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Another year, another crop of players at the NMHA Novice Tournament

Celebrations all around at the 2015 Nelson Minor Hockey Novice Tournament this past weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas. — Bruce Fuhr photos

Another year and another crop of boys and girls participating at the annual Novice tournament in Nelson.

A total of four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads each played three games during the weekend in the playday format.

The tournament boosted the population of the Heritage City for the annual event for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years.

The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action.

Saints defenceman Stefan Virtanen shares in World Junior experience

Stefan (left) and Jake (right) Virtanen are both pursuing different hockey pathways. This past summer, the brothers had an opportunity to be together at their Lower Mainland home during the off-season. — Submitted photo

It’s a game that will take prominence in Canadian hockey lore and for Selkirk College Saints defenceman Stefan Virtanen, last week’s Canada-Russia World Junior Championship game had extra special significance.

Stefan’s brother Jake Virtanen was a key component of the world champion juniors that triumphed over the Russians 5-4 before a packed house at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last Monday night. The power forward delivered a couple of big hits and provided grit that helped propel the Canadian squad to the top of the world.

Bogart sparks Braves to 5-2 win in back half of home-and-home weekend series

Any extracurricular activities Sunday started when tempers began to boil between Spokane and Nelson Saturday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Spokane Braves got some payback in the back half of a home-and-home weekend series against the Nelson Leafs.

Dillon Bogart scored twice as Spokane stuffed the Leafs 5-2 in penalty-filled Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game Sunday afternoon in the Lilac City.

The win made up for a 5-1 loss Saturday night in Nelson.

Both goals by Bogart came on the power play.

Danton Oliver, Jonny Marzec and Paxton Malone also scored for Spokane, which held period leads of 2-1 and 4-1.

Nelson's Dryden Hunt doing his best to forget about former WHL team Regina Pats

Dryden Hunt was traded last week from Regina to Medicine Hat Tigers in a blockbuster WHL deal. — Photo courtesy Regina Pats Hockey Club

Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt is doing a good job forgetting about his old team, the Regina Pats.

The speedy forward, who was part of a blockbuster Western Hockey League trade last week to Medicine Hat, had four points in three games to help the Tigers register a 2-1 record during a weekend road swing through BC.

Hunt had an assist to help Medicine Hat knock off Kelowna Rockets 5-3 Saturday in the Central Okanagan City.

Leafs restore power to power play to dump Spokane 5-1

Leaf forward Nolan Percival battles for the puck during third period action of Saturday's 5-1 KIJHL win over Spokane at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

A bit of tweaking to the power play proved to be the difference as Nelson struck for three extra-strength goals en route to a 5-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Spokane Braves Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The win was the first in a home-and-home series between the two Murdoch Division clubs.

The rematch is Sunday in the Lilac City.

Trailing 1-0 after one period, Nelson went to work in the second frame, scoring two special-teams goals to take over the game.

No movement on the trade front for Leafs as roster deadline nears

Leafs netminder Joey Karrer is ready for duty for a weekend series against Spokane. —The Nelson Daily file photo

No news is definitely not good news when you're a team looking to improve its roster on the eve of the BC Hockey roster deadline.

Leaf coach Dave McLellan said “it’s pretty slow our there.”

“I’ve basically been in contact with every team in the league, but it seems everyone is holding their cards pretty close to their chest,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily prior to practice Thursday.

Nelson plays host to Novice Hockey tournament

The novice players are back in Nelson at the annual Minor Hockey tournament. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Some of the best hockey fans will see this season is slated for the weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas — and the game doesn’t involve the Nelson Leafs.

Nelson Minor Hockey drops the puck this weekend on the annual Novice tournament, beginning Friday and running through Sunday.

The tourney is attracting four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Cranbrook, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads.