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Leafs Tenzin Mint earns KIJHL 3-Star selection

KIJHL 3-Star selections, from left, Kort Kinsinger of the Fernie Ghostriders, Ethan Floris of the Osoyoos Coyotes and Leafs Tenzin Mint.— Submitted

Tenzin Mint of the Nelson Leafs was recently selected as one of the three stars of the week by the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Goalie Mint was joined by forward Kort Kisinger of the Fernie Ghostriders and defenceman Ethan Floris of the Osoyoos Coyotes for the period ending January 16.

The Nelson native backstop won both his games for the Leafs, earning a 4-1 victory against Grand Forks and 9-1 against Castlegar.

Mint turned aside 51 of 53 shots combined for a .962 SP and a 1.00 GAA. Mint made 31 saves against Grand Forks. With the wins, Mint improved his record to seven wins in 14 games with a 2.68 GAA and .895 SP.

He is one win shy of tying his career high from the 2019-20 season. 

Nelson returns to action Tuesday when the Leafs travel to Grand Forks to meet the Bruins in a mid-week contest.

The Leafs continue their road trip Friday in Columbia Valley and Saturday in Golden before returning to host Kimberley at the NDCC Arena on Friday, January 28.

Kort Kisinger – Top Forward 

The Calgary, Alberta product had four goals and seven points in three games for the Ghostriders, including a game-winning goal. Kisinger began the week scoring a goal to give his team a 3-1 lead against the Columbia Valley Rockies in an eventual 4-3 loss. Kisinger scored the winner in a 4-1 final against the Golden Rockets. His 11th of the season gave the Ghostriders a 2-0 lead in the opening period. He added another goal and assist. Against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, in a 6-5 overtime win, he had a goal and two assists. His last helper set up Jake Oviatt for the OT winner. In 30 games, Kisinger has 13 goals and 35 points to lead the Ghostriders in points. His 35 points also rank him eighth overall in the league.

Ethan Floris – Top Defenceman

The Vanderhoof, B.C. product, had a goal and an assist in a Coyotes 5-3 win over Kelowna. Floris’ eighth goal of the season tied the game at three, then Floris assisted on the Coyotes’ fifth goal. Against North Okanagan, Floris scored his ninth of the season to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead in a 6-5 final. Floris is second on the Coyotes in points for blueliners with nine goals and 19 points in 31 games.