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Nothing going right for Green and White as Leafs drop seventh straight game

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
November 14th, 2016

Sure it’s nice that the calendar only reads November on the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.

But at some point, the Nelson Leafs had better start turning around their season.

The Green and White lost for the seventh straight time Sunday in Spokane, dropping a 4-1 KIJHL decision to the Braves in action in the Lilac City.

Like many of the previous six losses, the Leafs started strong.

Sunday, the same story unfolded as Nelson outshot the Braves 17-9 in the first period but failed to score.

Second period, again the Leafs held the advantage on the shot counter, this time by an 18-8 margin. And the Canadian visitors even took the lead when Ryan Piva notched his eighth marker of the season.

However, before the end of the period Spokane’s Carter Jones tied the game.

Jones then scored this second of the game midway through the third period. Mark Pretorius increased the lead to 3-1 just over a minute later before Paxton Malone scored with one second left in the game to complete the scoring.

Nelson outshot the Braves 49-32 in the game making a winner out of netminder J.J. Pichette.

Jason Sandhu took the loss for Nelson.

Nelson drops to 8-11-0-0-2, fourth in the Murdoch Division and 14 points behind front running Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The Hawks continue to soar in the KIJJHL, winners of 12 straight games and tied for top spot in the league with Creston Valley Thunder Cats — each with 32 points.

Nelson remains on the road travelling to the East Kootenay for games against Golden Rockets Friday and Columbia Valley Rockies Saturday.

On the positive front, both Eddie Mountain teams are also struggling in the standings.

But that doesn’t mean much for a team that was talked up as being a threat to take over the Murdoch Division of the KIJHL after a disastrous 2015-16 season of a year ago.

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