The Grand Forks Border Bruins drew first blood, but the Nelson Junior Leafs stormed back Friday night in the Boundary country to win 4-1.
The victory maintains the Leafs’ lead atop the Neil Murdoch Division standings, two points clear of the Castlegar Rebels.
After a scoreless opening period, Jacob Jeske scored on Leafs’ starter Cody Boeckman two minutes into the middle frame to five the home side a 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later Carson Willans tied the score and with five minutes left in the second, captain Colton Schell gave Nelson the 2-1 lead.
Just under two minutes into the final period Cole Arcuri and Jacob Boyzchuk scored ten seconds apart to give the visitors a 4-1 lead. Though Grand Forks fought hard to mount a comeback, Boeckman was solid in preserving the lead and the win.
The Leafs host the Golden Rockets tonight at the Nelson and District Community Complex. Puck drops at 7 p.m.