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Leafs deal Bolding, Selby to Sicamous for futures

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
October 19th, 2016

There’s no way a hockey team can keep four goalies happy during practice let alone during the regular season of a junior hockey league season.

So the Nelson Leafs coaching staff did its best to solve the problem by sending netminder Josh Bolding and forward Spencer Selby to the Sicamous Eagles in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League deal Tuesday.

The Leafs, in return, receive future considerations.

The deal leaves Nelson with three goalies in camp — Devin Allen and Ben Kelsch on the playing roster and Jason Sandhu on the injury list.

Bolding, 18, came to Nelson as a late Junior A cut.

The 6’5”, 190-pound native of Calgary played two games for Nelson, finishing with a 1-1 record after backstopping the Leafs to a 5-3 win last Friday over Grand Forks.

Selby, also 18, played nine games for Nelson at forward, finishing with two assists.

“I think we’ve got three goaltenders that could be starters and what combination we’re going to go with is something that as a coaching staff we’re going to decide,” said Leafs coach Mario DiBella following Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Spokane.

“The requirement of getting someone else into camp was based on (Jason) Sandhu going down with injury, and not knowing how serious that injury was. Certainly we felt both Bolding and Allen we brought in to tryout have responded well.”

Leafs continue to tinker with the roster, adding defenceman Noah Looman this week.

Looman comes to Nelson from Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

DiBella is also hoping for another cut from the BC Hockey League.

Nelson, currently riding a three-game winning streak, is back in action Friday when the Leafs travel to Fruitvale to face the Nitehawks.

Friday’s encounter makes the fourth time this season the teams have played in Beaver Valley.

Saturday, Nelson sees its first action against Eddie Mountain opposition when Columbia Valley visits the NDCC Arena.

Game time is 7 p.m.

The game is a salute to Breast Cancer Month. Special guest is Galena Rose Pal and her daughter Snow.

The Heritage City has been rallying behind the Nelson woman after the mother of one was diagnosed with a serious form of breast cancer.

Pal and her daughter will be on hand to perform the puck drop during the opening faceoff.

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