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Nelson Leafs extend run to nine

JJ Beitel scored the Leaf
JJ Beitel scored the Leaf's fourth goal on the way to a 5-3 victory against the Golden Rockets on Saturday.
— image credit: Sam Van Schie photo

The Nelson Junior Leafs ran their winning streak to nine on Saturday with a 5-3 win over the Golden Rockets.

Linden Horswill opened the scoring seven minutes into the first period to give the home side the early advantage.

With eight minutes left in the period, Keith Wake notched the score at ones when he scored a shorthanded goal on Leafs’ starter Brett Soles.

The Leafs outshot the Rockets 14-5 in the opening frame.

Corton Schell regained the lead for Nelson just over eight minutes into the middle period, but once again the Rockets responded to tie the game 2-2 with just under five minutes left.

The teams exchanged goals in the late stages of the period to head into the dressing room tied at three. In a rare stat during the Leafs current hot streak, their opposition actually outshot the Leafs in the middle stanza 15-12.

JJ Beitel gave the Leafs the lead once again just over five minutes into the third period when the veteran defenceman scored on the powerplay.

The Rockets kept the heat on the Leafs for the rest of the period, but Soles was solid between the pipes.

Aaron Dunlap scored into the empty net to salt away the win with 44 seconds left.

The Leafs will now hit the road for the next four games. They will travel to Fruitvale on Tuesday night to take on the Nitehawks and then on the weekend will make their annual East Kootenay swing.

 

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