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Eagles, Nitros edge Leafs in KIJHL weekend action

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
September 23rd, 2019

Leafs fans are going to need to wait at least one more game before they can celebrate a win for the Green and White.

A second period goal by Trysten Brookman proved to be the winner as the Sicamous Eagles skated to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

The loss was the second during the weekend for the Leafs. Friday, Nelson played well enough to win, but lost 4-3 in overtime to the Kimberley Dynamiters in the Bavarian City.

Kimberley, undefeated in four games, is tied for first in the Eddie Mountain Division with Creston while Sicamous is tied for first in the Doug Birks Division with Revelstoke and 100 Mile House.

Sunday, despite out shooting the Eagles 11-9, it was the Leafs concluding the opening frame trailing by a 2-1 margin.

Goals six minutes apart by Brayden Haskell and Brandon Pelletier staked the visitors to a 2-0 lead before Reid Wilson scored on the power play for Nelson.

Frazier Mohlar and Bookman increased the Sicamous lead to 4-1 midway through the second frame.

However, Jackson Vyse and Wilson, with his second of the game, pulled Nelson to within a goal of the Eagles after 40 minutes.

In the third period Nelson tried frantically to find the equalizer. But Sicamous goalie Koltin Dodge was equal to the task, securing the win for the Eagles.

Nelson finished the game out shooting Sicamous 38-28, including a margin of 18-8 in the second period. Josh Bond started the game in goal for the Leafs before giving way to backup Curt Doyle.

Nitros steal points from Leafs in OT

Friday, in Kimberley, once again the Leafs needed to battle back to earn its second point of the season.

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Nelson scored twice to pull even with the high-flying Nitros.

Lane Goodwin, on the power play, and Bryden Pow in the final two minutes of the game, evened the score at 3-3 after regulation time.

However, Tyler Cheetham scored three minutes into overtime to give Kimberley the 4-3 victory.

Jackson Bauml and Beau Larson also scored for Kimberley. Reid Wilson scored the other goal for Nelson.

Curt Doyle face 42 shots in goal for Nelson while Brad Nyen made 28 saves to register the win for Kimberley.

Wilson tops Leafs Scoring

Forward Reid Wilson has points in three of the four games for Nelson to lead the team in scoring with six point.

Forward Lane Goodwin is tied with defenceman Logan MacDonald for second, each with three points.

Nelson, struggling out the gates this season, currently sits last in Murdoch Standings with two points. Beaver Valley and Spokane are tied for first, each with six points.

Castlegar and Grand Forks are both tied for third at four points.

Nelson, 0-2-0-0-2, takes to the road for a trip to the Okanagan to face Kelowna Chiefs Friday and North Okanagan Knights Saturday in Armstrong.

Next home game is Saturday, October 5 against Murdoch rival Grand Forks Border Bruins.

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