Goalies too much for shooters as Rebels and Leafs exchange shutout wins

Leaf defenceman Linden Horswill keeps Diego Bartlett of the Rebels tied up in front of goalie Brett Soles as defence was the difference in the Murdoch home-and-home series. — Bruce Fuhr photo

The Castlegar Rebels rebounded from a heart-breaking road loss in a big way, stopping the Leafs cold Saturday night at the Complex.

Brenden Heinrich scored midway through the second period and goalie Jordan Gluck continued his home dominance over the West Kootenay rivals sparking the Rebels to a 1-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory in Castlegar.

It was the second time in as many games Gluck has shutout the Leafs — both by 1-0 scores.

Saints jump into top spot with 6-1 thrashing of TWU

Saints jump into top spot with 6-1 thrashing of TWU

The Selkirk Saints continue shine on the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League.

The Saints struck four times in the second period to blast Trinity Western Spartans 6-1 in BCIHL action Friday night at the Castlegar Complex.

The win christened the home season for the Saints and moves the Saints to 3-0 on the season for first place in league standings.

"We came out hard wanting to make a positive impression on the home crowd and get them into the game," said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.

Soles, Leafs blank Rebels 3-0

Matthew Naka toils in the faceoff circle with Peter Mingus during Friday's KIJHL clash at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

It was "return the favour time" for the Nelson Leafs.

After being shutout in the last meeting between the two teams, Leaf netminder Brett Soles picked up his mates with a 21-save performance to lead Nelson to a 3-0 victory over rival Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.

The two teams play the back half of the home-and-home series Saturday in Castlegar.

Game time is 7:30 p.m. in the Castlegar Complex.

There is much difference between the two teams this season.

Murdoch Division congested at the top, Nelson hosts Castlegar while Storm invades Hawks Nest

The puck drops in Murdoch Division action Friday on two fronts. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Castlegar Rebels slipped out of top spot in the Murdoch Division without even lacing up a skate.

The Beaver Valley Nitehawks used a mid-week-game-in-hand to dump Spokane 4-1 to move ahead of Castlegar in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division standings.

The Hawks, winners of three straight, used two-point performances from Nick Perez and Russell Mortlock to outlast the Braves and now lead Rebels by a single point.

Nelson is three behind the Hawks in third.

Saints face Spartans Friday in home opener at Castlegar Complex

Alex Sirard and the Saints look for win three Friday against TWU. — photo courtesy Selkirk College

Two up and two down.

After struggling through most of last season the Selkirk Saints is the early surprise in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League.

The Saints look to make it three-for-three Friday at the Castlegar Rec Complex Arena when the squad hosts Trinity Western University Spartains at 7:30 p.m.

"TWU is a hard-working, defensively strong team who will come out hungry on Friday night as they go after their first win," said Saints head
coach Jeff Dubois.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Kootenay Community Bat Project Team

The Kootenay contingent of bat teachers include, back row, L-R, Lee-Anne Walker (Fernie), Monica Nissen (Nelson), Gillian Saunders (Kaslo) and Gillian Cooper (Creston). Front, Genna Lazier (Nelson), Patty Kolesnichenko (Kimberley), Jessica Thomson (Rossland), Wendy Pope (Golden) and Jennifer Vogel (Rossland).

Bats aren't really scary says Juliet Craig is a Registered Professional Biologist with Silverwing Ecological Consulting.

Which is why Craig and Company are heading out to educate the public on the pros of bats and their role in ecosystems.

Staff at Mallard's Source for Sports want to salute Craig's crews of Kootenay-wide teachers with Team of the Week honours.

The contingent, that can be found by calling 250-352-2260, includes, back row, L-R, Lee-Anne Walker (Fernie), Monica Nissen (Nelson), Gillian Saunders (Kaslo) and Gillian Cooper (Creston).

Fishing Report — October looking good on the main lake

There's been lots of action on Kootenay Lake. — Reel Adventures photo

Reel Adventures Fishing Charters guide Kerry Reed has been away on th West Coast of late. Reed gives a capsule account of life on the ocean as well as helping local fishermen catch the big one on Kootenay Lake.

Well, we finally made it back from the West Coast a couple weeks ago. 

This year's Salmon fishing was a lot different than most years, probably because of the unusually warm waters. 

Hard work by NDBA executive pays off in new Lions Park diamond

The ball diamond at Lions Park is turfed and ready for play in 2013. — photo courtesy NDBA

There’s a new ball diamond in Nelson . . . which has the feel of Boston’s Fenway Park.

The Nelson and District Baseball Association recently took the wrappings off the new diamond at Lions Park in Uphill.

“The new diamond is ready for ready play for the 2013 season for our 11 and under baseball players in the Little League Minor and Youth Baseball Rookie and T-ball divisions which is about 85 players in 2012,” said Larry Martel of the NDBA.

Cats finish seventh at UBC Okanagan; Salmo Falcons take Gold Division

Lynnea Carr of Mount Sentinel was pretty happy as the Cats continue to improve. — The Nelson Daily photo

Third-ranked Mount Sentinel held their own in finishing seventh at the UBC Okanagan Heat High School Girl's Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.

Eighth-ranked College Heights of Prince George defeated the Wildcats 22-25, 26-24, 12-15 in the battle for fifth spot.

"The big lesson learned is that against the best in the province 'there are no nap times'," said Mount Sentinel head coach Joe Moreira.

"Each time we lost focus we got beat up."

Bomber juniors strike silver at Chilliwack Fieldhockey tourney

LVR keeper Tara Yowek charges to stall a Delta player while Lauren Walgren covers the net in support during the weekend fieldhockey tournament in Chilliwack. —photo courtesy LVR Athletics

As keeper Tara Yowek goes, so does the L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers Fieldhockey squad.

Yowek was once again outstanding guarding the cage to power the Bombers to a silver medal showing at the Chilliwack High School Junior Girl’s Fieldhockey Tournament Saturday in the Fraser Valley City.

The Bombers finished with a 3-1 mark at the tourney, which featured teams from Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland Schools.

The lone loss of the weekend came against Delta.

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