Goal explosion! Leafs rout Ghostriders 12-3

Ryan Cooper scored twice and had three assists for Nelson

Ryan Cooper had a five-point game as the Nelson Leafs humbled the Fernie Ghostriders 12-3 at home Friday.

Cooper scored twice and added three assists for the Leafs (2-1-0), who dominated the visitors from the opening puck drop.

Ethan Beattie and Sawyer Hunt also scored twice, while Ryan Piva, Justin Podgorenko, Zach Morey, David Sanchez, Jack Karran and Jackson Zimmerman each had singles.

Ethan Land meanwhile had three assists, while Josh Williams stopped 28 shots in net.

It was the first time the Leafs had scored in the double digits since a 10-3 victory over Grand Forks on Nov. 20, 2013.

Ty Abbott, Ethan Jang and Jordon Kromm replied for Fernie (0-2-1). Zak Larson allowed six goals on 27 shots before being replaced in the third period by Dylan Baker, who gave up another six goals.

Zimmerman’s goal 10 minutes into the game opened the scoring, and that was followed less than a minute later by a Hunt power-play goal. Piva also scored, but a quick goal by Kromm sent the Leafs to the locker-room up 3-1.

Cooper scored unassisted at 5:13 in the second before a flurry of goals gave the Leafs an even larger lead.

Abbot scored for Fernie at 1:39, but only 10 seconds later Karran beat Larson. Then just 35 seconds after that Cooper found the back of the net again to give the Leafs a 6-2 lead.

The third period was all Leafs.

Beattie scored twice, while goals by Podgorenko, Hunt, Morey and Sanchez bookended a meaningless score by Jang.

The Leafs held the Ghostriders to just three shots apiece in the second and third periods.

Nelson next hosts the Columbia Valley Rockies tonight at 7 p.m.