The Nelson Leafs finished the month of September with a 7-1 record, good enough for top spot in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division.
And the Leafs can thank sniper Ryan Piva for providing the majority of the offence during the run.
The Trail native was recognized for his breakout month by KIJHL voters as Piva was selected Kootenay Conference Player-of-the-Month.
Piva, third in KIJHL scoring and tops with the Leafs, scored 10 goals while adding eight assists to earn the Conference award for September.
The 5’11”, 165-pound forward had three power play goals along with one shorthanded and one game-winner. Piva's teammate Caiden Kreitz was runnerup with six wins in goal and a 2.01 Goals Against Average.
Brody Dale of Kelowna Chief earned Okanagan/Shuswap honours with a 28-point month. Dale leads all scorers in points and goals, with 12.
Kootenay Conference Honourable Mentions included Bear Hughes of Spokane Braves, Zane Avery of Grand Forks Border Bruins and Riley Fonger of Fernie Ghostriders.
Leafs face Murdoch rivals
To have success in the division, teams must find success within the division.
Nelson Leafs face two Murdoch opponents when the Green and White take to the ice this weekend as the KIJHL resume play.
Nelson hosts Castlegar Rebels before travelling to Fruitvale to meet the Nitehawks.
Nelson is undefeated within the division, posting wins over Grand Forks, Beaver Valley and Castlegar.
Kamloops Storm sage remains cloudy
It appears, the suspension leveled against Kamloops Storm owner Barry Dewar, have been reduced.
The Storm franchise was originally fined $10,000, and Dewar suspended for one year following tampering charges. The KIJHL and BC Hockey determined the Storm owner attempted to recruit two players carded by the Chase Heat. The Kamloops head coach was also suspended for 20 games.
However, a report out of Kamloops said BC Hockey reduced the fine to $1,000 and suspension to 90 days.
KIJHL president Larry Martel is expected to meet with BC Hockey to gain some clarity with the recent decision to reduce to the suspension and fines.