Atom Leafs take silver, PeeWee team wins gold
The Nelson Atom Leafs are heading into playoffs with a strong tournament result behind them.
The team won silver last weekend in the Greater Trail area at their final tournament of the season. The Leafs went undefeated through three round robin games before defeating the Trail Warriors in the semifinals Sunday in Rossland. The Leafs were down 3-1 before rallying back with goals from Cash Nay and Cohen Wolbaum, before Nathan Jackman scored in overtime to win 4-3.
In the final in Fruitvale, the Leafs fell 5-1 to the Trail Toads.
The Leafs have two more league games before playoffs kick off Feb. 24.
Meanwhile, Nelson hosted a PeeWee tournament during Jan. 28 to 29. The West Kootenay Rapids, two squads consisting of players from Nelson, Castlegar and Nakusp, played against teams from the East Kootenay, Alberta, Idaho and Washington State.
In the Tier 2 division, the Rapids beat a team from Springbank, Alta., 8-2 in the final, while the Tier 3 Rapids lost 4-3 to a team from Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, in the semifinals.
See below for a picture of the winning Rapids team: