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Castlegar's Nichol takes home grand prize at Nelson Open Cashspiel

 Skip Fred Thomson encourages his teammates (from left) Roger May, Brent Pihowich and Brad Hartridge, during semi final action Sunday at the 2014 Nelson Open Cashspiel. — Bruce Fuhr photo

There were plenty of big names at the 2014 Nelson Open Cashspiel — names like Horning, McHargue, Nerpin and Thomson.

But in the end it was Myron Nichol of Castlegar coming away as the big winner at the $10,000 2014 Nelson Open Cashspiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.

Nichol, third Barry Marsh and second Garry Beaudry, both of Nelson and lead Rob Babiarz edged out Ken McHargue of Sparwood 6-2 in six ends for the top prize to claim the $1,800 first prize.

Former Leafs Willans, Horswill lead Vikes against Saints in crucial pre-Christmas series

Selkirk College Saints goaltender James Prigione has been solid all season long in the net. Heading into this weekend’s games against the University of Victoria, the Ontario native leads the league in goals against average with a 2.30. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Athletic Program

The Selkirk College Saints will be shooting for a strong finish to the first half of the season this weekend when they take on the University of Victoria Vikes at the Castlegar Recreation Centre.

The defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champions are getting set to head into the Christmas break and currently sit six points behind the first place Trinity Western University Spartans.

Nelson's Coleton Dawson California dreaming

Nelson Minor Hockey product Coleton Dawson is providing toughness for the Ontario Avalanche hockey team in California. — Submitted photo

After spending three seasons in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, mostly with the Grand Forks Border Bruins, Nelson product Coleton Dawson has given up the cold winters of BC for warmer Californian climate after signing with the Ontario Avalanche of the Western States Hockey League.

 “I acquired Coleton about three weeks ago,” said Avs head coach Chris Shaw, who also held a similar position with the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL.

Mount Sentinel finishes sixth overall at A Boy's Volleyball Championships

Mount Sentinel finishes sixth overall at A Boy's Volleyball Championships

The Mount Sentinel Wildcats dropped a straight set match to the Fernie Falcons to finish sixth overall at the BC High School A Boy's Volleyball Championships Saturday in Abbotsford.

The Cats, ranked third overall heading into the tournament, lost a pair of close games 27-25, 26-24.

Mount Sentinel advanced to the consolation round contest by sweeping Ucluelet 25-22, 25-13.

Nitehawks avenge loss by stopping shorthanded Leafs 4-1

Joey Karrer was busy between the pipes as Taylor Stafford attempts to screen the Nelson goalie during Saturday's 4-1 KIJHL loss to Beaver Valley. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks snapped a three-game skid in a big way, scoring three times in the first period en route to a 4-1 victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The Hawks took advantage of a banged up Leaf squad to climb to within three points of Murdoch leading Castlegar Rebels.

“It’s really tough,” said Leaf defenceman Robson Cramer.

Kootenay Ice looking to bounce back against Fraser Valley

Ice forward Garrett Paterson of Castlegar (white jersey) reaches for the puck during recent action against Valley West Hawks in Nelson.

After garnering a point during last week's set against the North Island Silvertips, the Kootenay Ice return home to meet the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in a pair of BC Major Midget Hockey League games Saturday and Sunday at the NDCC Arena.

The Ice, dropping to 2-12-2 on the season, lost the back half of the two-game series to North Island 5-2 Sunday in Nanaimo.

Three third-period goals was the difference as the Silvertips rallied from a 3-2 deficit.

Mallard's Team of the Week —Kootenay Volleyball Champs Wildcats

Members of the Wildcats include, back row, L-R, Mason Lockwood, Aslan Mackay, Jacob Bridger, Johnny Johnson, Dayman Grant and Bradley Spurge. Front, coach Glen Campbell, Tom Verigin, Marco Slater, Oliver Cougur, Jesse Strong and Liam Stewart. — Submitted photo

Mount Sentinel Wildcats are currrently in the thick of the action at the BC High School A Boy's Volleyball Championships in Abbotsford.

The Cats, representing the West Kootenay zone at the 12-team tournament, started the day 2-0 in round robin play with wins over Fernie Falcons and Chemainus.

Mallard's Source for sports want to wish the Wildcats well with Team of the Week honours.