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Work-in-progress Leafs rally past Murdoch rival Castlegar 5-3

Nelson exploded for three third-period goals to rally past Castlegar 5-3 Saturday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

For a team that just over a month ago didn’t have a coach, Leaf fans must feel pretty good after week one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

Nelson exploded for three goals in a span of 134 seconds to rally past the Castlegar Rebels 5-3 in KIJHL Murdoch Division action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The win, coupled with 3-3 tie Friday against Beaver Valley, lifts Nelson into sole possession of first place in Murdoch Division standings.

Leafs, Hawks battle to 3-3 OT tie on opening night of KIJHL

Adam Maida faced 30 shots as Nelson opened the KIJHL season with a 3-3 overtime tie against Beaver Valley. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Rookie forward Sam Webber scored a power play goal in the third period to lift the Nelson Leafs to a a 3-3 tie against the defending Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Champs on opening night of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at the NDCC Arena.

This was the third consecutive time this season the teams have played to a draw — Nelson and Beaver Valley twice tied during the preseason.

Robson Cramer and Rayce Miller also scored for the Leafs who were out shot 30-29 by the Hawks.

Nelson sends trio of grads to 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament

Nelson hockey products (top left) Isaac MacLeod, Dryden Hunt and Jim Hiller (bottom left) are penciled in to this weekend’s Prospects Tournament in Michigan. — Dryden Hunt photo by Gregg Forwerck/Carolina Hurricanes

The Octopus Thrower website lists five players for Red Wings Nation to watch at this weekend’s 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.

The Die by the Blade site puts the spotlights the top 2014 draft picks of the Buffalo Sabres in Sam Reinhart and Brendan Lemieux as two players to keep an eye on.

The main focus of The Nelson Daily is three grads from Nelson Minor Hockey Association who will also be wetting their NHL appetitie at the Traverse City tournament in one capacity or another.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Nelson U12 Selects

The squad includes, back row, L-R, coach Lisa Ranta, Adam Strautman, Kyle Kabatoff, Moss Caney, Jacob Robinson, Dante Cimolai and coach Greg Haydu. Middle, Lachlin Klammer, Noah McBriar, Ryan Pearce, Solance Patenaude, Xavier Moore and Quinn Tondu-Mcdonald. Front, Matteo Faraguna, Tanner Ranta, Nicholas Haydu, Rohan Moola and Nate Hernandez. — Submitted photo

The Nelson Selects U12 Boys Soccer squad made it a weekend to remember, travelling recently to attend the West Coast Cup tournament in Langley.

The Selects finished with a 0-2-2 record, playing four very close ball games against opposition from Langlely, North Delta and Maple Ridge in the U13 Silver Division.

The tournament was the first taste of provincial competition for the team and, playing on the Lower Mainland, the Selects got the opportunity to attend a Vancouver Whitecaps game.

Leafs open KIJHL season Friday against defending champs from Beaver Valley

The Leafs hope to start the celebrations early as the Heritage City club kicks off the KIJHL season Friday at the NDCC Arena against Beaver Valley. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The colder weather can only mean one thing — hockey is back.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks of on five fronts as 19 teams look to dethrone defending champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks from the top of the podium.

The Hawks made the 2014 campaign a season for the history books as the Fruitvale-based squad swept all three Junior B titles— KIJHL, Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup.

Saints and Smokies to square off this weekend

The Selkirk College Saints are coming off back-to-back BCIHL titles and have a solid crop of returning players and talented newcomers in the line-up for the upcoming season. Forward Mason Spear (above) is one of the players who is back and ready to defend the title. The Saints start the exhibition season this weekend with a home-and-home series against the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Selkirk College Men's Hockey program will play their first exhibition games of the 2014-15 season this weekend in a home-and-home series against the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Selkirk Saints will host the Smokies on Friday night at the Castlegar and District Community Complex at 7:00 p.m. and the Smokies will welcome the Saints on Saturday night at the Cominco Arena starting at 7: p.m.

Nelson triathlete Denise Uhrynuk makes a strong showing at World Triathlon Championships

Nelson's Denise Uhrynuk competed for Canada at the recent World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton. — Submitted photo

Denise Uhrynuk of Nelson braved chilly temperatures to finish 14th in her age group for Team Canada at the recent World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton.

"It was my second time competing at the Worlds," said Uhrynuk, who competed at the Auckland event in 2012.

"It is a week long event with parade, banquets, multiple events for age groups ages 16 to 80-plus and the grand finale for the elite athletes."