New recruit Aidan Geiger sparks Leafs to win over Chase
The signing of Aidan Geiger paid off in spades for the Nelson Leafs.
The former Fernie Ghostrider scored the winning goal midway through the third period to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Chase Heat in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.
Geiger, who signed with the Leafs earlier this week after playing last season for the Ghostriders, combined with Patrick Croome and Aaron Brewer to beat Nic Bruyere in the Heat nets for the winning tally.
The teams traded goals all game long.
Kaleb Boyle opened the scoring for the Heat on the power play before Michael Crawford tied the game on a goal mouth scramble the saw Bruyere make three amazing stops before the Leafs scored.
Nelson tied the game with the man advantage.
Tommy Brown restored the lead for Chase in the second before Nelson struck for two goals in a span of two minutes by Cody Paivarinta and Austin Lindsay.
However, before the period ended Chase tied the game on the power play with Boyle connecting for his second of the game.
Chase, which peppered Nelson goalie Brett Sole for 18 shots in the third period, held a slim 35-33 shots advantage.
Nelson, 5-1-1-1, now travels to Castlegar Saturday to meet the Rebels.
GAME NOTES: Veterans Darnel St. Pierre and Aaron Dunlap watched the game from the stands. St. Pierre completed the second game of this two-game sit for an accumulation of hit-to-the-head penalties. Dunlap missed the game, and most likely Saturday’s tilt in Castlegar, with an upper body injury. . . . Leaf goalie Brett Soles, winner of four of five games, has slipped to 10th in the KIJHL top goalie category. . . . Aidan Geiger was Nelson’s game star. . . .Nelson’s Michael Crawford finished the game with two points. . . . Castlegar, 3-5 on the season, is coming off a 7-3 loss to Kimberley. . . . Next home game is Friday, October 10 against Castlegar Rebels followed by a contest Saturday with Spokane. The games are part of parent weekend for the Leafs.