Leafs bounce back to tie Kootenay Conference Final, Game three Monday at NDCC Arena
Nelson Leafs bounced back from a Game one debacle to edge the Kimberley Dynamiters 5-3 in Game two of the Kootenay Conference Final Saturday in the Bavarian City.
The win gives the Leafs a split of the first two games of the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff series.
Games three and four are scheduled for the NDCC Arena Monday and Tuesday.
Fans should note the 7:30 p.m. start time.
After being shelled for four goals in the opening frame Friday, it was Nelson getting the upper hand on the Nitros.
Two goals from Major Midget affiliate Keenan Crossman and a single by Ryan Cooper gave Nelson a 3-1 advantage after one frame.
Former Leaf Ryan Keilty scored the lone goal for Kimberley.
The teams each scored once in the second as Nelson maintained its two-goal lead after 40 minutes.
Jaiden LaPorte, on the power play for Nelson and Brandt Bertoia for the Dynamiters scored in the second.
Kimberley closed to within a goal when Cam Russell scored midway through the third frame.
However, Ryan Piva, Nelson’s Game Star, connected on the power play in the final minute to secure the win.
Piva led Nelson offensively with three points.
Josh Williams was solid between the pipes to register the win for Nelson as Kimberley outshot the Leafs 33-26.
Cody Campbell suffered only his second loss of the season in goal for Kimberley.
Nelson finished the game going two-for-five with the man advantage while the Nitros were held scoreless in three power plays.
In Revelstoke, Judd Repole scored in overtime to spark Osoyoos Coyotes to a 4-3 victory over the Grizzlies in Game one of the Okanagan Shuswap Conference Final.
Game two is Sunday in Revelstoke.
SERIES NOTES: Saturday’s game attracted 621 after 845 flocked to the Kimberley Civic Centre for Friday’s opener. . . .Ryan Piva, jumping into the playoff lead in scoring for Nelson with 12 points, was named Game Star for the visitors in both opening games. . . .Brandt Bertoia earned the Game Star honour for Kimberley Saturday while Cooper Page was selected Friday. . . . Nelson dressed only 17 players for both weekend games as forwards Jackson Zimmermann, David Sanchez and Ethan Beattie all did not play. . . . Affliliate defenceman Reilly McKinnon was in the lineup for Nelson.