Maybe a road trip can turn the tide for the Leafs
After losing two of three in the unfriendly confines of the NDCC Arena, maybe the best place for the Nelson Leafs to be is on the road.
The Green and White get a chance to re-bond together when the club travels to the Shuswap country for a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend games against Sicamous and Revelstoke.
“It starts this weekend,” said Leafs forward Linden Horswill when asked about turning the frown of a three-game losing streak upside down.
“We got to forget about (the two recent losses to Beaver Valley) and start thinking about Revelstoke and Sicamous.”
Of course, after the sweep at the hands of the Hawks, most people are writing the Leafs off as a team that can still win the Murdoch Division.
But looking at the standings, the Leafs trail the Castlegar Rebels by a single point.
Sweep the Eagles and the Grizz this weekend and have Castlegar lose twice to Beaver Valley and the Leafs are right back in the driver’s seat despite the Rebels owning an extra game in the league schedule.
Then all the Leafs, leading Beaver Valley by one point, would need to do is sweep the Rebels to win the division.
But first things first, Nelson must beat an Eagles team that has won its last two games and only trails division leading North Okanagan by five points.
Saturday Nelson faces a team that shutout the Leafs 4-0 in late January but has lost two straight.
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Beaver Valley forward Dallas Calvin was named the KIJHL player of the month.
The Trail native has been on fire of late and owns an impressive 18-game point streak to which he’s accululated 47 points.