Sports News

Regular season is over with — Leafs now concentrate on post season

Leaf forward Rayce Miller reacts to taking a stick to the face from Castlegar's Dawson Haines in the second period of Sunday's KIJHL contest at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Okay.

The regular season is done, over with, complete.

Fifty-two taxing, troublesome and labourious games are now in the books for the Nelson Leafs.

Thankfully, the Green and White can now forget about what has been a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season to forget and concentrate on the first-round matchup against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, beginning Friday in Fruitvale.

Nelson concluded the regular campaign on a sour note, dropping a 4-1 decision Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena to the visiting Castlegar Rebels.

Nelson's Julien Locke competes at Canada Winter Games

Julien Locke of Nelson, seen here competing earlier this year at cross country race in Eastern Canada, is eager to represent Team BC at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George. — Photo courtesy Ian Austin

The Canada Winter Games opened Friday in Prince George with some 2400 athletes and 1000 coaches locked in competition in the Northern BC City.

Nelsonites can be buoyed by the fact the Heritage City has a local athlete to cheer for at the Games as Nelson Nordic Ski grad Julien Locke competes in the sport of cross country.

(Castlegar's Tyler Hartleb, 16, has also been named to Team BC in long track sport in Prince George. Hartleb, from Castlegar, skated for the Nelson Speed Skating Club.)

Former Selkirk College Saints Reconnect and Celebrate at Third Annual Alumni Weekend

The Selkirk College Saints hosted Alumni Night on Friday at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. Former Saints player John Horcoff (1971-73) and Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff took part in the ceremonial faceoff.

Though it’s a month away from the start of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) post season, the Selkirk College Saints had a taste of playoff hockey Friday night at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.

With time ticking down on the regular season, the two-time defending BCIHL champion Saints locked horns with the Simon Fraser University Clan in a key stretch drive contest before a raucous home crowd. Despite a valiant effort, the Saints were edged 2-1 in overtime.

Nelson's Keaton Roch lifts Kootenay Ice into tie against South Island Royals

Nelson's Keaton Roch lifts Kootenay Ice into tie against South Island Royals

Nelson's Keaton Roch scored with six minutes remaining in the game to lift Kootenay Ice into a 3-3 tie with South Island Royals in BC Major Midget Hockey League action Sunday at the NDCC Arena.

The power play goal by Roch allowed the host Ice squad to escape the weekend series with at least a point in the Major Midget standings.

South Island double Kootenay 4-2 Saturday.

Justin Podgorenko of Nelson, also scoring on the power play, and Tanner Costa of Castlegar also had goals for Kootenay.

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.