by Nelson Daily Sports on Friday Sep 30 2016

It’s probably not the way the Leafs coaching staff designed the game plan but the end result is all that matters some nights.

Dale Howell scored in double overtime to power the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 victory in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Sep 29 2016

One month into the season and not one team in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has taken control.

Currently, three teams — Grand Forks Border Bruins, Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Nelson Leafs — are tied for top spot with the Bruins getting...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Sep 29 2016

Katharina Weitzing of Mount Sentinel and Alex Sukra of Salmo captured top spots in the Senior Division at the New Denver stop on the West Kootenay High School Cross Country race Tuesday in New Denver.

Sukra edged Daniel Stewart of Mount Sentinel by just over a minute to capture the Senior...

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Ice, Cougars split weekend series in Nelson

The Kootenay Ice gained a weekend split against the Cariboo Cougars of Prince George. — The Nelson Daily photo

If the Kootenay Ice had a point for every game the club let slip away, well, the Ice would be probably battling for a playoff spot instead of fighting to stay out of the BC Major Midget Hockey League cellar.

Cariboo Cougars scored three power play goals en route to a 4-2 victory Sunday over the Ice at the Civic Centre in Nelson.

The Ice had a great chance to sweep the series after rallying to score four unanswered goals Saturday to edge the Cougars 4-1 at the NDCC Arena.

The weekend split keeps the Ice in last place in the standings with a 5-22-5 record.

Saints ink Leafs sniper Jamie Vlanich to commitment letter for next season

Hockey fans have the luxury of seeing playmaking Jamie Vlanich for a few more seasons after the Trail native committed to Selkirk Saints for next season. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Nelson Leafs head coach Frank Maida probably felt he had been struck by lightning when he heard top goal scorer Jamie Vlanich was leaving the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club for the Selkirk College Men's Hockey program.

Maida can breathe a sigh of relief knowing Vlanich is going to the Saints, but not until the start of the 2014-15 season.

Saints head coach Jeff Dubois made the announcement Monday that the Trail native is committing to Saints beginning in the 2014/15 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

Morris drops 25 to power LVR Bombers past Similkameen

Morris drops 25 to power LVR Bombers past Similkameen

Bjorn Morris scored a game-high 25 points to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 59-52 overtime victory over Similkameen Sparks from Keremeos in the consolation final of the Kalamalka Lakers High School Boy's Basketball Rock The Rim Tournament Saturday in Vernon.

The win clinched third spot in the eight-team tournament for the Bombers.

Last week LVR lost in the final of the Golden Eagles Tournament to Valleyview of Kamloops.

The Bombers looked to have an easy walk against Similkameen, building a large lead late in the game.

Leafs dump Fernie 5-1, lose captain St. Pierre for two games

Leafs Troy Petrick battles during a faceoff with Joel Burgess of the 'Riders during Saturday's KIJHL clash at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Nelson Leafs scored three unanswered goals in the second period to dump the Fernie Ghostriders 5-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

Jamie Vlanich registered his 200th KIJHL career point during the win and in the process increased his scoring lead to 11 points over Jesse Collins of the Creston Valley Thunder.

The win avenged a 7-2 drubbing the Leafs received at the hands of the Ghostriders in December.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Nelson Atom Development Team

The team includes, back row, coaches Shandy Mowery, Sandy Boyd (head) Greg Andrusak and Pete Quinn. Middle, Ethan Bennett, Nolan Dergousoff and Matthew Erickson. Front, Mason Scott, Drake Proctor, Dylan Mowery, Kaleb Percival, Joe Davidson, Noah Quinn, Bryce Sookro, Amran Bhabra, Rhett Hamilton, Pax Arrowsmith, Kelton Forte, Seamus Boyd and goalie Andrew Brabender. — Submitted photo

There's a new powerhouse in Nelson Minor Hockey.

The Nelson Atom Development squad made it look easy capturing the Kimberley Tier II tournament this past weekend in impressive fashion.

The Atoms outscored the opposition 30-5 during the tournament, including a 6-1 victory over Midnapore Mavericks from Alberta.

Bryce Sookro sparked the Nelson attack with two goals. Joe Davidson, Dylan Mowery, Drake Proctor and Mason Scott added singles.

Nelson also posted wins over Okotoks (7-1), Cranbrook (6-0), Canmore (4-2_ and host Kimberley (9-1).

Mount Sentinel Wildcats claim top prize at Rockers tourney

Cats Oliver Cougar passes in the paint during the win over Nakusp. — Sarah Fuhr photo

The Mount Sentinel Wildcats deployed a pressure defence to capture the top prize at the Stanley Humphries Rockers High School Boy's Basketball Tournament Saturday in Castlegar.

The Cats edged host Rockers 62-58 to capture the title.

"We were happy with the boys considering we were missing several keys players for much of the weekend," said coach Ed Neilsen.

"The bench kids stepped up as did the starters."

The Wildcats opened the four-team tourney with a 71-48 win over Salmo Falcons.

Castlegar's Brewer sinks Leafs 6-5 in OT

The Castlegar Rebels were all smiles after upsetting Nelson 6-5 in overtime Wednesday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The question before Wednesday's Kootenay International Junior Hockey League clash between West Kootenay rivals Nelson and Castlegar was which Leaf team would show up.

Well, Leaf fans were happy to see the Green and White squad of old take to the ice at the NDCC Arena.

The problem for Nelson was, so did the defending KIJHL champs from Castlegar.

The Rebels, still smarting from a 9-0 drubbing five days ago, started slow but rallied to edge the Leafs 6-5 in double overtime Wednesday in Murdoch Division action in Nelson.

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