Leafs host Border Bruins in Murdoch Division clash
After spending two plus weeks away from home, the Nelson Leafs are finally back at the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena to host the Grand Forks Border Bruins in a rare mid-week Kootenay International Junior Hockey League contest Wednesday.
The Leafs enter the contest fresh from a 4-1 victory Sunday over the defending KIJHL champion, Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
Nelson, 14-5-2-1-1, holds a slim one-point lead over the Castlegar Rebels in Murdoch standings after completing the five-game road trip at 2-3.
The trip would have been over .500 had the Leafs not been dinged two points for using an ineligible player in a November 7 game in Creston.
Nelson won the game 5-2 but had the win taken away by the KIJHL disciplinary committee.
The Leafs have won both meetings this season against the fifth-place Bruins — 8-6 in Grand Forks and 3-2 at the NDCC Arena.
Grand Forks, 7-13-1-0-1, trails Nelson in the standings by 15 points.
The Leafs play host Beaver Valley Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena to conclude the weekend.