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Goals by Arcuri, Naka power Leafs past Braves 4-1

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
October 22nd, 2012

Two goals in just under a minute sparked the Nelson Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon in the Lilac City.

The win concluded a weekend that didn’t start out so well for the Green and White, losers 6-4 to North Okanagan Friday.

Nelson snapped out of a two-game losing streak Saturday by dumping Grand Forks 7-2.

After the teams exchanged goals to open the game, defenceman Blake Arcuri picked the right time to score his first of the season to restore Nelson’s lead.

Fifty-seven seconds later Matthew Naka increased the margin to 3-1 with his fourth of the campaign.

Following a scoreless second period, Nelson added some insurance when Linden Horswill beat Matt Zenzola in the Spokane nets with a shorthanded marker.

Cody Boeckman turned aside 40 of 41 shots to register the win in goal for Nelson.

The win enable the Leafs to jump into a first-place tie in the Murdoch Division with Castlegar Rebels.

Both Castlegar and Nelson have played two more games than third-place Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

The Rebels lost 3-1 Sunday to Sicamous Eagles at home.

The Leafs get a short turn having to travel to Fruitvale Tuesday for a date against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

The last time Nelson ventured to the Hawks Nest Beaver Valley put some serious hurt on the Leafs pounding the Green and White 8-2.

Nelson then meets Grand Forks Thursday in the Boundary City.

 

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