Leafs use quick start to edge Grand Forks 3-2
By The Nelson Daily Sports
If this keeps up fans will not want to be late for the start of games featuring the Nelson Leafs.
For the second straight game the boys in the Green and White blasted out of the starting games, this time scoring three times in the opening frame to edge the Grand Forks Border Bruins 3-2 in
Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Thursday night in the Boundary City.
Dallon Stoddart, Colton Schell on the power play and Patrick Martens bolted Nelson into the early lead.
Zachary Thompson scored single markers in each of the next two periods but that was all the scoring Darren Hogg would allow as the Leafs held onto the victory.
Nelson, improving to a record of 12-11 on the season, out shot the Bruins 42-25. In the third period Nelson went wild, holding a wide margin of 23-8.
The two newest Leaf players, Joel Stewart and Brennan Foreman, both were in the lineup Thursday.
Stewart and Foreman were acquired in separate deals— Stewart from Spokane and Foreman, in a deal involving Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adrian Moyls, from Kimberley.
Both players earned assists during the first tests in the Green and White.
The Leafs return home to host to one of the hottest teams in the entire KIJHL, when the Kamloops Storm visits the Heritage City Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Kamloops has reeled off nine wins in its last 10 games.
Sunday Nelson hosts Columbia Valley Rockies in a 1 p.m. affair.
GAME NOTES: This was the second game in six days between the two Murdoch Division rivals, and the second time tempers flared with a pair of fights. Evan J. Moir of the Leafs battled Joey Cormano in the first period while Colton Malmsten went toe-to-toe with Bruins’ Cody Robertson in the third. . . .The Leafs welcomed Connor McLaughlin back to the lineup after the veteran winger spent last weekend as an affiliate player on a northern road swing with Trail of the B.C. Hockey League.