Leafs defenceman Michael Bladon had one of Nelson’s six goals in a big win Monday in Grand Forks. Photo: Kathleen Saylors, Grand Forks Gazette

Nelson Leafs take 3-0 series lead

Nelson hammered Grand Forks 6-2 in Game 3

The Nelson Leafs are one game away from a first-round sweep.

The Leafs hammered the Border Bruins in Grand Forks, 6-2 on Monday to take a 3-0 series lead.

Nicholas Wihak, Jack Karran, Ryan Cooper, Jackson Zimmermann, Brendan Makay and Mitchell Lavoie each scored for Nelson while Caiden Kreitz stopped 26 shots in his first appearance of the series.

Rylan Smaha-Muir and Riley Smoler replied for Grand Forks. Quinn Yeager was pulled from the Border Bruins’ net after allowed four goals on 30 shots. He was replaced by Ross King, who gave up two more on 23 shots.

The Leafs, who scored all six goals unanswered, benefited from an astonishing 17 power plays as the Border Bruins unravelled.

The game was delayed for a time after the penalty box door fell off and needed to be repaired.

Nelson can win the series tonight in Grand Forks. If the Leafs lose, they are back on home ice Thursday for Game 5.

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