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Miller shoots down Hawks in overtime sparking Nelson to 5-4 victory

Leafs Rayce Miller, seen here in action to close out the regular season against Castlegar, shot Nelson back into the Murdoch Division Semi Final series with the winning goal in overtime to give the visitors a 5-4 victory. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Just when fans are ready to write the eulogy for the Nelson Leafs the hockey club finds a way to come off life support.

Rayce Miller scored an unassisted marker in overtime to lift the Leafs to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over Beaver Valley Saturday night at the Hawks’ Nest.

The win evens the Murdoch Division Semi Final a 1-1.

Game three of the best-of-seven series is scheduled back in Nelson at the NDCC Arena Monday.

Game four of the series goes Tuesday in Nelson.

Both games have a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Hawks shutout Leafs 5-0 to open Murdoch Semi Final on fire

Hawks shutout Leafs 5-0 to open Murdoch Semi Final on fire

It was not the start to the playoffs the Nelson Leafs players wanted.

Allan Pruss scored twice to lead the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 5-0 trashing of the Leafs in Game one of the Murdoch Division Semi Final Friday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in Fruitvale.

Game two is Saturday back at the Hawks’ Nest.

Pruss, who finished the game with three points, scored twice in the third period to put the game away for the home side.

Kootenay suffers meltdown, drops heartbreaking 5-4 loss to North Island

Kootenay suffers meltdown, drops heartbreaking 5-4 loss to North Island

It was a collapse of major proportion.

Leading 4-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the game, the Kootenay Ice watched as the North Island Silvertips scored five unanswered goals to steal a 5-4 BC Hockey Major Midget League victory Sunday at the NDCC Arena.

The win allowed the Silvertips to sweep the BCMML series after opening with a 4-1 win Saturday in Nelson.

Five different players — Owen Hardy, Jack Long, Sage Lim, Brett Stapley and Tyler Topping, with the winner with time running out — scored for North Island.

Wildcats win gold

Wildcats win gold

The West Kootenay Pee Wee Wildcats female hockey team (based out of Trail) came out on top at the Surrey Superheart Tournament this past Feb 2-8 in Surrey.

The tournament is the biggest female event hosting 43 teams (novice to midget). The Wildcats entered the Tier 2 Pee Wee division going up against Langley, South Delta, Tri-Cities, and Meadow Ridge. Round Robin play went 3-0-1. The tie was against Langley, who the Wildcats would end up facing in the finals.

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.