Kootenay eager to bounce back in home games against Cougars

Goaltending of Lauren Biggs (pictured) and Morgan Flynn has been rock solid this season for the Cats. — The Nelson Daily photo

The inability to score goals continues to haunt the Kootenay Wildcats.

The Cats dropped a pair of games, albeit to the front-runners of the B.C. Female Midget AA League, Fraser Valley Phantom last weekend at the Langley Events Centre in the Fraser Valley.

Kootenay lost 3-0 and 2-0 to fall to 6-10-2 on the season.

"A coach doesn’t want to labour over a lack of scoring but we have an issue with that," said Kootenay head coach Cary Fisher prior to last weekend's series against Fraser Valley Phantom.

Leafs host Rockies; Millar talks with Wilkinson

Kyler Wilkinson . . . juggles pucks, not swords

Following a five-game road trip that took the squad to all corners of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the Leafs are back home to face the surging Columbia Valley Rockies Friday at the NDCC Arena.

The Rockies are currently locked in a playoff fight with Creston for the final spot in the Eddie Mountain Division.

Columbia Valley, with a four-point advantage over the Thunder Cats, come to the Heritage riding a four-game winning streak.

Two Ice players to cook with big dogs at BCMMHL All Star Game

Kootenay center Brandon Sookro (11) is off to the BCMMHL All Star Game Friday in Langley. — The Nelson Daily photo

Two Kootenay Ice players will be front and center Friday as the B.C. Hockey hosts the annual Major Midget League All Star game at the Langley Events Centre.

Forwards Nolan Percival and Brandon Sookro join 40 other players in the contest that showcases the top talent in the Major Midget League.

A total of 12 defensemen, 24 forwards and six goaltenders) have been selected, with at least one player representing each of the 11 Major Midget League teams.

The All Star Game selection committee evaluated players on their on-ice and off-ice performance during the season.

Mallard's Team of the Week — LVR Leadership 9-10 Class

Tamara Martin (teacher), Josie Day, Chloe Lemay, Abbie Bourchier-Willans (front), Tia Huttemann, Tara Yowek, Landon Posnikoff and Nick Wethel. — photo courtesy LVR High School

Before the Christmas holiday break students at L.V. Rogers were locked in a contest to see which class could raise the most food for the Nelson Food Cupboard.

In the end Tamara Martin's Leadership 9-10 class raised a total of 900 non-perishable food items for the local Food Cupboard.

Helping support the total was the class of Gary Schmidt and Jon Francis, each contributing nearly 200 items.

Staff at Mallard's Source for Sports would like to honour the students at LVR with Team of the Week.

Fernie prepares skaters for The Big One next month in Nelson

Nelson’s Morgan Sabo, left, and Beaver Valley’s Breanna Tomlin competed in the East Kootenay Invitational in Fernie last weekend. — photo courtesy Nelson Figure Skating Club

Two West Kootenay skaters did not look out of place at the new Skate Canada East Kootenay Invitational held recently in Fernie.

Morgan Sabo, of Nelson and Beaver Valley's Breanna Tomlin took good advantage to capture medals in competition during several categories in the first event of 2013.

In Junior Bronze Preliminary Skills, Sabo tied for Gold and notched a Bronze Medal in Preliminary Elements. Skills and elements test the skater’s technical finesse and are performed without music.

Nelson's Shypitka, Castlegar's Nichol off to Senior Men's Curling Championships

Nelson's Shypitka, Castlegar's Nichol off to Senior Men's Curling Championships

Two West Kootenay rinks are going have a distinct advantage next month at the 2013 Tim Horton’s BC Seniors Curling Championship in the Silver City.

Nelson’s Tom Shypitka and Castlegar Myron Nichol won the right to represent the zone at the provincial championships after winning the A and B event title, respectively during the Senior Men’s Curling tournament this past weekend in Cranbrook.

Knights stone Leafs 3-0 Sunday in Armstrong

Knights stone Leafs 3-0 Sunday in Armstrong

Offence was always going to be a concern for the Nelson Leafs after rookie sensation Colton McCarthy left to join Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League in early December.

For some reason McCarthy brought out the best in his teammates, and really helped power the offence.

It was the offence that struggled Sunday afternoon in Armstrong as the North Okanagan Knight knocked off the Leafs 3-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the Nor-Val Centre.

Saints rally past SFU Clan to set new BCIHL record

Saints rally past SFU Clan to set new BCIHL record

Rust was definitely a problem as the Selkirk Saints opened the second half of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

Mason Spear rescued the Saints undefeated record, allowing the Castlegar-based school to set a new league record by scoring the winner with just over three minutes remaining in the third period to lift Selkirk to a 4-3 BCIHL victory over Simon Fraser before the largest crowd of the season Saturday night at the Castlegar Complex.

KIJHL suspends BV head coach for three games

KIJHL suspends BV head coach for three games

The long and the short of last weekend's  Beaver Valley/Trail Smokies bus incident resuts in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League president Bill Ohlhausen handing Hawks' skipper Terry Jones a three-game suspension and a small $100 fine.

BC Hockey conducted an investigation into the matter but it seems the final decision on discipline was left up to the KIJHL, handing down the suspension.

Jones and his players stood in front of the Trail bus Saturday, January 5 to protest the handling of Ryan Edwards by the Smokies coaching staff.

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