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Bantam Leafs 'exceed expectations' in Salmon Arm

The Nelson Daily Sports

The Nelson Leafs managed to hold off a charge from some top competition to finish fourth overall at the Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Bantam Rep Tournament Sunday in the Shuswap Country.

The Leafs dropped a semi final contest to the eventual champion from Aldergrove in the team’s final contest Sunday.

“We are a Tier III team . . . and this was a Tier II (12-team) tournament so the boys performance exceeded our expectations,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt.

“In addition, we had two defence injured and one recovering from injury so one forward (Nolan Percival, Grayson Reitmeier or Michael Viala) had to alternate to defence for the weekend,” Hunt added.

The Leafs pulled out two come from behind wins over Williams Lake and Salmon Arm before dropping a close two-goal contest to a team from Vancouver.

In the first three games Nelson allowed a minuscule seven goals thanks to some solid netminding.

“Our goalies Adam Maida and Brayden Pompou were outstanding,” Hunt exclaimed.

Brandon Sookro and Viala led the team in scoring. The Reps consist of 14 players and two goalies, with two of the skaters from Nakusp.

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