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Vernon's Cotter needs extra end to edge Joanisse in final of BC Men's Curling Championship

Jim Cotter of Vernon is heading back to the Tim Horton's Brier after winning the BC Championship Sunday in Vernon.

Jim Cotter of Vernon made a draw to the button to capture the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Mens' Curling Championship Sunday in the Central Okanagan City.

Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky, defeated Dean Joanisse of New Westminster 7-6 in 11 ends to claim the Men's Provincial Title.

The win avenged a loss to Joanisse in the first round of the Page Playoff.

Joanisse won that game 8-5.

The final was a seasaw affair with the lead exchanging hands several times.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Persistence is the key at this time of year

Mike from Grand Prairie holds up a nice Bull Trout caught on Kootenay Lake last month — Submitted photo

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is ready to give out the right information in the monthly fishing report.

Everything fishermen wanted to know about fishing in the region is right here.

Ice shock league-leading Cariboo Cougars

Kadrian Klimchuk of Castlegar scored once to help Kootenay upset league-leading Cariboo Cougars in BCMMHL action. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The Kootenay Ice snapped a five-game losing streak in 2015 after surprising Cariboo Cougars 7-5 in BC Hockey Major Midget League action Sunday in Prince George.

Shawn Campbell of Castlegar scored the winner with five minutes left in the game to secure the shocking victory over one of the elite teams in the BCMMHL.

The Cougars lead the BCMMHL with a 12 point advantage over Vancouver Northwest Giants.

Leading 5-2 after 40 minutes, Kootenay watched as the Cougars stormed back with three goals in a seven minute span to tie the game.

Boyczuk sink Leafs with OT winner as BV edges Nelson 3-2

Boyczuk sink Leafs with OT winner as BV edges Nelson 3-2

When the Nelson Leafs meet the Beaver Valley Nitehawks later this month in the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs, hockey fans are in for a treat.

Jacob Boyczuk scored at 3:32 of overtime to give the Hawks a thrilling 3-2 victory Tuesday night in Fruitvale.

The contest was the second time in as many games Beaver Valley has defeated the Leafs.

However, both of those games were one-goal affairs, setting up what promises to be a tight Murdoch semi final series.

Saints ink commitment from Thunder Cats Fuchs as team prepares for stretch run

The Selkirk College Saints return to action at home this Friday at the Castlegar Recreation Complex on Alumni Night where they will take on the Simon Fraser University Clan in a critical BCIHL showdown that will play an important role in the final regular season standings. During last year’s Alumni Night many former Saints were honoured during a pre-game ceremony. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

As the Selkirk College Saints head into the stretch run of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, the two-time defending champions are also looking further down the road to the team that will hit the ice in 2015-2016.

Earlier this week, the Saints announced the playing commitment from Marcel Fuchs to attend and compete for the Saints beginning next season.

Fuchs is a 5-foot-11, 180 pound forward who is completing his third season of junior hockey with the Kootenay International Hockey League’s (KIJHL) Creston Valley Thunder Cats.

TRY SOMETHING NEW with Rossland Rec

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Public Skating for the week of February 2-8 , 2015

All the Public Skating information, including admission prices, skate rentals and more can be viewed on the front page of the Winter Brochure and also on the City’s website, at, Arena. 

KIJHL comes down hard on Leafs, suspends head coach for balance of regular season

Nelson netminder Joey Karrer saw his share of blue sweaters Wednesday as Beaver Valley edged Nelson 6-5 in KIJHL action at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

As if the Nelson Leafs didn’t have enough bad luck with injuries this hockey campaign, now the Green and White have lost their coach and GM for the remainder of the regular season.

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has come down hard on the Heritage City franchise, suspending coach and GM Dave McLellan for the balance of the regular season after Nelson was found to have played an ineligible player for the past nine games.

Nelson also had eight points stripped from the season record, dropping the Leafs into fourth spot in Murdoch Division standings.