beaver Valley while Jeremy Lucchini and Braden Fuller added singles. Tucker Brown, with a pair, Lincoln Lane, Graham Watkins and Michael Rand replied for Grand Forks.Nelson kept pace with the Hawks, bouncing back from a loss Friday in Grand Forks to edge the Spokane Braves 4-3 Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson held period leads of 3-1 and 4-2 before securing the win with a solid third period.Brandon Sookro, Darnel St. Pierre, Linden Horswill and Travis Wellman, playing his second game after missing a few weeks with the lower body injury, scored for Nelson.Wellman and Jamie Vlanich finished the game each with two points for Nelson.Sean Collins, Kurtis Redding and Justin Bonanno in the final seconds of the game replied for Spokane.Brad Rebagliati faced 33 shots for Nelson to register the win in goal.Nelson out shot Spokane 43-33 in the game.ICE CHIPS: Beaver Valley and Nelson both clinched playoff spots with Sunday’s wins. . . . Nelson will lose the services of defenceman Patrick Croome, who was involved in fight with time expired in the game. . . . Nelson hosts Castlegar, Friday, and Grand Forks, Saturday at the NDCC Arena. . . . Leafs Jamie Vlanich climbed to within a point of Nick Joseph of the Kelowna Chiefs in KIJHL scoring. Vlanich has 27 goals and 47 assists for 74 points. Teammate Travis Wellman is tied for fifth spot with 68 points. . . . Nelson captain Darnel St. Pierre was back in the lineup Sunday after serving a two-game suspension. . . . Alex Wilkerson was also back in the lineup for Nelson after recovering from an upper body injury.last_img

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