A third period goal by Aidan Geiger lifted the Nelson Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Chase Heat on Friday night.
The victory keeps the Leafs in top spot in the Neil Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.
The Heat put up a solid fight against the hometown Leafs. Kaleb Boyle opened the scoring, to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the first period. The lead was short lived as Nelson’s Michael Crawford tied the game at 1-1 before the end of the opening frame.
In the second, Chase took the lead again after Tommy Brown put the puck past Leafs netminder Brett Soles.
Again the Nelson squad battled back. Goals by Cody Paivarinta and Austin Lindsay gave the Leafs their first lead of the game. However Chase’s Boyle scored his second of the game to tie the score at 3-3 by the end of two.
That set up Geiger for his third period heroics.
Soles was solid in the Nelson net, stopping 32 of the 35 shots he faced. Nic Bruyere stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced in a losing cause.
Nelson will now travel to Castlegar to face the Rebels on Saturday night. Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex.