by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Nov 20 2014

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,...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Nov 20 2014

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...

by Nelson Daily Sports on Thursday Nov 20 2014

Playing nine games in the month of November against divisional opponents gives the coaching staff of the Nelson Leafs a good look at the obstacles facing the Green and White in its run to success in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Despite sitting in the Murdoch Division...

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Saints look to alumni to fill out coaching staff

Selkirk College Saints defenceman Stephan Gonzales scored a goal on Friday night against Eastern Washington, but the locals dropped the season opener 4-3 in overtime. — Photo courtesy Selkirk Saints Hockey Club

The Selkirk College Saints began their BCIHL regular season on Friday at Eastern Washington University and former Saints defenceman Adam Makaroff was back on the bus, but this time not as a player.

Makaroff joined the Saints coaching staff in August and has had an immediate impact on the bench and in the dressing room.

Prince Albert Raiders re-assign winger to Nelson Leafs

Dylan Williamson . . . sent to Nelson to work on skills

The Nelson Leafs appear to have landed another diamond in the rough compliments of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.

The Raiders have re-assigned 16-year-old left winger Dylan Williamson to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise after the Calgary product played in five exhibition games.

The 6-foot, 160-pound Williamson played last season for the Pursuit of Excellence U18 squad last season, finishing the season with 53 points.

Jackson’s Hole, Innkeepers and Dirty Dozen all claim Nelson City Soccer titles

Ryan Lewis (white jersey) of the Innkeepers battles for the ball against two Kootenay Co-op players during the final of the Leo’s Men’s Open League Final Saturday at Lakeside. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Jackson’s Hole, Innkeepers and Dirty Dozen all came away with the hardware as Nelson City Soccer League culminated play with Championship Weekend at the Lakeside Pitch.

In the most lopsided contest, Innkeepers made it look easy riding the shutout goalkeeping of Mike Precious and a three-goal second half, to dump Kootenay Co-op 4-0 in the Leo’s Men’s Open League Final Saturday at Lakeside.

The Innkeepers, who lost to Kootenay Co-op 3-1 during the last regular season game of the season, had no answers for the surprising offensive push of the champs.

Mark Donnelly in the house for Vees opener

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

Chicago resident, Tom Bartzis holds up a nice 13 pound Rainbow before releasing it back into Kootenay Lake. — Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Sportfishing

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing

Great weather for fishing now that its fall, it's time to hook a big one on Kootenay Lake.

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.

Three-point weekend keeps Leafs on top of Murdoch Division

Leafs coach Dave McLellan, flanked by assistant Sean Dooley, has the squad on top of the Murdoch Division standings following a 1-1 overtime tie in Castlegar Saturday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

It’s not often in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League two teams play to a 1-1 tie.

However, that’s what happened Saturday as the Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels battled to the overtime draw in the Sunflower City.

“Last night was a game where we really dominated the play . . . from the get-go to the end but we just didn’t capitalize on the many quality scoring chances we had,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan Sunday.

“We practically outplayed Castlegar, we just couldn’t find a way to score.”

New recruit Aidan Geiger sparks Leafs to win over Chase

Aidan Geiger battled for the loose puck in the Chase goal crease Friday in KIJHL action at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The signing of Aidan Geiger paid off in spades for the Nelson Leafs.

The former Fernie Ghostrider scored the winning goal midway through the third period to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Chase Heat in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.

Geiger, who signed with the Leafs earlier this week after playing last season for the Ghostriders, combined with Patrick Croome and Aaron Brewer to beat Nic Bruyere in the Heat nets for the winning tally.

The teams traded goals all game long.