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McKinnon's late-game heroics sparks Hawks past Leafs in Game one of Murdoch Final

Leafs got some great news when leading scorer Jamie Vlanich returned to the lineup for Game one of the Murdoch Final Friday night at the NDCC Arena. — The Nelson Daily photo

In a series that promises to go the distance, Round one goes to Beaver Valley.

Nitehawks captain Archie McKinnon scored with 20 seconds remaining in the game to power visiting Beaver Valley to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday night at the NDCC Arena.

Beaver Valley takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division final with Game two set for Saturday right back in Nelson.

“We’re really happy with the result (tonight),” said McKinnon from outside the jubilant Hawks dressing room.

No room for error as Leafs open Murdoch Final against Hawks

No room for error as Leafs open Murdoch Final against Hawks

The Nelson Leafs had better realize, and quick, the bullet the team just dodged in the Murdoch Division semi final series against the Spokane Braves.

The Leafs needed six games to dispose of the American-based squad, thanks to two ugly losses at home when the players failed to show up at the arena.

However, there is no room for error when the Beaver Valley Nitehawks open the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Divisional Final Friday at the NDCC Arena.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Glacier Gym Club

Members of the Glacier Gym Club squad includes, Ava Anast, Shelbi Van Hellemond, Neve Hamilton, Ally Nicholson and Eden Bellman. — Photo courtesy Glacier Gym Club

More than 40 Glacier gymnasts were in action recently at two competitions in Cranbrook and Surrey.

Thirty-plus, including a squad of girls in the Level 1 division, athletes returned from the Key City meet in Cranbrook while five boys were in Surrey.

Mallard's Source for sports staff applaud the dedication of the Glacier youth with Team of the Week honors.

UPDATED: Cats torched by North West Bulkley Valley Christian

UPDATED: Cats torched by North West Bulkley Valley Christian

The Mount Sentinel Wildcats took it on the chin for the second day in a row at the B.C. High School A Boy's Basketball Championships Thursday at the Events Center in Langley, losing 68-33 to North West Bulkley Valley Christian of Smithers.

Once again the Cats could not match the offensive power of North West Bulkley Valley Christian.

Mount Sentinel continues to play in the consolation pool, meeting Duncan Christian Friday.

Kootenay rival Fernie also lost its second game 72-52 to Bulkley Valley.

City holds its breath for Kraft Hockeyville annnouncement

City holds its breath for Kraft Hockeyville annnouncement

The big day's almost here – this Saturday, we'll be finding out if Castlegar is a semi-finalist in the Kraft Hockeyville competition, and in the running for $100,000 of arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL exhibition game.

This means lobbying support from far outside city boundaries, as the winning community could need as many as 2.5 million votes to win – which is why lobbying has already begun to get support under way.

Friday sees Saints start playoffs with home game at Complex

Friday sees Saints start playoffs with home game at Complex

After finishing the 2013/14 regular season on a nine-game winning streak and grabbing first place in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings in their final game, the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program is looking to carry over their late-season success into a first round playoff match-up against Thompson Rivers University.

Leafs blast Braves 7-2 to advance to Murdoch Final; Game one Friday at NDCC Arena

Travis Wellman busted out of a scoring slump to lead the Leafs into the Murdoch Division Finals. — The Nelson Daily photo

For the first time in the entire Murdoch Division Semi Final against the Spokane Braves, the real Nelson Leafs stepped up.

Travis Wellman scored three times and Kootenay Ice netminder Jason Mailhoit was solid between the pipes leading the Leafs to a convincing 7-2 shellacking of the Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Tuesday night in Spokane.

Braves force Game six Tuesday by stopping Nelson 3-0

The Leafs were chasing the Braves from the opening puck drop, as the Green and White dropped a 3-0 decision in Game five of the Murdoch Semi Final Monday at the NDCC Arena. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Nelson Leafs missed a golden opportunity to get some rest before an expected showdown with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in next round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.

The Leafs dropped another egg Monday night in Game five of the Murdoch Semi Final, losing 3-0 to the Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena.

Nelson continues to hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. But the Leafs now must travel to the Lilac City Tuesday for Game six.

And what if the Murdoch Division regular season champs can't clinch the series Tuesday in Spokane?

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

Former Nelson resident, Scott Horner, shows off his trophy Rainbow Trout from last week.— Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Charters

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Charters

It's only March. So there's plenty of time this year to hook a big one on Kootenay Lake.

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.

Mallard's Team of the Week — Kootenay Chaos Track and Field Club

From left, Nelson Kootenay Chaos Track and Field Club members, Matti Erickson, Matteo Farraguna and sisters Adis and Semegn Atkinson. — Submitted photo

More than 1000 athletes were in attendance.

And four of those competitors were members of the Nelson Kootenay Chaos Track and Field Club.

And those four track stars, well, came away with a dozen medals.

Hence the reason why Mallard's Source for sports jumped on the opportunity to select these future track stars as Team of the Week for their great work at the recent Kamloops Indoor Games.

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