Leafs put a wrap on KIJHL season with awards banquet

Netminder Brett Soles took home a pair of awards at the Leafs year-end banquet.

It’s a season that ended too soon, but a season that saw many a fine young hockey player better with age.

The Nelson Leafs officially concluded the 2012-13 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season with its annual team awards banquet Tuesday.

Highlighting the evening was the two-award showing of netminder Brett Soles.

The Cranbrook native, who started the season with 12 consecutive wins, finished the campaign as the go-to netminder for most of the six-game playoff series against Beaver Valley and was name the Leafs playoff MVP.

Smoke Eater named to All-Star team

Smoke Eater named to All-Star team

Trail Smoke Eaters forward Brent Baltus has been named to the 2012-13 BCHL Interior Conference Second All-Star Team.

Baltus, 20, leads the Smoke Eaters in scoring this season with 24 goals and 51 points from 46 games played. The Nanaimo product also leads the Smokies in short-handed goals with two this season. In 115

career BCHL games with Trail, Nanaimo and Alberni Valley, Baltus has amassed 38 goals and 82 points, 81 of which have come in a Smoke Eaters uniform. Baltus is committed to NCAA Division I Alaska-Anchorage for the 2013-14 season.

Trio of West Kootenay teams drop openers at BC High School Basketball touraments

The Bombers lost point guard Jack Sturrup (6) to a charley horse Thursday in Kamloops. — The Nelson Daily photo

Three West Kootenay teams competing at B.C. High School Basketball Tournaments took is on the chin during opening day action.

The L.V. Rogers Bombers, ranked 13th overall, dropped a lopsided 106-67 decision to Kelowna Christian during Day one of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday in Kamloops.

Smokies hand out awards on eve of last regular season game

Barry Zanier (far left), head coach/GM Bill Birks (from right) and assistant coach Brent Heaven present Adam Wheeldon with one of two awards won during the Smokies year-end banquet. — photo courtesy Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club

A handful of players, including Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adam Wheeldon, took home a pair of awards as the Trail Smokies handed out team awards at the annnal banquet Tuesday at the Riverbelle Restaurant.

Wheeldon, in his second campaign with the Smokies, finished the season with eight goals and 10 assists and took home the Most Inspirational Player and Fan Favourites honours during the evening.

A total of 12 individual trophies and honours were handed out in front of more than 100 people Tuesday.

Rebels even series, double Hawks 4-2 in Castlegar

Rebels even series, double Hawks 4-2 in Castlegar

The Castlegar Rebels bounced back to square the Murdoch Division Final, but needed a third-period explosion to even the series.

Diego Bartlett, Aaron Brewer and Jamie Vlanich scored during a three-minute span early in the final frame to lift the Rebels to a 4-2 win over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Tuesday in the Sunflower City.

The best-of-seven series now shifts to Frutivale for Games three and four Thursday and Friday.

Bombers open AA tourney Wednesday against Kelowna Christian

Point guard Jack Sturrup (6) will be counted on to lead the Bomber attack against Kelowna. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The L.V. Rogers Bombers tangle with Kelowna Christian on opening day of the B.C. High School AA Boy's Basketball Championships Wednesday in Kamloops.

The Bombers, winners of the Kootenay Zone title, meet the fourth-ranked Kelowna Christian at 1:30 p.m. in the Tournament Centre.

LVR enters the tournament ranked 13th while Kelowna is fourth.

"We were there last year so hopefully that helps us this year with us being nervous," said Bomber captain Matt Zukowski after LVR knocked off Golden Eagles to capture its second straight zone title.

Cats dig down to win one for Coach D, capture West Kootenay Hoop Crown

The winning Mount Sentinel Wildcats, beaming from ear to ear with the WK trophy, back row, L-R, Marco Slater, Dayman Grant, Brett Chernoff, Patrick Falle, Aslin MacKay, Lucas Raugust and Oliver Cougur. Front, Johnny Johnson, Spencer Legebokoff. — photo courtesy Mount Sentinel High School

Johnny Johnson and Oliver Cougur combined for 26 points to lead the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to an emotional 42-38 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers the final of the West Kootenay High School Junior Boy’s Basketball Championships Friday at the South Slocan-based school gymnasium.

The win was the first time that most people can remember that a junior boy’s team from Mount Sentinel has defeated its district rivals to win the West Kootenay crown.

Hawks surprise Rebels in Game one of Murdoch Final

Hawks surprise Rebels in Game one of Murdoch Final

Ryan Edwards continued his hot scoring streak, scoring a power play goal midway through the third period to spark the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Rebels Monday night in Castlegar.

The Hawks, winners of four straight, lead the best-of-seven Murdoch Final 1-0.

Game two is Tuesday in the Sunflower City.

Single point secures third spot for Kootenay Wildcats

Kootenay Wildcats struggled Sunday against the visiting Ravens at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Kootenay Wildcats lost the battle but won the war.

Despite dropping a 3-2 decision to the Pacific Ravens from Richmond, the Cats still achieved the weekend goal of grabbing at least a point to capture third spot in B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey League Sunday at the NDCC Arena.

Kootenay, finishing the season with a 9-14-5 mark, skated to a scoreless tie Saturday against the Ravens to secure a spot in the semi final round against Okanagan Rockets of Kelowna.

Saints dump Eastern to close out BCIHL regular season, host UVIC in first round of playoffs

Saints dump Eastern to close out BCIHL regular season, host UVIC in first round of playoffs

Selkirk College closed out a historic regular season on a high note Saturday, topping Eastern Washington University 7-3 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action in front of a lively crowd at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

Eastern dumped the Saints 4-1 Friday in Cheney, Washington.

Selkirk, 2013 regular season champs with a 21-3 record, now hosts the University of Victoria in round one of the BCIHL playoffs beginning Friday in Castlegar.

Game one begins at 7:30 p.m.

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