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Quick start powers Leafs past Border Bruins

Colton Schell (left) and captain Taylor O'Neil, started the weekend off with a win Thursday in Grand Forks. — Bruce Fuhr photo

By The Nelson Daily Sports

Three players, including Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adam Wheeldon, had two points to lead the Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Thursday night in the Boundary City.

Wheeldon, with two helpers, Joel Stewart and Cameron Dobransky, all paced the Leaf attack with respective two-point evenings.
Nelson, leading 1-0 after the first period on a goal by team captain

Taylor O’Neil, increased the margin to 3-0 early in the second. Dobransky, unassisted, and defenceman Raymond Reimer on a power player, scored for Nelson before Zachary Thompson beat

Marcus Beesley in the Leaf nets to give the home side some life.

However, that life was short lived as Stewart scored less than two minutes later to restore the three-goal margin.

In the third Yan Kalahsnikov made the score 4-2.

However, the Leafs tightened up the defensive screws on the Bruins for the remainder of the frame despite being out shot 12-3.

Evan J. Moir scored an insurance marker into an empty net to seal the victory. Artsiom Kalahsnikov completed the scoring on the power play for Grand Forks.

Nelson out shot the Bruins in the contest 33-27, including a 30-15 margin in the first two periods.

Nelson returns home for a two-game home stand this weekend.

BLUELINES: Tonight, former Leafs Landon Andrusiak and Dane Rupert once again skate on the NDCC Arena ice as the Kelowna Chiefs invade the Heritage City. Andrusiak leads the 20-18-1-2 Chiefs, second in the Okanagan Division, in scoring and is tied for 14th overall in league scoring with 46 points. The team moved from Chase during the off season. . . .Saturday Nelson hosts Ryon Sookro and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. . . .Leaf sniper Dustin Johnson had his five-game point streak snapped. The former BCHL star had points every game since arriving from Victoria of the Tier II Junior A league. Johnson has 10 points in six games. . . .Gavin Currie, rehabbing his injured shoulder, still leads the Leafs in scoring with 43 points in 33 games. . . .Leaf defenceman Blake Arcuri was back in the lineup after spending time on the injured list.

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