New-look Leafs thump Rebels in pre-season opener
It may be only August, and the Leafs first exhibition game, but after last season anything and everything is a bonus.
The Nelson Leafs fired 45 shots at the Rebel net en route to a 10-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Exhibition victory Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.
The contest was the first of the pre-season for the Leafs, which host Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday at in Nelson.
Game time is 7 p.m.
Nelson scored four times in the second period, snapping a 2-2 first period tie.
Andy Fitzpatrick and Jack Karran each scored three times while Charlie Wilkie added a pair.
Sawyer Hunt and Cleary Ambrose scored singles as Nelson outshot the Rebels 45-12.
The Leafs conclude the exhibition season Friday in Fruitvale and Sunday in Castlegar.
Nelson opens the regular season Friday, September 9 against Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
First home game is Friday, September 16 against Spokane Braves.
No to Travel Fund
Armstrong, home to the North Okanagan Knights, has decided not to partake in a travel fund for teams representing the KIJHL in Junior B tournaments outside the province.
Armstrong council recently defeated a motion by District of 100 Mile House.
The 100 Mile House Wranglers won the KIJHL title before representing the league at the Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup Championships — the latter tournament held outside BC.
The motion asked each of the 20 KIJHL communities to donate $500 to the KIJHL travel fund.