No number 12 for Nelson Leafs
The Golden Rockets halted the Nelson Junior Leafs winning steak at 11 on Saturday night in the East Kootenay.
Jacob Bergeron scored on the powerplay with one second remaining in the first overtime period to hand the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s top team their first lost in almost a month.
The Leafs outshot the Rockets 13-9 in the first period, but the score remained scoreless after 20 minutes.
Nine minutes into the middle period, Nelson’s Bryce Nielsen gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead. Five minutes after that Brett DeFias scored on Nelsons starter Cody Boeckman to tie the score.
With just over four minutes left in the second, Connor Beauchemin scored to give the Rockets the lead going into the dressing room.
The Leafs controlled the play in the third period and with just over six minutes left were rewarded when Carson Willans tied the game at two.
The overtime period was pretty close, but with a minute left in the extra frame Leafs defenceman JJ Bietel was sent to the penalty box for hooking. The Rockets capitalized with their late goal to beat the Leafs.
The locals will now head south to Invermere to take on Columbia Valley this afternoon.