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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.

City holds its breath for Kraft Hockeyville annnouncement

City holds its breath for Kraft Hockeyville annnouncement

The big day's almost here – this Saturday, we'll be finding out if Castlegar is a semi-finalist in the Kraft Hockeyville competition, and in the running for $100,000 of arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL exhibition game.

This means lobbying support from far outside city boundaries, as the winning community could need as many as 2.5 million votes to win – which is why lobbying has already begun to get support under way.

Friday sees Saints start playoffs with home game at Complex

Friday sees Saints start playoffs with home game at Complex

After finishing the 2013/14 regular season on a nine-game winning streak and grabbing first place in the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League standings in their final game, the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program is looking to carry over their late-season success into a first round playoff match-up against Thompson Rivers University.

Leafs blast Braves 7-2 to advance to Murdoch Final; Game one Friday at NDCC Arena

Travis Wellman busted out of a scoring slump to lead the Leafs into the Murdoch Division Finals. — The Nelson Daily photo

For the first time in the entire Murdoch Division Semi Final against the Spokane Braves, the real Nelson Leafs stepped up.

Travis Wellman scored three times and Kootenay Ice netminder Jason Mailhoit was solid between the pipes leading the Leafs to a convincing 7-2 shellacking of the Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Tuesday night in Spokane.

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

Former Nelson resident, Scott Horner, shows off his trophy Rainbow Trout from last week.— Photo courtesy Reel Adventures Charters

By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Charters

It's only March. So there's plenty of time this year to hook a big one on Kootenay Lake.

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.