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Leafs salute graduation players Howell, Gorn, Weber

Leaf Treasurer Karilynn Carr makes a presentation before Monday's KIJHL playoff game at the NDCC Arena tothree graduating players, from left, goalie Billy Gorn and forward Sam Weber and Dale Howell. — Photo courtesy Nelson Leafs

The Nelson Leafs executive saluted three graduating players prior to Monday's Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff game against the Castlegar Rebels at the NDCC Arena.

Injured goalie Billy Gorn and forwards Sam Weber and Dale Howell were all presented with mementos to commemorate their last year of Junior B hockey.

Howell, who came to the Leafs in a trade this offseason, was a key cog on the Leafs roster this season, playing 45 games and scoring 21 goals and adding 24 assists.

Nelson Toyota, Northport advance to Men's Basketball League Final

A strong second half powered Kootenay Lake Electric (dark jersey) past Selkirk College Monday at the LVR Hangar.

Nelson Toyota and Northport will meet in the final of the West Kootenay Men's Basketball League after scoring win in semi final action Monday in Nelson and Rossland.

Nelson Toyota built up a big lead then held off a late charge to upset regular season champ Empire Coffee 88-78 at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.

Meanwhile, Northport defeated Flying Steamshovel of Rossland 75-55 to secure the other spot in the final.

Mallard's Team of the Week — West Kootenay Champs, Nelson Atom Leafs

The West Kootenay Atom Champs from Nelson include, staff row, L-R, Manager Staci Proctor, Head Coach Kevin Dewar, Coach Brian Jones, Safety Derek Jackman. Players, back row, Levi Konken, Gunner Evenson, Dane Jones, Myles Cousins, Cash Nay and Mitchell Erickson. Middle, Nathan Jackman, Jaden Hlookoff, Larson Proctor, Sebastian Conne-Correnti, Cohen Wolbaum, Cash Linnen and Dax Dewar. Front, goalie Shea Andersen. Missing from photo, Coach Leif Luttmer— Submitted photo

Nathan Jackman scored in overtime sparking the Nelson Leafs to the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Atom B Championship Sunday in Midway.

The goal was the second of the game for Jackman as Nelson outlasted Trail Blazers 7-6 in extra time.

Nelson Chiefs won the other West Kootenay Banner of the tournament.

Sebastian Conne Correnti led the Leafs with three goals while Cash Nay added a single.

Nelson against needed overtime to advance to the final, getting past rival Trail Toads 4-3 in shootout.

Styler sinks Leafs in overtime lifting Rebels into series lead

There's a puck in there somewhere as Leafs Dale Howell attempts to fish out the biscuit of from the skates during third period of Monday's KIJHL playoff game against Castlegar at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

Before the first puck dropped on the Murdoch Division Semi Final between Castlegar and Nelson, Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella said for his team to be successful they must be “disciplined” against a team with a dominating power play.

Monday, the Leafs witnessed first hand the dangers of rolling the dice against the Rebels.

Selkirk College Saints Capture Third Straight Win

Selkirk College Saints captain Tyler Kerner helped pace his team to a pair of 4-3 victories over the University of Victoria Vikes at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre this past weekend. The Saints will play their last home game of the BCIHL season this coming Friday night at 7 p.m. against the Eastern Washington University Eagles.

If the Selkirk College Saints are successful in capturing their fifth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title, this season they will need to do it on the road.

The four-time defending league champions won both weekend games against the University of Victoria Vikes at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, but struggles earlier this semester have entrenched the Saints in third place.

West Kootenay curlers come up short at BC Seniors Championships

Three members of last year's BC Champion rink, from left, lead Fred Thomson of Nelson, third Stephenson of Kelowna and second Don Freschi, lost out in the final of the  2017 BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships Sunday in Salmon Arm. — Photo courtesy Facebook

The phrase, “Three Strikes You're Out” is generally association with the game of baseball.

However, Sunday in Salmon Arm, the phrase took on a whole new meaning for the Rob Koffski rink of Kelowna.

The rink whiffed on the final chance at capturing the 2017 BC Senior Men’s Curling Championships, losing 8-4 to Craig Lepine Langley.

Lepine, third Stan Walker, second Craig McLeod and lead Mike Pelech, advance to the Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships next month in Fredericton, NB.

Rebels rally back to square series against the Leafs

Castlegar's Shawn Campbell and Jack Karran of the Leafs battle it out in the faceoff circle in KIJHL playoff action in the Sunflower City. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

It took the Castlegar Rebels three games to capture its first win in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final against the Nelson Leafs.

Well, almost.

After being outlasted in what technically were two games of playing time Thursday, the Rebels bounced back Saturday to draw even with the Green and White in the Murdoch Division series.

Castlegar scored early and often, building up a 3-0 lead just over 13 minutes into the game en route to a 4-1 decision over the Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff action in the Sunflower City.

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