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Maybe a road trip can turn the tide for the Leafs

Time to celebrate not playing a home for a while as Nelson takes to the road this weekend.

After losing two of three in the unfriendly confines of the NDCC Arena, maybe the best place for the Nelson Leafs to be is on the road.

The Green and White get a chance to re-bond together when the club travels to the Shuswap country for a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend games against Sicamous and Revelstoke.

"It starts this weekend," said Leafs forward Linden Horswill when asked about turning the frown of a three-game losing streak upside down.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Team Shypitka

From left, lead Bill King, second Don Freschi, third Fred Thomson and skip Tom Shypitka. — submitted photo

Team Shypitka, with players from throughout the Kootenays, take to the ice Tuesday in the Tim Horton's B.C. Senior Men's Curling Championships at the Trail Curling Club.

Shypitka, of Cranbrook, skips the team that includes third Fred Thomson of Nelson, second Don Freschio Trail and lead Bill King of Fruitvale.

The rink won the zone earlier this year in Cranbrook.

Staff at Mallard's Source for Sports would like to wish the rink best of luck with Team of the Week honours.

Also playing in the championship is the Myron Nichol rink of Castlegar.

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Saints captain earns second player-of-the-week award

Jordan Wood . . . 11 point weekend

The Selkirk Saints, and B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League voters know a good thing when they see one.

So it comes as no surprise that for the second time this season Selkirk captain Jordan Wood has been selected BCIHL Player of the Week.

Future looks bright for local skater thanks to success Kootenay Regional Figure Skating Championships

Nelson skater Christina Champlin racked up a gold medal performance in the her Pre Novice short program. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The region’s best young figure skaters squared off in Nelson last weekend at the Kootenay Regional Figure Skating Championships.

Hosted by the Nelson Figure Skating Club (NFSC), the three-day event determined the 2013 champions across a range of categories from Elements to Pairs to the crowd- pleasing Interpretive programs.

Thirteen skaters from the host club participated, giving friends and family a rare chance to see skaters compete on home ice.

World's top snowboarders set to descend on Baldface for second Red Bull Ultra Natural

Travis Rice overlooks the Red Bull Ultra Natual course high in the mountains near Balface Lodge. — photo courtesy Chris Wellhausen

Last year Travis Rice used home course advantage to capture the Red Bull Ultra Natural.

No wonder, he designed the course.

Later this month — February 15-21 — Rice is inviting eight new riders to the challenge of an updated course design to crown the world’s best all-around snowboarder at Nelson's Baldface Lodge.

“This event was created as the highest echelon of competitive snowboarding. It draws on all aspects and a lifetime of accumulated snowboarding skill and knowledge,” said event creator and pro snowboarder Travis Rice.

Bothamley edges Nelson's Richardson to claim Masters curling crown

The winning team includes, from left Doug Bothamley, Ladd Pavlis, Vern Ronmark, Ross Gowan and fifth player, Terry O'Connor. — Submitted photo

The Doug Bothamley rink of Creston came away as the big winner at the Masters 60-plus curling playdowns Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.

Bothamley, with a long history in curling competition having competed in the 1980 Brier for the Yukon/NWT, edged out Nelson's Rob Richardson for the title.

The tournament attracted three rinks from the Kootenays — Bothamle, Richardson and Sparwood's Ralph Will.

Bombers ready for playoff run, finish sixth at Sahali tourney

Cail Spencer (8) and the Bombers are back on the court Thursday at the Hangar. — The Nelson Daily photo

The L.V. Rogers Bombers tuned up for the playoff run by finishing sixth at the Sahali High School Boy's Basketball Tournament Saturday in Kamloops.

Playing in a tournament that included several ranked teams, the Bombers finished sixth overall after falling 83-68 to Abbotsford Secondary in consolation round action.

Jack Sturrup led the Bombers offensively and was selected LVR's player-of-the-game.

LVR opened the tournament late Thursday night losing 88-72 to South Okanagan Hornets.

Saints rally past Clan to open up lead in BCIHL standings

Saints rally past Clan to open up lead in BCIHL standings

The Selkirk Saints created a little more distance in B.C. Intercolligiate League standings by stopping Simon Fraser 5-2 in action Saturday in Castlegar.

The 16-1 Saints now lead the Clan by five points with a game in hand but only after scoring the win with a third-period surge.

The Saints' magic number for clinching first place for the regular season now stands at eight points with seven games remaining.

"SFU gave us all we could handle tonight, but the guys dug deep in the third period and got rewarded," said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.

Hawks sweep Leafs to tighten up Murdoch Divison race

Beaver Valley defenceman Walker Sidoni gets up close and personal with Leaf captain Colton Schell during third period of Saturday's KIJHL clash at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Nelson Leafs stay in the luxury Murdoch Division penthouse suite officially ended Saturday night.

And if the Green and White don’t right this ship in a hurry the living arrangements will only get worse.

Dan Holland scored twice to lead Beaver Valley to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The win completes a weekend sweep of the Leafs and lifts the third-place Hawks to within two points of the new division leaders, Castlegar with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

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