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Cats coach confident of better days ahead for Kootenay squad

Cats' goalie Morgan Flynn keeps her eye on the prize during a recent game at the NDCC Arena.

Even after losing two of three games on the Island, Wildcats skipper Cary Fisher remains confident there are bigger and better days ahead for the Kootenay-based squad.

“Had you watched the game you would not have believed we came up short,” Fisher told The Nelson Daily after the Cats dropped two of three BC Female Midget AAA Hockey League games to the Vancouver Island Hurricanes this past weekend in Campbell River.

Vancouver Island won the final two games by 3-1 and 2-1 scores.

Bombers coast to Kootenay High School AA Boy's Soccer title

Bombers coast to Kootenay High School AA Boy's Soccer title

The L.V. Rogers Bombers proved to be in a class of their own, out scoring the opposition 12-0 en route to clinching back-to-back Kootenay High School AA Soccer Championships last week in Creston.

The Bombers clipped the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 5-0 in the final en route to a berth in the B.C. High School AA Boy's Soccer Tournament next month in Burnaby.

LVR, gaining a bye into the semi final round of the six-team tourney as the top seeded team, defeated David Thompson of Invermere 7-0 in one semi final.

Former Yale standout named Smokies head coach/general manager

Former Yale standout named Smokies head coach/general manager

The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce the hiring of Nick Deschenes as the team’s new head coach and general manager.

Deschenes, a native of Morinville, Alberta, joins the Smoke Eaters from the KIJHL’s Grand Forks Border Bruins, who he led to a 6-7-0-1 record through fourteen games this season.

“We as a board of directors met with Coach Deschenes on the weekend and were very impressed with his approach,” said Smoke Eaters president Tom Gawryletz.

Spokane too much for Nelson, dump Peewee Reps 5-1

Spokane too much for Nelson, dump Peewee Reps 5-1

Spokane pumped 45 plus shots at Nelson Peewee Rep netminder Brody Fillion en route to a 5-1 Minor Hockey Exhibition action Saturday in Kaslo.

The game was played in Kaslo due to the fact that one of the Nelson players, defenceman Elijah Havers lives in the North Kootenay Lake village.

Fillion was outstanding between the pipes for Nelson as Spokane dominated the Reps for most of the contest.

Taylor Harrison, with assists going to Cody Barnes and Max Spielman, scored the lone goal for Nelson.

Nelson was missing forward Aedan Osika from the lineup.

Vlanich sparks Leafs past Summerland 7-4 to conclude Okanagan road trip undefeated

Leafs Jamie Vlanich led by example, finishing with four points as Nelson outlasted Summerland to conclude at KIJHL road trip perfect. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The final game of the three-game in three-day road trip can sometimes be the toughest to find the necessary energy to get the job done.

Not for the Nelson Leafs.

The Murdoch Division leaders scored twice in a three-minute span during the first period en route to a 7-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Summerland Steam Sunday in the South Okanagan City.

The win completed a three-game sweep of Okanagan opposition for Nelson and increases the lead of the division leaders to eight points over second-place Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

UPDATED: Saints stumble on the road, drop games to SFU and TRU

UPDATED: Saints stumble on the road, drop games to SFU and TRU

The Selkirk College Saints found out what life was like on the road in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League.

And it wasn't the greatest feeling.

The Saints dropped two straight games 5-2 to Thompson Rivers and 5-3 to Simon Fraser University to fall into a three-way tie for top spot in the BCIHL standings.

Selkirk is tied in points with 4-0 SFU and 4-1 Trinity Western.

"The effort on Friday night in Kamloops was the poorest I've seen since
I've been here," said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois in a team media release.

UPDATE: Leafs 2-0 on Okanagan road trip

UPDATE: Leafs 2-0 on Okanagan road trip

Nelson Leafs exploded for four goals in the third period to dump the Kelowna Chiefs 5-1 Satuday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in the Central Okanagan City.

Travis Wellman, Carsen Willans, Tyler Garcia and Alec Wilkerson scored for Nelson in a period the Leafs out shot the Chiefs 15-5.

Cole Arcuri and Kyle Hazelwood exchanged first period goals.

Tyler Moffat made 19 saves to register his ninth win of the season.

The Leafs wrap up the three-game road swing Sunday afternoon in Summerland against the Steam.

Mallard's Team of the Week — SROAM Jabronis

Members of SROAM Jabronis were all smiles after accepting their winner's prize. — photo courtesy SROAM

Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Carsen Willans

Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Carsen Willans

Despite being small in stature, Carsen Willans, all 5’8” of him, plays the game with no fear, speeding around the NDCC ice like a very explosive heat-seeking missile.

Whether the opponent is big or small, Willans has a way of going into the corner without the puck and coming out with the piece of rubber and has been a key cog in the Leafs 10-0-1-1 start, tops in the hotly contested Neil Murdoch Division.

Willans and the rest of the Leafs take to the road for a three-game swing through the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.

Hawks shoot down Bombers 1-0 in Field Hockey Final

Hawks shoot down Bombers 1-0 in Field Hockey Final

To represent Nelson at the B.C. High School AA Girl's Field Hockey Championships next month in North Vancouver, the L.V. Rogers Bombers need to play a few more games.

J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail scored in the first minute en route to a 1-0 victory over the Bombers in the final of the West Kootenay Field Hockey Championships Wednesday at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.

The win was the first of the season for Crowe over LVR.

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