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Rockies edge Leafs in OT

Jaden Shumilak and the rest of the Leafs return home after a six-game road trip to meet Revelstoke Friday at the NDCC Arena. — The Nelson Daily photo

On the plus side, the Nelson Leafs managed to pull three out of a possible four points during the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road trip to the Eddie Mountain Division.

However, on the downside, Columbia Valley Rockies stole one of those possible points after knocking off the Leafs 4-3 in overtime Saturday night at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena in Invermere.

Brennan Nelson scored at two minutes of overtime to lift the Rockies to the extra time victory.

The loss snapped a brief two-game winning streak for the Leafs after Nelson, 17-6-0-0-4, opened the road trip Friday by doubling Golden Rockets 6-3 in a game played in Cranbrook.

Twice Nelson battled back to pull even with the Rockies, defenceman Kaleb Comishin evening the score with a goal four minutes left in the third period.

However, Nelson combined with Tristan Lambert and Alex Novakowski to score the game winner.

Lambert finished the game with two goals, and four points, while Gavin Fleck added the other marker.

Lane Goodwin and Shawn Campbell, each finishing the contest with three points, scored the other goals for Nelson.

Columbia Valley outshot the Leafs 46-22 in the game, including a 5-0 total in overtime.

Anderson Violette took the loss in goal for the Leafs.

Friday, Nelson scored three unanswered goals in the third period to double up the Rockets.

Tied 3-3 after 40 minutes, Campbell, on the power play, rookie Joe Davidson and Ryan Janowski scored to give Nelson the hard-fought win.

Twice Nelson overcame one-goal deficits during the first 40 minutes of the game.

Rookie Ashton Underhill, Lane Goodwin and Captain David Sanchez also scored for Nelson.

Jayden Hendricks led Golden with a pair while Liam Morris added a single.

Violette stopped 31 shots to register the win in goal for Nelson.

LEAF NOTES: Cole Wyatt, riding a four-game point streakregistered four assists for Nelson against Golden and two Saturday in Invermere. Joe Davidson, Shawn Campbell and David Sanchez each had two points. . .  . Nelson remains in top spot in the Murdoch Division, two points ahead of second place Beaver Valley. However, Nelson has played three more games than the Nitehawks. . . . . Nelson finishes the six-game road trip with a 2-4 record. . . . The Leafs return home for a pair of weekend games, Friday against Revelstoke Grizzlies and Saturday, a rematch against Columbia Valley. Both games puck drop is 7 p.m. . . . Leafs leading scorer Reid Wilson did not register any points during the Trail Smokies coastal road trip. Trail lost 4-1 Friday to Coquitlam and 5-2 Saturday in Langley. Trail concludes the trip Sunday in Chilliwack.