The Nelson Leafs rallied from a two-goal deficit to edge the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 4-3 and force a Game six Friday in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff series.
The KIJHL’s regular season scoring champion, Jamie Vlanich, netted the winner midway through the third period during Game five of the series Thursday before 876 fans at the NDCC Arena.
The goal by Vlanich, his third of the playoffs, was unassisted.
The Hawks still lead the best-of-seven Murdoch Final series 3-2.
Puck drop for Game six in Fruitvale is 7:30 p.m.