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Leafs Davidson selected as KIJHL Stars of Week

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
November 8th, 2022

Nelson Leafs forward Joe Davidson has been selected as one of the Instat Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Stars of the Week.

The Nelson native joins Dain Levesque of the Kelowna Chiefs and Sicamous Eagles netminder Damon Cunningham as Stars of the Week winners.

Davidson finished the past week with four goals and an assist in two games for the Leafs.

The 6’3”, 200-pound winger opened the scoring and added an assist in a tough 4-2 Neil Murdoch Divisional loss to the Grand Forks Border Bruins. 

Davidson then helped the Leafs erase a 2-0 deficit against the Fernie Ghostriders and earn a 3-2 overtime win with a hat-trick.

The Leafs veteran has 13 points in 12 games to lead the Leafs in points.

Nelson, 8-3-2-1 on the season to sit in third spot in the Neil Murdoch Division, continues a five-game homestand Thursday when the Leafs host Beaver Valley Nitehawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.

The Leafs trail Murdoch leading Grand Forks by six points in division standings.

Saturday, the Summerland Steam pay a visit to the Heritage City to face the Leafs.

Top Defenceman

Dain Levesque – The Kitimat, B.C. product had a goal and three assists in three games for the Chiefs, all losses. In a 7-3 loss to the Osoyoos Coyotes, Levesque assisted on their goal to make it a 3-1 Osoyoos lead. In a 5-1 loss, to Osoyoos, the five-foot-nine, 175-pound blueliner had scored their lone goal on the power-play. Then in their 7-6 shootout loss to Columbia Valley, Levesque had two assists, giving the Chiefs a 4-3 and 5-3 lead. Levesque now leads the Chiefs in points with eight points in 13 games. He has two goals.

Top Goalie 

Damon Cunningham – The Sturgeon Country, Alberta product earned his first KIJHL shutout with a 38-save performance in a 2-0 win against the Kamloops Storm on Nov. 5. Cunningham made 29 saves in the second and third period combined, including 16 in the third period. With the win, Cunningham improved his record to 5-1 in six games and has an incredible .959 save percentage with 1.50 goals against average.

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