Former Leaf Gus Correale selected AJHL player of the week
Former Nelson Leaf Gus Correale scored three times and had a total of six points to earn player-of-the-week honours in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Correale, now playing for the Grande Prairie Storm, accumulated the points during a two-game weekend series sweep of the Whitecourt Wolverines.
The 19-year-old forward scored the winning goal in overtime in a 5-4 win Friday.
Saturday, Correale scored twice and added two assists in an 8-4 drubbing for the Storm. He also earned Pro Hockey Life Player of the Game Award in the contest.
Correale is currently enjoying a six-game point streak totaling 10 points.
The Prince George native leads Grande Prairie in scoring with 21 points, an average of 1.2 points per game.
Correale played for the Leafs during the 2009-10 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season scoring 14 goals while adding 29 assists as a 16-year-old rookie.
Nelson lost out to Revelstoke that season in the KIJHL Final.
Correale then went to Vernon Vipers of the B.C. Hockey League where he was traded after on October, 26th 2010 to the Storm for defenceman, Austin Baecker & future considerations.
Correale went pointless in nine regular season games with the Vipers.
In 19 games with the Storm this season Correale has recorded (9-12-21).
In 118 games with the Storm, Correale has 29 goals and 51 assists for 80 points.
Grande Prairie, winners of six straight games, is third in the Northern Diviison of the AJHL two points behind division-leading Whitecourt.
The Nelson Leafs return to the ice Friday travelling to Grand Forks to face the lowly Bruins.
Nelson, winners of seven consecutive games, leads the Murdoch Division by two points ahead of Castlegar Rebels.
The Leafs host Golden Rockets Saturday at the NDCC Arena at 7 p.m.
The Rebels have won four straight games. Castlegar hosts Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday before playing Spokane Braves in a home-and-home series, Saturday in the Sunflower City and Sunday back south of the 49th parallel.