Nelson Leafs forward Matt MacDonald watches as the puck goes in behind Kamloops Storm goalie Bailey De Palma during first period action. The Leafs lost the game 5-4 in overtime.

Leafs drop 5-4 decision in overtime

Kamloops Storm scored in overtime to hand the Nelson Leafs their first loss of the young season.

The Nelson Leafs lost their first game of the young season, dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to the visiting Kamloops Storm.

Saturday night’s contest was an up and down battle. Nelson took the lead 1-0 in the first period when Patrick Croome put the puck past Kamloops goaltender Bailey De Palma.

In the second, Kamloops stormed back. Addison Bazian and Ryan Keis scored to give the Storm a 2-1 lead.

It looked as though the Storm would increase that lead when they went on the powerplay, but Nelson’s Nolan Percival scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game at two.

What should have been a turn in momentum backfired as Kamloops scored two goals in the final 68 seconds of the middle frame to take a 4-2 lead.

At the beginning of the third, the momentum shifted again as Nelson got goals from Robson Cramer and Croome to tie the game at 4-4.

Despite constant offensive pressure, the Leafs could not score again and the game went into overtime.

During the overtime, the Leafs kept the pressure on, not allowing the Storm to get out of their own end.

But with less than two minutes to go, Kamloops broke out of their zone and forward Addison Bazian took a soft shot which eluded Leafs’ goaltender Adam Maida and went into the net to end the game.

It’s probably one that Adam would like to have back, said coach David McLellan after the loss. “It hit him in the glove. It happens. It’s unfortunate, he’s better than that.”

While disappointed in the loss, McLellan said there were plenty of positives in the game.

We got a point. We battled our way back after going down two goals late in the second. It’s a learning thing. We have to give credit to Kamloops, they are a good team. They played hard. They probably played harder than we did.”

While the Leafs’ work ethic was strong at times, lapses in judgment cost the local squad, especially with the two late goals in the second.

Two guys lost their assignments on the draw and didn’t tie up their man and our defence wasn’t strong enough we the guy going to the net either… just mistakes early in the year.”

But a few adjustments in between the second and third period brought the Leafs back into the game.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

The loss comes one night after the Leafs pounded the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 8-0 on the road.

It’s always a coach’s nightmare when you come off an eight buzz win. You usually get some sort of letdown,” said McLellan.

The Leafs take to the Nelson and District Community Complex ice again on Tuesday, September 23 when the Grand Forks Border Bruins come to town.

The puck drops at 7 p.m.

 

Leafs notes:

Assistant coach Sean Dooley has returned to the Leafs’ fold. Dooley, who originally decided not to coach this year, has changed his mind and rejoined the club.

Just Posted

Finding support at Community Connect

The 10th annual event offered free services, clothing and food on Saturday

RDCK calls for reversal of Sinixt extinction

The board opposed a land transfer to the Westbank First Nation this week

Nelson city council to update banner policy

Council will revisit the wording of the policy at its December meeting

Forecasters promote avalanche safety awareness

Avalanche Canada advising backcountry enthusiasts to get proper training and equipment.

Meteorite fragments found near Crawford Bay

The pieces came from the fireball that exploded over Kootenay Lake in September

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Man pleads guilty to Leafs recycling depot theft

Dezmond Waggoner had been charged with theft over $5,000

Nelson Leafs stretch winning streak to six

Jack Karran scored twice in the Leafs 6-3 win over Fernie

Nelson city hall selling bear-proof garbage bins

The city has purchased 100 bins and is charging residents $205

COLUMN: Will West Kootenay forests survive?

As with most things around ecology, the answer is not simple, says columnist Greg Utzig

Julien Locke races to NST World Cup berth

Black Jack cross-country skier Julien Locke races to first place at World Cup qualifier

B.C. reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

Most Read