The Nelson Bantam Leafs were joined by local fan Steve (front) for a team picture after winning a local tournament last weekend. Back row L-R: Kyle Kooznetsoff, Drake Proctor, Ethan Bennett, Alexander Andersen, Joe Davidson, Bryce Sookro, Noah Quinn, Dylan Mowery, Rhett Hamilton and Joe Surina. Front row: Koby Upper, Kaleb Percival, Simon Forrester, Seamus Boyd, Dylan Watts and Mason Ouchi. Photo submitted

Bantam Leafs win home tournament

The team is on a roll ahead of provincials

The Nelson Bantam Leafs continue to steamroll the competition as they prepare to host provincials in March.

The team defeated Calgary’s Springbank 5-3 last weekend to win a host tournament that included teams from Kelowna, West Kelowna, Salmon Arm and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Nelson hammered Coeur d’Alene 15-1, beat Salmon Arm 9-3 and downed Springbank 5-3 in their first meeting. In the semifinal, the Leafs breezed past Salmon Arm again, 5-2, before winning gold in the final.

The Leafs host provincials March 18 to 22.

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