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Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

Beaver Valley bounced back from its first loss of the playoffs to score an important 4-1 road victory over host Dynamiters Tuesday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference playoff action in Kimberley.

The win gives the Nitehawks a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five Kootenay Conference Final.

Game four is Wednesday in Kimberley.

If necessary, the series will play the deciding Game five Friday in Fruitvale.

Tied 1-1, Beaver Valley took over the game with a pair of second period goals by Tyler Hartman and team captain Sam Swanson.

Speed Skating Nelson gets better with age

The Nelson Speed Skating Club includes, back row, L-R, Coach Jessica Ludwar, Tristan Phillips, Mercedes Phillips, Ian Walgren, Berend Platje and Coach Bruce Walgren. Front, Charlie Ludwar, Max Loubser, Dylan Boyes, Luke Platje, Oliver Ludwar and June Platje. Missing, Cameron Boyes. — Submitted photo

The season may have concluded, but with the recent success this past year on ice the Nelson Speed Skating Club is already gearing up for 2018.

Club Nelson toured the province to find top flight competition for its skater, traveling to meets in in Kamloops, Kelowna, Port Coquitlam and Vernon.

Kamloops — November 5th, 2016:

In Kamloops with four skaters attending the meet, Berend Platje, Ian Walgren, Luke Platje and June Platje. 

Greater Vancouver ousts Kootenay Wild from playoffs

Greater Vancouver now meets Northern Capitals in the league final.

Despite finishing more than 20 points behind in regular season standings, the Kootenay Wild gave Greater Vancouver Comets everything they could handle before losing two straight in semi final action of the BC Hockey Female AAA League Playoffs.

The Comets squeaked out a pair of one-goal victories to sweep the Wild 2-0 in the best-of-three playoff this past weekend in Coquitlam.

The Coments opened with a 2-1 victory Friday as Jenn Gardiner scored the winner less than a minute into the third period.

KIJHL mourns loss of former star Brendan Burge

“We as an organization are so deeply affected by the passing of this young man and would like to pass on our condolences to his family, his beautiful daughter Bodene and his hockey family that spans far and wide,” the Rockies Facebook Post said.

The entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is morning the loss of a former player following a freak accident Friday in Kelowna.

Former Columbia Valley Rockies forward Brendan Burge has been identified on social media as the man who died tragically after falling from the fifth-floor balcony of a downtown Kelowna condo. 

“A very sad day for the KIJHL,” said a post Sunday on the Columbia Valley Rockies Facebook Page.

Nitros even Kootenay Conference series with 3-2 win over Nitehawks

Beaver Valley lost its first game of the playoffs Saturday, and now face a must-win situation on the road beginning Tuesday against Kimberley. — The Nelson Daily photo

After coasting through the Murdoch Division, winning eight straight, and the first game of the Kootenay Conference series, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks now face some adversity against the Kimberley Dynamiters.

The Nitros scored a much-needed road victory, edging the Hawks 3-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference Playoff action Saturday in Fruitvale.

The win evens the best-of-seven Kootenay Conference Final at 1-1 with Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Bavarian City.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Nelson Leafs Award Winners

The Leaf award winners included, back row, L-R, Dale Howell, coach Mario DiBella, Devin Allen, Brent Headon, coach Sean Dooley and Zach Morey. Front, Sawyer Hunt, Sam Weber, Andy Fitzpatrick and Jack Karran. Missing from photo, Aigne McGeady-Bruce. — Photo courtesy Nelson Leafs Hockey Club

The Nelson Leafs culminated a very successful season on the ice with its annual awards banquet ceremony.

The Leafs finished the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League campaign strong, knocking off Castlegar Rebels before being ousted by Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

Mallard's Source for sports would like to salute the Leaf award winners with Team of the Week honours.

The winners included:

Hard works pays off as Nelson's Reece Hunt lands hockey scholarship to Bemidji State University

Reece Hunt has had a great season playing for the Kootenay Wild, scoring 16 goals and 15 assists in 29 games. — Submitted photo

The future looks so bright for Nelson’s Reece Hunt that this elite female hockey player had better zip down to the nearest sunglass outlet to pick up a nice pair of shades.

Hunt, who has been burning up the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild this season, recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.

“Bemidji is a great school so I was really excited,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily recently.

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