Nelson Leafs

Nelson Leafs

Quast scored 3 as Leafs humble Nitehawks 8-1

Nelson has a 2-1 series lead

Ryan Quast scored a hat trick as the Nelson Leafs shocked the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 8-1 in Game 3 on Monday.

Nelson scored five unanswered goals in Fruitvale to take a 2-1 series lead in the Neil Murdoch Division final.

Simon Nemethy scored twice, including one short-handed goal, and added two assists, while Liam Noble had a goal and three assists.

Bryce Sookro and Rhett Hamilton also scored, while Bennett Anklewich chipped in with four assists. Tenzin Mint meanwhile made 33 saves.

Hunter Burgeson had the lone goal for the Nitehawks. Owen Albers was pulled from the Beaver Valley net after allowing five goals on 23 shots. He was replaced by Kevin Engman, who gave up three more on 15 shots.

The Leafs and Nitehawks play Game 4 on Tuesday in Fruitvale, followed by Game 5 Thursday in Nelson.

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