Nelson Leafs edge Braves 4-3 in Spokane

Nelson now has a five-point lead atop the division standings

Ryan Piva had the game-winning goal as the Nelson Leafs edged the Braves 4-3 in Spokane on Saturday.

Piva’s third-period goal kept Nelson ahead despite Braves forward Cooper Schroder pulling his side to within one with 52 seconds left in regulation.

Michael Bladon, Michael LeNoury and Zach Morey also scored for the Leafs (14-3-2), who took a five-point lead atop the Neil Murdoch Division with Beaver Valley being upset 4-2 to Fernie on the same night. Sam Burford finished with 27 saves for Nelson.

The win came one night after the Leafs beat the Braves 3-2 in Nelson.

Trail Thompson and Aaron Morris also scored for Spokane (4-13-3), while Ben Waslaski made 37 saves.

The Leafs are next on the road against the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Friday. Nelson doesn’t have a home game until Nov. 25 against Castlegar.

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