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Leafs slide continues as Rockies rally to 5-3 KIJHL victory

No joy in Leafsville as Nelson fights four-game losing skid.

Davin Burton scored the winning goal 57 seconds into the third period sparking the Columbia Valley Rockies to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday night in Invermere.

The loss was the fourth straight for the Green and White, and the fifth time in the last six games Nelson has dropped points.

Nelson jumped to a 2-0 lead late in the first period on goals by Alex Meeker and Logan Wullum, the latter a shorthanded marker.

But Mike Dyck, his first of two in the game, cut the lead in half with a goal before the buzzer.

Silver the medal of choice for Nelson Atom Leafs

The silver medal winning Atom Leafs include, L-R, Coaches Leif Luttmer, Brian Jones and Kevin Dewar holding Sebastian Conne-Correnti. Players back row,  Levi Konken, Dane Jones, Miles Cousins, Jaden Hlookoff, Gunner Evenson, Nathan Jackman, Cash Nay, Cohen Wolbaum and Cash Linnen. Front: Larson Proctor, Mitchell Erickson, Dax Dewar and goalie Shea Andersen. — Submitted photo

If the planet ever runs low on its supply of silver, world leaders can always contact the Nelson Atom Leafs to see if they can spare a few their precious medals.

The Leafs won its third silver medal of the season Sunday in Beaver Valley at the Greater Trail Atom Minor Hockey Tournament.

Nelson, finishing second in Kimberley and Castlegar, lost 5-1 to the Trail Toads as the Silver City netminder stole the show.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Trafalgar Grade 8 Boy's Basketball

Trafalgar basketball teams include, (not in any specific order) Team White — Matthew Erickson, Joe Davidson, Kelton Forte, Evan Lammle, Mika Whitefield, Kaleb Percival, Boris Oudemans, Isaac Vissers, Dylan Mowery and Caleb Peil; Team Green — Van Kozak, Nathanial Pan, Quinn Kilpatrick, Mateo Kataoka, Jaheem Berry, Ben Thast, Callum McClure, Michael Rhodes-Bliss, Lukas Faehndrich and Josh Creak. Coach Jeremy Phelan and school sponsor Carla DeBiasio. — Submitted photo

Trafalgar Thunder dominated the J. Lloyd Crowe Grade 8 Basketball Tournament Saturday in Trail, sending two teams to the final to determine the overall champ.

In the end it was Team Green outscoring school rival Team White 29-17 en route to a 47-35 victory in the final of the six-team tournament.

However, both teams are deserving of Mallard's Team of the Week accolades after a solid showing in Trail.

Nathanial Pan scored 21 points and Van Kozak added 16 to lead the Green squad to the title.

No stretch run here as Leafs drop pair on the weekend

Nelson missed out on two chances to move up Murdoch Division standings after dropping a pair of weekend games.

A promising start to the New Year is turning into a nightmare for the Nelson Leafs.

The Green and White lost its third straight — fourth in the last five games — 3-2 to the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

Nelson lost to Beaver Valley Nitehawks 4-3 Saturday as the Leafs completed a long 10-game home stand with a 3-4-1-2 record.

The Leafs took a 1-0 lead on the Rebels as Alex Meeker, back from serving a suspension, scored on the power play six minutes into the game.

Fraser, Strohman power Wolves to Junior Bomber Invitational Title

Wolves forward Kyle Strohman blocks the shot by Jaiah Lotus during action between Grand Forks and LVR at the Hangar. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daiy

Liam Fraser and Kyle Strohmann combined for 40 points to lead the Grand Forks Wolves to a 65-53 victory over Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar in the final of the Bomber Junior Boy's Invitational Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Hangar.

Strohman, playing most of the game in foul trouble, finished with a game-high 23 points while Fraser, lights out from behind the three-point line, had 17 including five threes.

Bombers roll out red carpet on Junior Basketball Tourney at the Hangar

The Junior Bombers took on the Hawks earlier this week prior to hosting a six-team tournament at the Hangar Friday and Saturday. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the floor this weekend for the annual Junior Boy's Basketball Tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.

The Bombers welcome teams from Grand Forks, J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail, Mount Sentinel, Nakusp and Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar.

The tournament is divided into two pools of three teams playing a round robin draw to determine playoff seedings. The top four teams advance into the playoff round.

Games begin Friday with the final set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the LVR Hangar.

So what's it going to be Leafs?

The Nelson Leafs have six games to right the ship or face Beaver Valley in the first round of the KIJHL playoffs.

Sure it would be nice to knock off the perennial favourite in the first round of the playoffs, but that has been a hurdle the Nelson Leafs have failed to accomplish since the years of Simon Wheeldon behind the bench.

So the goal for the Green and White in the next three weeks has to be win as many games needed to overtake the Grand Forks Border Bruins for third spot in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Third place would keep the Leafs away from the hottest team in the KIJHL during the Murdoch Semi Finals, Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

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