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Ex-Leaf sinks old team as Boycuzk scores in OT to power Hawks to 3-1 Murdoch series lead

Ex-Leaf sinks old team as Boycuzk scores in OT to power Hawks to 3-1 Murdoch series lead

A former Nelson Leaf player came back to haunt his own teammates.

Jacob Boyczuk scored at the 1:32 mark of the first overtime period to lift the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Tuesday night in Fruitvale.

The victory gives the Hawks a 3-1 stranglehold in the best-of-seven Murdoch Final.

Game five is set for Thursday night back in the Heritage City. Puck drop is 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.

Saints big winners as BCIHL announces season awards

Selkirk captain Logan Proulx was the co-winner of the BCIHL MVP award.

There's a pretty good reason why the Selkirk College Saints are in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship for the second consecutive year.

Part of the reason was unveiled Tuesday when the BCIHL announced its individual award winners for the 2013-14 season. And the Saints were well represented with no less than eight award winners, including team captain Logan Proulx was a co-winner of the BCIHL's Most Valuable Player award.

Calvin, Edwards pace Hawks to 7-0 dismantling of Leafs in Murdoch Final

Leafs Jamie Vlanich, seen during Game two of the series against Hawks Riley Brandt (11) along with the rest the Leafs, were kept off the scoresheet Monday in Fruitvale.

After failing to score in Game two of the Murdoch Division Finals, the  Beaver Valley Nitehawks busted out of an offensive slump in a big way.

The Hawks two-headed Monster — Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin — combined for nine points to lead Beaver Valley to a 7-0 shellacking of the Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff action Monday night in Fruitvale.

The win gives Beaver Valley a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Final with Game four Tuesday in Fruitvale.

Saints go marching back to BCIHL Finals by sweeping TRU out of playoffs

Saints sniper Connor McLaughlin scored three times to help the Saints advance to the BCIHL Finals for the second consecutive season.

Former Nelson Leaf forward Connor McLaughlin scored three times to spark the Selkirk Saints to a 6-3 victory over over Thompson Rivers University in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League semi final action Saturday night at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

The Saints sweep the best-of-three series with the WolfPack and advance to the BCIHL Finals for the second consecutive year.

Selkirk, defending BCIHL champs, won the opening game of the series Friday, 3-2 in overtime.

Leafs ride stellar play of Rebel netminder Patrick Zubick to even Murdoch Final against BV Hawks

Leaf goalie Patrick Zubick needed to deal with the likes of Dallas Calvin trying to get the backstopper off his game during second period action of the KIJHL playoff game Saturday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

It’s ironic how sometimes in the sport of hockey your biggest rival can become your greatest ally.

Patrick Zubick, of Castlegar Rebels fame, stopped all 21 shots to backstop the Nelson Leafs to a 1-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.

The victory evens the best-of-seven Murdoch Division series at 1-1.

Games three and four are Monday and Tuesday in Fruitvale.

McKinnon's late-game heroics sparks Hawks past Leafs in Game one of Murdoch Final

Leafs got some great news when leading scorer Jamie Vlanich returned to the lineup for Game one of the Murdoch Final Friday night at the NDCC Arena. — The Nelson Daily photo

In a series that promises to go the distance, Round one goes to Beaver Valley.

Nitehawks captain Archie McKinnon scored with 20 seconds remaining in the game to power visiting Beaver Valley to a 4-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday night at the NDCC Arena.

Beaver Valley takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division final with Game two set for Saturday right back in Nelson.

“We’re really happy with the result (tonight),” said McKinnon from outside the jubilant Hawks dressing room.

No room for error as Leafs open Murdoch Final against Hawks

No room for error as Leafs open Murdoch Final against Hawks

The Nelson Leafs had better realize, and quick, the bullet the team just dodged in the Murdoch Division semi final series against the Spokane Braves.

The Leafs needed six games to dispose of the American-based squad, thanks to two ugly losses at home when the players failed to show up at the arena.

However, there is no room for error when the Beaver Valley Nitehawks open the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Divisional Final Friday at the NDCC Arena.