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Wildcats, Bombers get ball bouncing on High School volleyball season

Wildcats, Bombers get ball bouncing on High School volleyball season

High School volleyball teams from throughout the Kootenays got a taste of competitive action at the Kootenay Volleyball Classic Saturday at Castlegar Selkirk College Gymnasium.

Of course players got a late start to the season due to the B.C. Teachers Federation strike/lockout that allowed school to start Monday (September 22).

The result for Kootenay Volleyball Classic was some teams were still not ready for the season to commence and canceled out at the last minute.

Shorthanded Leafs rally past Sicamous 6-3

Matt MacDonald goes around the Sicamous defenceman Nicholas Cuglietta in the Eagles zone during the third period of Sunday's KIJHL clash at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Nelson received scoring from an unlikely source as defenceman Patrick Croome had three helpers to lead the short-staffed Leafs to a 6-3 victory over Sicamous Eagles in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

Croome led a Nelson team that was missing two key defenceman and team leaders, Robson Cramer and Darnel St. Pierrie, both out of the lineup due to suspension.

Nitros score twice in the third to double Leafs 4-2

Leaf netminder Brett Soles lost for the first time this season Friday against the Nitros. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Former Kootenay Ice forward Coy Prevost scored twice in the third period to spark the Kimberley Dynamiters to a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday at the NDCC Arena.

Prevost, who led the BC Major Midget Hockey League Ice last season with 11 goals and 25 assists for 36 points, snapped a 2-2 tie with his first of two in the game two minutes into the third period before adding an empty-net marker late in the contest.

Nelson twice took one-goal leads in the first and second periods.

Ice confident offseason of changes will result in better season on the pond

Brian Jones (left) and Rob Wright are eager to start the season for the new-look Major Midget squad,Kootenay Ice. — The Nelson Daily photo

There is more than a few changes coming to the Kootenay Ice Major Midget team.

Not only is the team now based out of the Heritage City but the hockey club is getting the finishing touches put on their own dressing room — the old Nelson Leafs digs — in the Civic Centre Arena.

“It is definitely going to be different this year,” said Ice head coach Rob Wright on the eve of the BC Major Midget Hockey League season.

Life as a member of the Nelson Leafs 'couldn’t be better' says head coach

No championship yet, but Leaf coach Dave McLellan has players buying into what he selling.

Leaf coach Dave McLellan continues to work his magic with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise.

The Green and White currently hold down top spot in the Murdoch Division with a 3-0-1-1 record — one point in front of the surprising Spokane Braves.

However, before the PR department starts organizing any championship parade down Baker Street, let’s realize this is September and not April.

And make sure everyone realizes the fact Nelson has played four of the five games this season at home in the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.

Mallard's Team of the Week —Kootenay Rhythm Dragons

The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons recently celebrated its tenth anniversary in style on the waters throughout the Okanagan (see names of team below). — Submitted photo

Talk about success on the water.

The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Club celebrated its tenth anniversary in style by expanding the team while at the same cooking with the experienced clubs during competitive dragon boat festivals in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. 

Thanks in part to the teaching of a new stroke by Brad Hara of Toronto Paddlecore, the competitive teams have posted best ever results and for the first time having two competitive teams finish first and second at the Penticton festival.

Three first period goals sparks Leafs to 3-2 win over Border Bruins

Leafs Aaron Brewer gets sandwiched by two Bruins during a center ice faceoff in KIJHL mid-week action Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Nelson Leafs scored three times in the first eight minutes of the game to edge the Grand Forks Border Bruins 3-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.

The win improves Nelson's season record to 3-0-1-1 and leapfrogs the Green and White past Spokane into top spot in the Neil Murdoch Division.

The Leafs got all the scoring in the first 7:56 of the game.

Patrick Croome backhanded a Nolan Percival centering pass past Jake Mullen less than two minutes into the game to give Nelson a 1-0 lead.