Trio of tilts for Leafs

Trio of tilts for Leafs

It may be a holiday weekend, but there will be no rest for the Nelson Leafs.

It may be a holiday weekend, but there will be no rest for the Nelson Leafs.

The local Kootenay International Junior Hockey League squad will play three games on consecutive nights, starting tonight when they host the Princeton Posse at 7 p.m. in the Nelson and District Community Complex.

On Saturday, the Leafs will play their second home game, also at 7 p.m., when the Spokane Braves pay a visit to the NDCC.

The Leafs have a streak of 17 games without a loss in regulation time. However head coach Frank Maida said it’s a long season and the squad has to look forward and focus on one game at a time.

He said the boys are ready for the weekend action.

“We really like to play at home in front of our fans, but at the same time, playing on the road is good for us.”

The team will hit the road for a Sunday tilt against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.

“It’s an advantage for us playing in a smaller rink,” said Maida, adding that travel is “not a big issue” for the local boys.

He said most of the other ice rinks have smaller surfaces, which he believes helps his squad.

Nelson currently sits in first place in the Neil Murdoch Division of the Kootenay Conference. The local squad has the best record in the KIJHL.