Nelson Leafs hold division lead

The Nelson Junior Leafs scored a 4-1 win in Grand Forks on Friday night. - Bob Hall photo
The Nelson Junior Leafs scored a 4-1 win in Grand Forks on Friday night.
— image credit: Bob Hall photo

The Grand Forks Border Bruins drew first blood, but the Nelson Junior Leafs stormed back Friday night in the Boundary country to win 4-1.

The victory maintains the Leafs' lead atop the Neil Murdoch Division standings, two points clear of the Castlegar Rebels.

After a scoreless opening period, Jacob Jeske scored on Leafs' starter Cody Boeckman two minutes into the middle frame to five the home side a 1-0 lead.

Less than a minute later Carson Willans tied the score and with five minutes left in the second, captain Colton Schell gave Nelson the 2-1 lead.

Just under two minutes into the final period Cole Arcuri and Jacob Boyzchuk scored ten seconds apart to give the visitors a 4-1 lead. Though Grand Forks fought hard to mount a comeback, Boeckman was solid in preserving the lead and the win.

The Leafs host the Golden Rockets tonight at the Nelson and District Community Complex. Puck drops at 7 p.m.

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