The Nelson Leafs couldn’t handle the Heat on Friday night, losing to Chase 4-1.
Matt MacDonald was the only Nelson player to score in the contest.
Chase got goals from Kaleb Boyle, Logan Mostat and two from Kolten Moore.
Joey Karrer had a solid showing between the pipes, stopping 41 of 44 shots he faced in the loss.
Chase netminder Nic Bruyere was also strong stopping 46 of 47 shots.
The loss leaves the Leafs four points behind the third place Spokane Braves with only three games to go in the season. It looks more and more likely that Nelson will battle Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs.
Nelson’s next game is tonight (Saturday) as the squad travels to Kamloops to battle the Storm.
Puck drops at 7 p.m.