April 2014

Cougars rain on Nelson parade, feast on Leafs during Cyclone opener

Nelson Mayor John Dooley conducts the ceremonial faceoff between Leaf captain Darnel St. Pierre (right) and Mark Walton of the Victoria Cougars. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Nelson Leafs face a must win as the Cyclone Taylor Cup enters Day two Friday at the NDCC Arena.

Victoria Cougars rained on the parade of the home side, scoring five second-period goals to rout the home side 6-1 in action Thursday night before a disappointing home crowd at the NDCC Arena.

The Leafs now face archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Hawks, tied with Victoria for top spot in Cyclone Taylor Cup standings, opened with a 4-1 win over Aldergrove Kodiaks.

Armed male grabs cash from Kootenay Exchange, discharges weapon during robbery

The Kootenay Exchange on Vernon Street in Nelson was robbed Friday afternoon. — The Nelson Daily photo

No one was hurt during a mid-day robbery Friday at the Kootenay Exchange on Vernon Street in Nelson.

Sergeant Dino Falcone of the Nelson Police Department told The Nelson Daily an armed male entered the local currency business at 1:15 p.m, brandishing a firearm.

“The man threatened staff and discharged his weapon,” Sgt. Falcone said.

“He was able to gain access into an office and was able to leave with an undisclosed amount of cash.”

Sgt. Falcone said it was very fortunate that no one was injured during the robbery.

Leafs remain alive in Cyclone Taylor Tournament, rally to pull out tie against Hawks

What a difference a day makes as the Leafs were all smiles after Jamie Vlanich (28) tied the game with a second-period marker. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Cyclone Taylor Final is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, but don’t expect any of the four teams to take a flyer during Saturday’s last day of round robin games.

The jury remains on the two finalists for the championship following Day two action after the Nelson Leafs registered a bounce-back game, twice rallying from one-goal-deficits, to pull out a 2-2 tie against archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Cyclone Taylor round robin action Friday night before large crowd at the NDCC Arena.

NPD report sad ending to case of missing Nelson woman

NPD report sad ending to case of missing Nelson woman

Nelson Police is reporting a sad ending to the case of the missing Nelson woman, Jade Giesen.

Giesen, 47, missing since Sunday (April 6) was found deceased by Search and Rescue Friday (April 11) at approximately 8 p.m. near the Burlington Northern Rail bed on the way to Troup Junction, before the first trestle.

Nelson Police Detective Nathaniel Holt confirmed news to The Nelson Daily Saturday that Giesen was found approximately 50 feet from the rail bed in the woods.

Hawks secure top spot with 3-0 victory, advance to Cyclone Taylor Cup Final

Beaver Valley defenceman Sheldon Hubbard (right) gets into a starring contest with Wade Johnson of the Cougars during third period action of Saturday's Cyclone Taylor game at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Beaver Valley has booked its ticket into the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final.

Brett Clark made 26 saves to power the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Nitehawks to a 3-0 victory over the Victoria Cougars in Cyclone Taylor preliminary round action Saturday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

The win gives Beaver Valley 2-0-1 record, which is good enough for top spot in round robin standings, and a berth in the Cup Final Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The Vancouver Island champs from Victoria, dropping to 1-2, was eliminated with the loss.

UPDATED: Skier killed in avalanche near Golden from Leavenworth Washington

UPDATED: Skier killed in avalanche near Golden from Leavenworth Washington

RCMP confirmed the woman killed in an avalanche near Golden Friday was from Leavenworth, Washington.

RCMP report at approximately 2:30 p.m., a group of back country skiers were caught in an avalanche in the Mount Wotan area of British Columbia. 

 A group of six skiers had been traversing in back country terrain on Mount Wotan when an avaranche occurred,  burying one of the skiers partially and another entirely. 

No joy in Leafville as Aldergrove edges Nelson to advance to Cyclone Taylor Finale

Leaf winger Alec Wilkinson has Kodiak netminder Jordan Liem beat but shoots the puck over the net during second-period action of Saturday's Cyclone Taylor contest between Nelson and Aldergroveat the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Hopes of bringing a Cyclone Taylor Championship back to the Heritage City for the first time in more than 45 years came to a crashing halt for the Nelson Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The Aldergrove Kodiaks rode the red-hot netminding of Jordan Liem to a 2-1 victory over the Leafs during the final round robin of the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

The win allows the Kodiaks to advance into the Gold Medal game Sunday at 2:30 p.m. while the Leafs play for the bronze.

After 28 years, Francis Welwood retires from Welcome Wagon

Francis Welwood . . . rewarding job.

By Randi Jensen, The Nelson Daily

For almost than three decades Francis Welwood has tossed out the red carpet to welcome to new families to the Heritage City.

But after 28 years on the job, Welwood, now in her early 70’s, has decided to hang her Welcome Wagon hat and retire from her position as hostess in the Nelson and West Arm area.

“Helping people integrate into the community is rewarding in itself and can give great satisfaction,” Welwood explains after recently announcing her retirement.

Cougars capture Cyclone bronze with 3-0 shutout of host Nelson Leafs

End of a season: The Leaf players watch from the blueline the Victoria Cougars accept their bronze medals following the consolation round contest Sunday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Maybe it was the big, larger-than-life, red goalie pads.

Whatever, the reason the Nelson Leafs will be glad not to have to face Victoria goalie Connor Beauchamp again for some time after the 6’1”, 195-pound netminder stymied the Green and White for the second time in four days.

The Nanton, Alta., native made 23 saves to lead the Vancouver Island Champion Cougars to a 3-0 shutout over the Leafs in Bronze Medal Round action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

Nitehawk explosion rallies Beaver Valley to 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup

Hawks Jacob Boycuzk was screaming for joy along with BV captain Archie McKinnon during the award ceremonies following the Cyclone Taylor Cup win by the KIJHL Champions from Fruitvale. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Beaver Valley Nitehawks sure know how to keep team supporters on the edge of their seats.

Trailing by one with 10 minutes remaining in the game, the Hawks struck for four goals en route to a 5-2 victory over the Aldergrove Kodiaks in the final of the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday afternoon before more than 1,200 fans at the NDCC Arena.

The victory ends a 13-year BC Junior B Hockey Championship drought for the Hawks.

The last time the Fruitvale-based club won the Cyclone Taylor Cup was in 2001 with current skipper Terry Jones at the helm.