Barzal powers Giants past Kootenay Ice

The 2012 WHL Bantam draft top pick, Matthew Barzal, totalled 11 points in two wins over the Kootenay Ice.

Mathew Barzal showed Kootenay hockey fans why he was the top selection last spring in the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

The Coquitlam native rang up 11 points on the weekend as the Vancouver Northeast Giants swept a two-game B.C. Hockey Major Midget League series from the Kootenay Ice 11-2 and 7-1 at the Castlegar Complex.

Barzal, the current BCMMHL scoring leader with 66 points in 21 games, opened the two-game set with an eight-point performance — one goal and seven assists — in Saturday’s opener.

Bombers coast to title at Wildcats tournament; get past pesky Falcons in final

Bombers Matt Zukowski puts up a tear drop against Salmo in the final of the Mount Sentinel Tournament Saturday. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The L.V. Rogers tuned up for a big test this coming weekend in Penticton by stopping the Salmo Falcons 98-47 in the final of the Mount Sentinel Wildcats High School Boy's Basketball Tournament Saturday evening in the South Slocan.

Isaiah Kingdon and Jack Sturrup with 23 and 22 points respectively, led the Bomber charge in a contest that saw the entire roster contribute according to LVR coach Ross Naka.

LVR, a Double-A team playing against mostly Single-A competition, had an easy time in the tournament.

Leafs dump Thunder Cats 6-2; now ready to face Rebels

The fan in the stands watches Leafs Cole Arcuri and team captain Colton Schell sandwich a Creston player during second period action at Friday's KIJHL game at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Creston had the perfect opportunity to sneak into the Heritage City under the cloak of night and steal two points from a team already looking to a Wednesday night showdown with their division rivals.

However, the Nelson Leafs put forth just enough effort to knock off the Thunder Cats 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.

Hockey is all good for California's Nielsen

Bryce Nielsen has been on the sidelines with an upper body injury.
Leaf program writer George Millar has been treating KIJHL fans with an inside look of players on the Green and White for years.

Now Millar has graciously accepted an offer to give that same insight to readers of The Nelson Daily.

Today Millar profiles Nelson Minor Hockey grad Bryce Nielsen.

Tough start to season for LVR Bombers; back on court at Mount Sentinel tourney

Adam Berg and the rest of the Bombers are in Mount Sentinel today for the Wildcats tournament. — The Nelson Daily photo

It's been a work in progress through two high schoool basketball tournaments for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.

The varsity squad is 2-4 on the season after being swept at the South Okanagan Hornets High School Boy's Tourney this past weekend in Oliver.

The Bombers lost 57-46 to West Kelowna's Mount Bourcherie in consolation round action Saturday.

The difference was a one-point offensive output by the Bombers in the second quarter of the game at turned a 20-15 lead into a 27-21 deficit.

Mallard's Team of the Week — LVR Rec Leadership

The LVR Rec Leadership class got together for a team photo after the successful Christmas Fundraiser. — photo courtesy LVR

The Rec Leadership students boldly went were few classes have gone before to raise more than $1700 at the second annual Christmas Fundraiser held recently at the LVR Hangar.

There was a pancake breakfast, a silent auction, Christmas crafts, a bake sale along with children's games and picture opportunities with Santa.

The Rec Leadership class will now donate the money to Nelson Salvation Army ($500) and Nelson Kidsport ($1200).

Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sport would like to give a big round of applause to the class with Team of the Week honours.

Leafs get back in win column by stopping Braves 5-3

Leafs get back in win column by stopping Braves 5-3

After seeing its five-game win streak snapped Saturday at home by the Kimberley Dynamiters, Nelson assistant captain Carsen Willans gave his teammates a bit of a blast following the loss when he said, “we’re the best team in the league and we have to prove it to everyone.”

The Leafs started another winning streak Wednesday night in Spokane as Nelson outlasted the pesky Braves 5-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.

The win gives Nelson a five-point cushion in Murdoch Division standings ahead of second-place Castlegar Rebels.

Leaf captain Colton Schell earns KIJHL top marks

Colton Schell of the Leafs tried almost everything to score in November. — The Nelson Daily photo

Leaf captain Colton Schell didn't take too many nights off in November.

Kootenay International Junior Hockey League voters recognized the heroics of the New Westminster native by selecting Schell Player-of-the-month for November.

Schell, 20, currently sits second in KIJHL scoring with 20 goals and 26 assists, two points behind Jordan Salahor of the Kelowna Chiefs.

During the month of November the 5'10", 180-pound Leaf captain scored 12 times while adding nine assists for 21 points for the top team in the KIJHL and Murdoch Division leaders.

Stand on your feet

Stand on your feet

While skiing a couple of days ago, I ran into our ski school director and skied a few runs with her. Wendy is one of those graceful women skiers, deceptively fast and smooth. She’s great to ski with. The day started with 18cm of power and by the afternoon the conditions were ‘variable’ to say the least.

Kootenay Ice gain series split against North Island Silvertips

Kootenay Ice gain series split against North Island Silvertips

The Kootenay Ice won its third game of the season by stopping the North Island Silvertips 3-0 in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action Saturday in Nanaimo.

The Silvertips rallied back Sunday to grab a series sweep with a 2-0 win.

Cranbrook’s Trevor Van Steinburg scored his first of two in the game less than a minute into the opener to spark the Ice attack.

Ryan Neil of Fruitvale also scored for Kootenay.

Brandon Sookro of South Slocan has two helpers for the Ice.

Harrison Whitlock of Fruitvale earned the shutout for Kootenay.

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