Leafs take care of business against Rockies
The Nelson Leafs overcame a sluggish first period to dump the Columbia Valley Rockies 5-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.
The contest, the first of three home games for the Leafs during the weekend, allows the Green and White to increase its lead over the Castlegar Rebels in the Murdoch Division to six points.
The Rebels lost to Grand Forks Border Bruins 6-2 in the Boundary City as the host club scored five third-period goals to erase a 2-1 deficit after 40 minutes.
Sawyer Hunt, with a pair including a penalty shot, Jack Karran, Justin Podgorenko and Ryan Piva scored for the Leafs, winners of three straight games.
Ryan Skytt added a pair for the Rockies.
Josh Williams stopped 17 of 19 shots to register the win in goal as the Leafs held a large shot advantage, 41-19, over Columbia Valley.
Josh King took the loss in goal for the Rockies.
Nelson returns to the ice Saturday to face Spokane Braves. Spokane knocked off Beaver Valley 5-2 in the Lilac City. Dawson Tritt scored twice to lead the Braves.
Sunday, the Leafs host Castlegar at 2 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.
ICE CHIPS: Leaf forward Jack Karran needed assistance to leave the ice after a collision in the first period near the Rockies blueline. . .. Nelson Captain Sawyer Hunt, running a point-streak to 10 games, led the Leafs with three points. . . . Leafs were sporting the new jerseys, sponsored by Remedy’s Rx, promoting Autism awareness. . . . Dropping the puck during the ceremonial faceoff between Ryan Skytt of the Rockies and Leafs Hunt was Blewett Elementary student and huge Leafs fan Lake Griffett-Weeks. . . . Before the game Leaf fan Evelyn Cartlidge made a presentation to Nelson goalie Josh Williams for earning a shutout January 9 against Spokane Braves. . . . The win gives Nelson a 2-0-1 record in the season series against Columbia Valley.