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Now or never for the Nelson Leafs

Mason Mullaney and the Leafs are optimistic the squad can turn the season around as the team continues a long homestand beginning Friday against Golden Rockets. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Nelson Leafs kick off 2017 of their Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with plenty question marks hovering over the Buds.

The Heritage City franchise, expecting to make a return to the upper echelon of the Junior B Hockey League after a disastrous past season, have struggled for find the right chemistry and currently sit fourth in the Murdoch Division, a mile behind front-running and current KIJHL leading, Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

However, Nelson only trails second place Grand Forks Border Bruins by four points in the standings.

Nelson & District Credit Union hosts Puck Toss Finale during Friday's Leafs game

Staff of Nelson & District Credit Union and members of the Nelson Leafs organization recently met to promote NDCU’s member appreciation night  and $1000 NDCU puck-toss finale planned for the Nelson Leafs game against Golden Rockets on Friday, January 6, 2017. — Submitted photo

There's a lot more on the line Friday at the NDCC Arena than the Nelson Leafs taking on the Golden Rockets in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.

The Nelson and District Credit Union is hosting its member appreciation night  along with the $1000 NDCU puck-toss finale during Friday's KIJHL Kootenay Conference contest between the two teams.

The winner of the NDCU puck-toss will take home one NDCU $1,000 term deposit.

As well, NDCU members who show their NDCU MemberCard at the ticket booth will get into the game at a discounted rate.

Bombers host hoop tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar

Bombers host hoop tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar

School has resumed and so has the High School Basketball season at L.V. Rogers in Nelson.

LVR kick off 2017 by hosting the Bombers Senior Boy's Basketball Tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.

Five teams, Nakusp Cougars, Fernie Falcons, Mount Sentinel Wildcats, Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and Osoyoos Rattlers,  join the host Bombers in this annual event.

The Bombers tip-off the tourney Friday afternoon against Nakusp at 2:15 p.m.

Fernie meets Mount Sentinle in Pool B play at 4 p.m. before the Bombers tangle with the Storm at 6:30 p.m.

Mallards Team of the Week — Team Hatrick Swayze

The team includes, back row, L-R, Maddie Sternloff, Mitch Melanson, Ryan Lewis, Luke Mori, Titouan Chopin, Danny Santano and Kevin Lewis. Front, Ameeta Bhabra, Abbie Willans, Brynn Forsey and Taylor Stewart. — Submitted photo

It sure looked easy on paper, and on the scoreboard.

Team Hat-Trick Swayze coasted to the Co-Ed Open Division crown at the Nelson Youth Soccer Winter Tournament held during the holidays at the Indoor Facility on Cedar Street.

The Team cruised to the title in the three-team open division.

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

Hawks Ghirardosi sinks Leafs in Overtime

Leafs captain Sawyer Hunt attempts to screen Beaver Valley netminder Tallon Kramer during Saturday's New Year's Eve KIJHL contest at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

Good teams find ways to win.

And taking a look at the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League standings, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks are one of those good teams.

As a matter of fact, Beaver Valley, winners of seven of eight games, is the best team in KIJHL with 53 points.

The Hawks added to their league best 25-4-1-0-2 record by scoring a 2-1-overtime victory over the hometown Nelson Leafs in KIJHL action Saturday afternoon in the annual New Year’s Eve contest at the NDCC Arena.

Leafs host Nitehawks in annual New Year's Eve Clash

Leafs Dale Howell and Karten Jang of the Hawks resume the Murdoch Division rivalry Saturday during the annual New Year's Eve clash at the NDCC Arena. Puck drop is 2 p.m.

As common as octopi hitting the ice in Detroit for a Red Wings NHL game, the Nelson Leafs teams host hockey games with a New Year’s Day twist.

The tradition began during the Western International Hockey League days when the Senior Maple Leafs clashed with archrival Spokane Jets in the annual New Year’s Day clash.

After the Senior Maple Leafs folded, the tradition was rekindled at the junior level, shifting back a day to New Year’s Eve when Nelson was a member of the Rocky Mountain Junior A Hockey League.

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