Nelson Leafs sweep weekend games

The Leafs shut out Spokane 5-0, beat Creston Valley 6-3

The Nelson Leafs continued to barrage opponents with goals as they cruised through two road games this weekend.

Brent Headon scored twice and Josh Williams had a 33-save shutout as the Leafs blanked the Braves 5-0 in Spokane on Friday.

Jackson Zimmermann, David Sanchez and Ryan Keilty also scored for Nelson (4-1-1), which outshot the Braves 60-33. The game was a particularly brutal one for both teams’ power-play units. Nelson failed to score despite 12 opportunities, while Spokane (2-2-1) was also blanked on 13 man advantages.

The Leafs stayed hot Saturday in Creston.

Jack Karran scored a hat trick for Nelson en route to a 6-3 win over the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.

Sawyer Hunt had a goal and three assists, while the Leafs also got singles from Ethan Land and Zimmerann. Quinn Yeager meanwhile made 30 saves for his first KIJHL win in net.

Liam Plunkett, Ronnie Wilkie and Conor Monaghan had the goals for the Thunder Cats (3-2-0), with Jaysen MacLean taking the loss in net with 17 saves.

Nelson has now outscored opponents 27-11 in its first six games to start the season, which included a 12-3 win over the Fernie Ghostriders on Sept. 15.

The Leafs also continue to tinker with their roster.

Last week the team signed forward Jaidon Laporte while releasing defenceman Troy Gilonna, who left for personal reasons.

Nelson next visits the Grand Forks Border Bruins on Friday before hosting the Thunder Cats on Saturday.



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