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The Nelson Leafs were handed their second loss this season when they faced Princeton Posse Friday night at the Nelson and District Community Complex.
It was a close game from the get go and it took the Okanagan division team until overtime to defeat the league leading Leafs.
Carson Willans scored first making it 1-0 soon after the puck dropped on the first of three games for the Leafs this weekend. Travis Wellman and Linden Horswill assisting.
The Posses Devan Suidy tied it up with about 8 minutes left in the first and Kurtis Coburn got the go ahead goal soon after.
The Leafs Nolan Percival tied it up off a pass from Robson Cramer but as the clock ran out on the first period, Princetons Jon Thompson scored unassisted making it 3-2 Posse.
The second period was fast paced with good puck movement and the Leafs tied it up again just over a minute into play. Travis Wellman scored, Cole Arcuri and Willans with the assists. Horswill made it 4-3 on a cross crease pass from Wellman that was buried in the open net. Willans also in on the play.
Princeton’s Coburn got his second goal of the night on the power play off a pass from Kurtis Klinger and it was again tied at 4 a piece with 6:18 left in the second period.
Wellman edged his team ahead on a breakaway and it was 5-4 Leafs when the second ended. Willans got his third assist of the night on the play. Wellman and Willans both had four-point nights.
The Posse’s Destin Robinson scored unassisted and shorthanded on a goalie giveaway and the game remained tied at 5-5 until the end of regulation play. Tyler Moffat between the pipes made an key save with only 26 seconds to keep the Leafs alive into overtime.
Under a minute into extra time Devan Suidy roofed it sealing the 6-5 win for Princeton, Thompson and Klinger getting the assist.
The loss was the Leafs second this season with the other being in overtime as well. The Nelson team plays again Saturday night against the Spokane Braves. Game start at the NDCC is 7 p.m.