Leafs turn up defence to edge Spokane Braves 3-1
Much of the success for the Nelson Leafs this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season has come through the offence.
Wednesday, at the NDCC Arena, the Leafs clamped down defensively on the Spokane Braves, scoring a 3-1 Murdoch Division decision.
The win was the second straight for the Leafs and avenged a 4-3-overtime loss to the Braves the last time the American franchise was in the Heritage City.
Nelson is 3-1 against the Braves this season.
Carsen Willans, Travis Wellman and Austin Seaman scored for the Leafs while Brad Rebagliati turned aside 20-plus shots to register the win in goal.
Nelson, 22-2-1-3 on the season, increases its Murdoch Division lead to 10 points over idle Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
However, Nelson has played two more games than the Fruitvale based squad.
Nelson travels to Fernie Friday to meet the Ghostriders before playing the Nitehawks December 13 in Fruitvale.
Next home game for the Leafs is Saturday, December 14 against Golden Rockets.