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A trio of Nelson atom teams headed south over the weekend to take on their American hockey cousins and came away with impressive results.

A trio of Nelson atom teams headed south over the weekend to take on their American hockey cousins and came away with impressive results.

All three local atom teams took part in the action over the three-day Young American Days tournament in Spokane.

In round robin play the Nelson Chiefs beat all three American teams they tangled with and compiled a 31-1 goal differential. The Nelson Warriors also came away with a 3-0 round robin record, outscoring their three American opponents 27-3. Joining the fray, the Nelson Millionaires were perfect in the preliminary games and also racked up a 28-4 goal advantage over the three contests.

With six teams sitting at 3-0 heading into Sunday’s playoffs the tie-breaker came down to who compiled the least penalty minutes. The tournament final featured the Millionaires against a powerhouse Rossland/Trail Generals team that currently sits in fourth in West Kootenay regular season standings.

Despite great goaltending by Riley Davidson, the Millionaires were unable to match the Generals’ fire power and lost the final 5-0 to come away with the silver medal.

The Warriors and Chiefs were matched up in the game to determine fifth place in the tournament. An exciting game ended with the Chiefs edging their neighbours 4-2.

The Nelson Golden Leafs also attended the tournament in the pee wee division. The Leafs came away with a 2-0-1 record in round robin and beat Castlegar 5-4 in the bronze medal game.

Both the West Kootenay atom and pee wee divisions now have one weekend left of regular season action. Playoffs for pee wee are on the February 25-27 weekend in Castlegar.

Atom playoffs are slated for the March 4-6 weekend and will take place in Nakusp and Rossland/Trail.