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Leafs begin three-game exhibition home series against KIJHL Champs

Nelson plays Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Grand Forks to conclude the preseason.

The Nelson Leafs conclude the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season this weekend with three home games at the NDCC Arena.

The Leafs, fresh off a 4-2 loss to the defending KIJHL Champion Nitehawks, host Beaver Valley Friday at 7 p.m. to begin the three-game set.

Nelson led 2-1 after 20 minutes before the Hawks stormed back with three straight goals — two in the second frame and one marker in the third.

Saturday Castlegar visits the Heritage City for a 7 p.m. date before the third Murdoch rival, Grand Forks Border Bruins finish off the preseason Sunday with an afternoon tilt.

The six-game exhibition season has allowed management to see first hand what kind of team will open the regular season Friday, September 8 against Beaver Valley at the NDCC Arena.

Nelson finished last season in third spot in the Murdoch Division with a 21-21-1-0-4 record.

The Leafs then upset Castlegar in the first round of the plays before falling to the eventual KIJHL Champion Nitehawks in four games.