Red-hot Leafs capture division title

Nelson’s road win against Beaver Valley clinched first place

The Nelson Leafs have clinched their second straight division title.

Jack Karran scored and added three assists as the Leafs beat the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 7-4 on Saturday in Fruitvale to secure first place in the Neil Murdoch Division.

Keenan Crossman, Reid Wilson, Shawn Campbell, Emery Neilson, Kaleb Comishin and Cole Wyatt also scored for Nelson (32-10-2), while Hunter Young stopped 31 shots.

Quaid Anderson, Kevin Duguid, Nathan Ingram and Nolan Corrado replied for the Nitehawks (22-17-5), who left Noah Decottignies on the hook for all seven goals on 38 shots against.

Ingram and Anderson gave the Nitehawks a 2-0 lead in the first period before Crossman and Wilson tied the game in the second.

That set up a wild third, which saw Nelson blow a 4-2 lead before scoring three straight goals. The final period featured four goals — two from each team — in a span of just one minute 56 seconds.

The win was the fifth straight for Nelson, which has outscored opponents 18-6 over the last three games.

The Leafs host the Spokane Braves and Fernie Ghostriders on Friday and Saturday, respectively. They end the season with a road game at Grand Forks on Feb. 22 before returning home Feb. 23 for a rematch against the Braves.



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