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Cooper sparks Leafs to 12-3 thrashing of Fernie Ghostriders

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
September 16th, 2017

The Nelson Leafs busted out of an early season offensive slump in a big way Friday night at the NDCC Arena.

Ryan Cooper finished with five points as the Leafs pounded visiting Fernie Ghostriders 12-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.

In the previous two games Nelson managed to score only two goals — a 1-0 victory over Beaver Valley Nitehawks and a 2-1 loss to Kimberley Dynamiters.

Friday, Nelson had no problem with the Fernie goalies, scoring three times in the opening two periods before unleashing a six-goal explosion in the third period on the winless Ghostriders.

Cooper, Ethan Beattle and captain Sawyer Hunt each scored twice for Nelson with singles going to Ryan Piva, Justin Podgroenko, Zach Morey, David Sanchez, Jack Karran and Jackson Zimmermann.

Ethan Land and Beattle finished the game with three points while Dash Thompson, Sanchez, Hunt, Karran and Zimmermann all had two points.

Nelson goalie Josh Williams, won for the second time this season as the Leafs outshot the Riders 41-17.

The win moves the Leafs into a four-way tie for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Castlegar, Grand Forks and Spokane.

Nelson completes an early-season, four-game home stand Saturday when Columbia Valley Rockies pay a visit to the Heritage City.

Game time is 7 p.m.

The Rockies were blasted 9-3 in Castlegar Friday by the Rebels.

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