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Leafs run exhibition record to 3-0 after edging Nitehawks 2-1

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
September 1st, 2016

The Nelson Leafs continue to be the talk of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season.

Nelson ran its pre-season record to 3-0 following a 2-1 decision over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

The Leafs scored twice on the power play in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit to secure the victory.

Nelson concludes the pre-season Sunday in Castlegar. Game time is 2 p.m.

The Leafs open the regular season back in Fruitvale Friday against the Nitehawks.

Leafs rally past Nitehawks 4-2; run exhibition record to 2-0

Nelson Leafs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 4-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition action Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.

Sawyer Hunt scored twice to lead the Leafs to back-to-back pre-season wins.

Nelson blasted Castlegar 10-2 to open the pre-season at home Tuesday.

Beaver Valley scored twice to grab the early lead.

However, goals by Hunt, who came to the Leafs in an off-season deal with Kimberley Dynamiters, Jack Karran and Sam Weber rallied the Green and White past the defending Murdoch Division champs.

Karran has four goals in two games for Nelson while Hunt has scored twice in the exhibition season.

Jay Sandu, another off-season acquisition to come to the Heritage City, played the entire game in goal for Nelson, which outshot the Hawks 30-23 in the contest.

The Leafs have peppered the opposition netminders with 75 shots in two games.

The teams play a return contest Friday in Fruitvale before Nelson concludes the exhibition season 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.

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