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Leafs roll past Thunder Cats, Nitehawks

Nelson Captain Jack Karran registered seven points during the weekend to lead the Leafs to two KIJHL wins. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Nelson Leafs added two more wins to the season record, exploding past Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Creston Valley Thunder Cats in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend action.

Nelson rang up 12 goals en route to wins over the Hawks, 7-4, and Thunder Cats, 5-1, Saturday and Friday, respectively.

The wins bolster the Leafs lead atop the Murdoch Division to 17 points.

Beaver Valley, with two games in hand of Nelson, played in Spokane Sunday.

Leafs offence on fire against Nitehawks

Nelson, winners of five straight games, outscored the hosts 7-2 in the final 40 minutes to knock off division rival Beaver Valley Saturday in Fruitvale.

Kaleb Comishin, Keenan Crossman, Reid Wilson, Emery Neilson, Shawn Campbell, Jack Karran, finishing the game with four points, and Cole Wyatt scored as the Leafs erased a 2-0 first period deficit.

Crossman, Wilson, Campbell, Wyatt and Mitch Lavoie also registered two points.

The Leafs, exploding for three goals in the final six minutes of the game, scored twice on the power play during the third period to secure the victory.

Nelson, 32-10-2-1 on the season, outshot the Hawks 38-35 in the contest.

Hunter Young registered his second straight win of the weekend in goal.

Quick start by Nelson sinks Thunder Cats

Friday, Emery Neilson and Jack Karran each scored twice sparking the Leafs to a 5-1 win over Creston in Kootenay Conference Interlocking Friday before 712 fans at the NDCC Arena.

Shawn Grobowsky also scored for Nelson, which held period leads of 2-1 and 3-1. Former Leaf Trail Thompson replied for the Thunder Cats.

Karran finished the game with three points while Kaleb Comishin, Cole Wyatt and Neilson each had two points.

Nelson took a 2-0 lead four minutes into the game as Neilson and Karran scored. The Leafs outshot the Thunder Cats 38-19 in the game.

LEAFS NOTES:

  • Nelson Captain Jack Karran has been on fire of late, adding seven points over the weekend to the season total. Karran is currently on a seven-game point streak and has points in 15 or the last 16 games. He leads Nelson in scoring with 57 points and has climbed into the top 10 in KIJHL scoring.
  • Leaf players donned the special Autism Awareness jerseys for Friday’s home game. The team will be wearing the jerseys for regular season home games in February as part of its Autism Awareness Campaign.
  • Youngster Niko Kozlowski dropped the puck in the pre-game ceremonial face-off between Leaf captain Jack Karran and Aiden Wong of the Thunder Cats.

Youngster Niko Kozlowski dropped the puck in the pre-game ceremonial face-off between Leaf captain Jack Karran and Aiden Wong of the Thunder Cats. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily