Leafs sweep weekend games to take first place atop KIJHL

Nelson also traded goalie Quinn Yeager to Grand Forks

A weekend sweep on the road has given the Nelson Leafs a big lead atop their division.

The Leafs edged the Border Bruins 2-1 in Grand Forks on Friday before beating the Rebels 2-1 in Castlegar on Sunday.

The wins not only give the Leafs (16-3-2) a seven-point advantage over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks for first place in the Neil Murdoch Division, but they also mean Nelson has the best winning percentage in the KIJHL.

On Friday, Justin Podgorenko and Jaiden LaPorte each scored while Josh Williams made 25 saves.

Ross King took the loss for Grand Forks (10-11-1) despite being called on to make 57 saves. His offence failed him, with Dalton Luce’s goal being the only one for the home side.

Before the game the Leafs traded rookie goaltender Quinn Yeager to Grand Forks in exchange for a player to be named or future considerations. Yeager had a 3-2-1 record with the Leafs, along with a 2.42 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

On Sunday, the Leafs used two first-period power-play goals to down the Rebels (12-7-1).

Nicholas Wihak and Logan Wullum each scored for Nelson, and Williams returned to net but had to make just 14 saves for the Leafs’ fourth-straight win.

Edward Lindsey had Castlegar’s only goal, with Tanner Douglas stopping 30 shots.

Nelson returns to the road Friday against the Golden Rockets. The Leafs don’t play a home game until Nov. 25 against Castlegar.



tyler.harper@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nelson Leafs, regional district plan full-time hazardous waste recycling depot

City requires flood-mitigation plan before one-year trial can begin

Nelson Leafs humble Rockies 9-2

Leafs score 7 unanswered goals en route to win

Nelson Leafs fall in Kimberley 4-1

The Dynamiters took a 2-0 lead en route to the win

Nelson Legion to sell its building to tech company

Traction on Demand will purchase the building while the Legion will lease space

Climbing group launches fundraiser for Castlegar cliffs

TAWKROC wants to raise $60,000 to purchase the property from the owners

VIDEO: Monday Roundup

#hotscoops #hotscoops #hotscoops

Military closes book on oft-criticized support unit for ill, injured troops

The transition unit will provide support and services to military members struggling with physical and mental injuries so they can return to work.

Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson named NHL’s first star of the week

Canucks centre scored two goals and six assists in three games

Protester says Canada doing U.S. ‘dirty work’ outside Huawei exec’s bail hearing

The U.S. wants to extradite Meng to face fraud allegations after Canada arrested the high-profile technology executive.

Kimberley’s Ron Rossi wins a million dollars

Big win leads to early retirement

Break-in at home of detained Chinese Huawei executive

Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver on America’s request

Natural gas rates will go up in B.C. on Jan. 1

Regions could pay up to $68 more

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

It could be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proven that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign.

Macron addresses France amid protests; is it too late?

Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday.

Most Read