A game that looked like it might become the sixth straight win for the Nelson Leafs took a turn half way through resulting in a point for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
Tonight’s game was the fourth game the Leafs have played in the past five days, and as Leafs goaltender Andrew Walton told the Star on Sunday after their game against Osoyoos, each game gets a little bit harder.
The Leafs started the game strong with a goal by Colton Schell with an assist by Patrick Martens.
Then with only seconds left in the first period the Leafs were able to slide the puck past Nitehawks goalie Zach Perehudoff making the score 2-0 going into the second period.
Leafs vet Martens made the score 3-0 in the second period, but the Leafs weren’t able to fend off the Nitehawks as Beaver Valley scored three goals tying the game.
Both teams battled it out in the third period and Beaver Valley fans erupted in the stands with only four and a half minutes remaining when the Nitehawks were able to sneak the puck past Walton giving them the lead.
Only seconds after their fourth goal, Nitehawks player Craig Martin scored his third goal of the game sending the puck high in to the upper left corner of the net past Walton’s stick.
The Leafs managed to score one more goal by Nelson newbie Nik Newman before the clock ran out, but the win went to the Nitehawks.
Nelson now heads to Grand Forks to take on the Border Bruins on Thursday night.
The Leafs will be back on home ice on Friday night to face off against the Kimberley Dynamiters.