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Leafs Marshall earns KI Three Star honour

Netminder Dylan Marshall won five of his seven games for the Leafs. — Submitted photo

Dylan Marshall has been one of the main reasons the Nelson Leafs have climbed to the top of the Murdoch Division in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

And now the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan goalie has been recognized by the KI as one of the Three Stars for the month of December.

The other stars selections are forward Ethan McKinley of the Osoyoos Coyotes and defenceman Cam Reid of the Kimberley Dynamiters.

Marshall, capturing the Top Goalie honour, won five of his seven games for the Leafs. The rookie stopped 155 of 165 shots for a .939 SP and 1.42 goals against average with two shutouts (21 saves versus Castlegar and 23 against Creston Valley).

In back-to-back wins against Beaver Valley, Marshall made 58 saves on 63 shots. In 17 games, Marshall has 12 wins, which ranks him second in the KIJHL, to go with a .921 SP (sixth) and a 1.86 GAA (third).

Marshall, along with teammate Tenzin Mint, form the Leafs goaltending duo.

Nelson returns to action Saturday when the Green and White hosts Castlegar Rebels in a Murdoch Division clash at the NDCC Arena.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Top Forward Ethan McKinley

The St. Albert product had six goals and 18 points in nine games, including a game-winning goal. McKinley helped the Coyotes win eight of their nine games in December. The rookie had five multi-point games, including a five-point performance against the Summerland Steam on Dec. 18. Twice he scored two goals against 100 Mile House and Summerland. McKinley, 19, is fifth in the KIJHL with 10 goals and 34 points in 27 games, which leads all rookies. 

Top Defenceman Cam Reid

The hometown product had two goals and nine points in seven games for the Dynamiters. Reid helped the Dynamiters win five games during the month and enjoyed two-point performances against Golden on Dec. 4 and 7, and Fernie on Dec. 28. Since returning to the Dynamiters from the Cranbrook Bucks of the BCHL in late November, Reid has two goals and 10 points in 10 games, which has him second on the team in points for blueliners, but for points-per-game average, he is the top defenceman.