Leafs looking to build on an already impressive season
The Murdoch Division leading Nelson Leafs have a chance to put a little breathing room between the Green and White and their divisional rivals when the club takes to the road for a pair of road games this weekend.
Friday, Nelson travels to Grand Forks to face the Bruins in the first of two Murdoch Division battles.
Sunday, the 14-3-1-0-1 Leafs, winners of two straight games, face a West Kootenay rival in Castlegar.
“Both games this weekend are important for all three teams,” said Leaf GM Lance Morey.
“For us to continue to prove to both ourselves and our division competition we have to have a solid winning record against each of them.”
“And I think it goes without saying that there is no love lost between any of our divisional rivals,” Morey added.
Nelson has the early edge against both Grand Forks and Castlegar — winning both games against the divisional rivals.
First up for Nelson is the struggling Border Bruins, winners of one game in the last six.
The slump has dropped Grand Forks into fourth place in the Murdoch Division.
Sunday, Nelson faces a Castlegar team that is 6-2, currently riding a four-game winning streak, since the Leafs blasted the Rebels 7-3 in the only meeting of the season between the two teams.
“The biggest thing for us to be ready right from the first puck drop, play our game,” Morey explained.
“Which is use our speed to create opportunities offensively, stay disciplined as both the Rebels and the Bruins have very good power play.”
Morey said the key to Nelson building on its early season success is to continue to use size and puck moving abilities.
“Our forecheck and taking the body will once again throw a wrench into both team’s ability to breakout and move the puck,” he said.
“And it goes without saying our goaltending will need to continue to be sold.”
Nelson continues its road trip through most of November, returning home to face Castlegar, Saturday, November 25th.
Yeager finds home in Boundary Country
It didn’t take Quinn Yeager long to find a new team.
The Leafs shipped the rookie netminder to Grand Forks for future consideration.
Yeager became the odd man out when Nelson acquired Sam Burford last month from Alberta Junior A.
Pay tribute to the Veterans
Nelson Leafs will once again be part of the annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Nelson.
The Leafs will march in the Remembrance Day Parade and participate in the ceremonies at the Nelson Cenotaph.
“I think out of respect for our Veterans past and present it is the least we can do,” said Morey.