Cougars capture Cyclone bronze with 3-0 shutout of host Nelson Leafs

End of a season: The Leaf players watch from the blueline the Victoria Cougars accept their bronze medals following the consolation round contest Sunday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Maybe it was the big, larger-than-life, red goalie pads.

Whatever, the reason the Nelson Leafs will be glad not to have to face Victoria goalie Connor Beauchamp again for some time after the 6’1”, 195-pound netminder stymied the Green and White for the second time in four days.

The Nanton, Alta., native made 23 saves to lead the Vancouver Island Champion Cougars to a 3-0 shutout over the Leafs in Bronze Medal Round action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

No joy in Leafville as Aldergrove edges Nelson to advance to Cyclone Taylor Finale

Leaf winger Alec Wilkinson has Kodiak netminder Jordan Liem beat but shoots the puck over the net during second-period action of Saturday's Cyclone Taylor contest between Nelson and Aldergroveat the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Hopes of bringing a Cyclone Taylor Championship back to the Heritage City for the first time in more than 45 years came to a crashing halt for the Nelson Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The Aldergrove Kodiaks rode the red-hot netminding of Jordan Liem to a 2-1 victory over the Leafs during the final round robin of the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

The win allows the Kodiaks to advance into the Gold Medal game Sunday at 2:30 p.m. while the Leafs play for the bronze.

Hawks secure top spot with 3-0 victory, advance to Cyclone Taylor Cup Final

Beaver Valley defenceman Sheldon Hubbard (right) gets into a starring contest with Wade Johnson of the Cougars during third period action of Saturday's Cyclone Taylor game at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Beaver Valley has booked its ticket into the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final.

Brett Clark made 26 saves to power the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Nitehawks to a 3-0 victory over the Victoria Cougars in Cyclone Taylor preliminary round action Saturday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

The win gives Beaver Valley 2-0-1 record, which is good enough for top spot in round robin standings, and a berth in the Cup Final Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The Vancouver Island champs from Victoria, dropping to 1-2, was eliminated with the loss.

Leafs remain alive in Cyclone Taylor Tournament, rally to pull out tie against Hawks

What a difference a day makes as the Leafs were all smiles after Jamie Vlanich (28) tied the game with a second-period marker. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Cyclone Taylor Final is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, but don’t expect any of the four teams to take a flyer during Saturday’s last day of round robin games.

The jury remains on the two finalists for the championship following Day two action after the Nelson Leafs registered a bounce-back game, twice rallying from one-goal-deficits, to pull out a 2-2 tie against archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Cyclone Taylor round robin action Friday night before large crowd at the NDCC Arena.

Cougars rain on Nelson parade, feast on Leafs during Cyclone opener

Nelson Mayor John Dooley conducts the ceremonial faceoff between Leaf captain Darnel St. Pierre (right) and Mark Walton of the Victoria Cougars. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Nelson Leafs face a must win as the Cyclone Taylor Cup enters Day two Friday at the NDCC Arena.

Victoria Cougars rained on the parade of the home side, scoring five second-period goals to rout the home side 6-1 in action Thursday night before a disappointing home crowd at the NDCC Arena.

The Leafs now face archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Hawks, tied with Victoria for top spot in Cyclone Taylor Cup standings, opened with a 4-1 win over Aldergrove Kodiaks.

Quick start powers Hawks to 4-1 win over Aldergrove

Hawks Brett Clark shuts the door on a wrap-around attempt by Kodiak's Spencer McHaffie during the first period of Thursday's Cyclone Taylor opener between Beaver Valley and Aldergrove at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

It didn’t take the Beaver Valley Nitehawks long to get into the so-called “zone” at the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.

Riley Brandt scored 12 seconds into the game sparking the Nitehawks to a 4-1 victory over Aldergrove Kodiaks in the opening game of the four-team B.C. Junior B Hockey Championship Tournament Thursday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

Brandt shocked the Pacific Junior Hockey League reps, firing a screened shot past surprised Kodiak starting goalie Jordan Liem on the first rush of the game.

Mallard's Team of the Week — 1968 Nelson Junior Maple Leafs

The 1968 Nelson Junior Maple Leafs dominated the opposition throughout the season en route to capturing the Cyclone Taylor Cup. — Photo courtesy Nelson Sports Museum

The last time Nelson won the Cyclone Taylor Cup, Kootenay Forest Products and CP Rail were major employers and the Dog 'N Suds (current site of Bogustown Beer & Wine Store on Nelson Avenue) was the teen hangout.

The year was 1968 when hockey legend Fritz Koehle coached this group of locals to the Cyclone Taylor Cup.

The team finished the West Kootenay Junior B League without a defeat.

TRAX coach accepts Swim BC opportunity

Coach Bill Park . . . off to Saskatoon for Province at the Prospects West Training Camp.

Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX) competitive Coach Bill Park ChPC has been selected by Swim BC to represent the Province at the Prospects West Training Camp April 10-13, 2014 in Saskatoon.

Coaches are selected based on the highest FINA point scoring swim in each age group and gender.

Many of the TRAX, formerly known as the Trail Winter Swim Club (TWSC), competitive swim program swimmers have scored well at both Provincial AA and AAA Championships this season.

Nelson's Dryden Hunt shows up on Final CSS Rankings

Regina Pats sniper Dryden Hunt is getting closer to his dream. — Photo courtesy Keith Hershmiller/Regina Pats.

Nelson Minor Hockey product Dryden Hunt has gotten better with age since joining the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats in 2011.

This past campaign the son of Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt of Nelson really began to blossom against the Tier I Junior A competition.

Hunt,18, finished tied for seventh in team scoring as the Pats won the East Division of the WHL with a record of 39-26-4-3.

However, Regina was swept out of the playoffs in four games by the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Another Vlanich in the mix as Saints begin quest at a BCIHL three-peat

Trail product Danny Vlanich is the latest local to join the Selkirk Saints for next season. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Fresh from repeating as B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League the Selkirk Saints are putting the pieces together on making it a three-peat after getting a commitment from Trail product Danny Vlanich for the 2014-15 season.

The 6-foot-5, 215 pound blueliner joins the Saints from the British Columbia Hockey League's Surrey Eagles.

The 20-year old suited up in 29 games for Surrey this season, picking up four assists and 21 penalty minutes.

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