The Nelson Leafs are starting a new winning streak.
The local Kootenay International Junior Hockey League squad picked up its second road win in as many nights, edging out the Coyotes 6-5 in Osoyoos on Saturday night.
But it wasn’t an easy win as the Leafs. The squad had to come from behind to steal the victory in the final three minutes.
The Leafs were down 5-3 midway through the third before the offence rose to the challenge.
Nelson opened the scoring when Travis Wellman got the first of his two goals in the opening frame.
Two consecutive goals by Alec Wilkinson in the second, stretched the Leafs lead to 3-0.
However, Osoyoos fought back.
The Coyotes scored five unanswered goals, four in the second period and one to open the third frame, to give them the 5-3 lead.
But Wellman’s second of the game, at the eight minute mark of the third, put the squad within one.
Two minutes later, Linden Horswill found the back of the net to tie the score at five.
Overtime was a distinct possibility in this back and forth contest, but with just under three minutes to go, newly reacquired forward Jamie Vlanich scored the game winner on the powerplay.
Leafs netminder Tyler Moffatt earned the win, stopping 29 of the 34 shots he faced.
On Friday, the Leafs downed the Princeton Posse 7-4.
The squad’s next home game is set for Wednesday November 20 when Grand Forks comes to the NDCC. The puck drops at 7 p.m.