Leafs snap winless slide with 3-2 victory over Penticton Lakers
By The Nelson Daily Sports
Beggars can’t be choosers.
Which is why the Nelson franchise will gladly take its first two points of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, a 3-2 victory over the visiting Penticton Lakers Sunday afternoon a the NDCC Arena.
Connor McLaughlin scored the winning goal midway through the third period to give Nelson its first win in five attempts.
Twice the 2010 KIJHL finalists took a one-goal advantage.
Colton Schnell gave the Leafs a 1-0 when he tucked the centering pass past Adam Harris in the Laker nets.
Andriano Mungioli tied the game in the second before Patrick Martens restored the Nelson lead with an unassisted marker just over a minute later.
But Rylie Gallagher beat Marcus Beesley three minutes into the final frame setting up McLaughlin to be the hero.
Nelson out shot Penticton 30-22 in the contest.
Nelson netminder Beesley registered his first junior hockey win.
The win lifted the weight of the world off the Heritage City franchise especially after Nelson took it on the chin Friday and Saturday against two Murdoch Division opponents.
Beaver Valley Nitehawks doubled the Green and White 6-3 at the NDCC Arena to open the weekend on a sour note.
Six different Nitehawks found the score sheet for the visitors.
McLaughlin had three points for Nelson, two goals and an assist.
Braden Redschlag rounded out the scoring for Nelson.
Beesley registered the loss for the Leafs.
Saturday, the Grand Forks Border Bruins looked like KIJHL contenders against the Leafs.
The Bruins scored six power play goals, including three in the opening period to erase a 1-0 deficit, en route to a 6-2 trashing in the Boundary City.
Nelson gets another shot at the Bruins when the teams hook up Friday in Grand Forks.
Saturday, the Fernie Ghostriders, the team Nelson edged in the Kootenay Conference final, pay a visit to the Heritage City.
Puck drops at 7 p.m.