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Next up, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks

The Nelson Leafs could help but smile after knocking off the Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division Semi Final Friday at the NDCC Arena. — The Nelson Daily photo

While the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have cruised along this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season over nice smooth newly laid pavement, the Nelson Leafs have hit almost every pothole along the way to a third-place finish in the Murdoch Division.

However, despite the Hawks finishing with 17 more wins and 33 points better in the Murdoch standing than the Leafs, both teams enter Tuesday opening game of the best-of-seven series on even terms.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Wildcats

The Wildcats include, from left, coach Tekki Brown-Hryniw, Leanne Kabatoff, Taylen Hryniw, Eeana Cotton, Rosie Velisek, Hannah Dube, Caitlin Johnson, Els Hryniw, Victoria Peebles, Simone Chernoff and coach Kris Hryniw. — Submitted photo

The Mount Sentinel Wildcats finished the Kootenay High School A Girl's Basketball season in fourth spot after a narrow 62-60 loss to Fernie Falcons at the recent Zone Championships in Nakusp.

Rosie Velisek played her best game of the year to lead the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points including two three-pointers along with several offensive and defensive rebounds.

The Fernie loss came after the top-ranked Wildcats lost 62-39 to Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.

Senior Hannah Dube the top scorer for Mount Sentinel with nine points.

Leafs Win! Leafs Win! Leafs eliminate Rebels from KIJHL Playoffs

Leafs Sam Weber forces Nico Sidoni of the Rebels to the board during a thrilling third period of Friday's KIJHL playoff game at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

For once, the Nelson Leafs did not need overtime.

After winning three games in extra time, the Leafs needed only 60 minutes to eliminate the Castlegar Rebels from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.

Kyle Rosolowski banged home a rebound for the game’s only goal midway through the third period as Nelson edged Castlegar 1-0 in KIJHL Murdoch Division Semi Final action Friday before more than 1,000 fans at the NDCC Arena.

Leafs continue to shine in overtime

Logan Wullum staked the Leafs to a 3-2 series lead with the overtime winner Thursday.

It's obvious, the Nelson Leafs don't mind putting in a little overtime to get the job done.

Logan Wullum scored with 2:34 remaining in the first overtime period sparking the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Castlegar Rebels Thursday night in the Sunflower City.

The win gives the Leafs a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final with Game six Friday at the NDCC Arena.

All three of Nelson's wins have come in extra time.

From Nelson Leafs to opening for American Rocker

The Croome family with Jon Bon Jovi (center). — Photo courtesy Twitter

It wasn’t that long ago that Patrick Croome was knocking opposing players off their rocker in front of the Nelson Leaf nets during his two years of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Junior B time as a defenceman in the Green and White.

With a 6-foot something frame, Croome made it look easy as his physical style of play kept opposing forwards looking for the Leaf defenceman anytime they entered the offensive zone.

Sawyer Hunt Plays Overtime Hero, Again

Sawyer Hunt (white jersey) scored his second OT marker of the series to lead Nelson to a 1-0 victory in Game four of the KIJHL Murdoch Divison Semi Final.

Facing a must-win, the Nelson Leafs turned to its captain to provide leadership.

Sawyer Hunt scored his second overtime goal of the playoffs to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 victory over the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final action Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.

The best-of-seven series is now tied 2-2 with Game five Thursday in the Sunflower City.

Hunt scored the overtime winner in Game one, netting the difference-maker in the fourth extra time period.

Nelson's Finn Megale eyes BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals

Finn Megale (far left) accepts his silver medals following a successful showing at the Western Canada Snowboard Cross Series in Lake Louise. — Chris Quiring photo

Watch out world, here comes Finnegan Megale.

The Nelson boarder is off to the BC Provincial Snowboard Cross finals next weekend at Big White Resort near Kelowna after capturing a pair of silver medals during a meet over the weekend in Lake Louise.

Megale, 14, was one of more than 100 boarders who participated at the Western Canada Snowboard Cross Series.

Megale has had his sights on snowboard cross racing since he was four years old.

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