The Leafs topped Grand Forks 4-1 on Thursday night. Tonight they face a much more difficult challenge in Beaver Valley.

The Leafs topped Grand Forks 4-1 on Thursday night. Tonight they face a much more difficult challenge in Beaver Valley.

Nelson Leafs top Grand Forks

The Nelson Junior Leafs warmed up for a big weekend against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Thursday by scoring a 4-1 win

The Nelson Junior Leafs warmed up for a big weekend against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Thursday by scoring a 4-1 win over the basement dwelling Grand Forks Border Bruins.

It took Leafs forward Colton Schell 12 seconds to give the locals a lead in Grand Forks when he beat Bruins’ starter Nathan Nicolson. The first period remained 1-0 as Nicolson turned away 19 Nelson Leafs shots.

Midway through the second period, Grand Forks tied the score when Seth Cory scored on Nelson call-up goaltender Cam McPherson. With three minutes left in the middle period, Jonathan Petrash got the lead back on the powerplay.

Nicolson turned away another 22 shots in the second period and the score remained 2-1 for Nelson.

In the third period Brett Norman and Patrick Martens finished off the scoring and sealed the victory.

The Leafs finish off the regular season with a home-and-home against the Nitehawks that starts tonight at the Nelson and District Community Complex at 7 p.m.