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Florida Panthers win Dryden Hunt sweepstakes, sign Nelson Minor Hockey grad to entry-level deal

The wait is over for Nelson's Dryden Hunt, who inked an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers Saturday. — Stephen Simon photo

It's a move that slipped under the radar as most teams focus on the pending National Hockey League trade deadline.

However, for Nelson Dryden Hunt it's a day he'll remember for years — the day the 20-year-old sniper signed a contract with an NHL team.

Sorry Leaf fans: Hawks take control of series; Border Bruins edge Rebels in OT

Leafs captain Rayce Miller checks Karsten Jang of the Hawks into the boards during third-period action of Friday night's KIJHL Murdoch Semi Final at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

For some reason the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have a way of playing just well enough and just a little bit better than the Nelson Leafs.

The Hawks squeaked out another one of those nail-biting victories Friday night at the NDCC Arena, dumping the Leafs 6-2 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final Series.

Beaver Valley can complete the sweep Saturday night in Nelson when the teams meet for Game four of the series at the NDCC Arena.

Glacier gymnasts shine south of the border

Glacier gymnasts, from left, Chloe Diotte, Kate May and Raven Sperling were all smiles after returning from the Great West Gym Fest in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. — photo courtesy Glacier Gymnastics Club

More than 40 medals and a couple of team titles . . . not bad for a north of the border gymnastics club.

Nelson’s Glacier Gymnastics Team were on fire capturing 49 medals and two team championships this past weekend at one of the top USA competitions in the Pacific Northwest.

Glacier's 26 gymnasts competed at the Great West Gym Fest in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which attracted 43 clubs from across the United States and Canada bringing the total number of competitors to 1400.

Hawks take 2-0 lead on Leafs; Bruins double Rebels 4-2 to even series

Hawks take 2-0 lead on Leafs; Bruins double Rebels 4-2 to even series

After combining for 12 goals in Game one, Beaver Valley and Nelson returned to playing grind-it-out playoff hockey during Game two of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League's Murdoch Division Semi Final Wednesday night in Fruitvale.

The problem for the Nelson Leafs, however, is the Beaver Valley Nitehawks can play any style come playoff time.

Former Leaf Nolan Percival came back to haunt his ex-mates, scoring the winning goal 59 seconds into the second frame to spark the Hawks to a 4-2 victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The series now shifts back to the NDCC Arena for Game three Friday, where the shorthanded Leafs desperately need to find a win to remain in the series.

After falling behind 4-1 during Game one, Nelson had a better opening frame Wednesday.

Goals by Eamonn Miller and a shorthanded tally by team captain Rayce Miller gave Nelson a 2-1 a brief lead midway through the opening period.

However, before the Leafs could get too comfortable, Ryan Terpsma scored a power play marker to even the count before the intermission.

Allan Pruss then scored 65 seconds after Percival's winner in the second to hand the Hawks a two-goal cushion the host squad would not relinquish as Tallon Kramer was solid between the pipes for the Hawks to register the win in goal.

Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 40-29 in the contest.

Patrick Ostermann was in goal for the Leafs.

Nelson played the game with only 16 skaters, two under the limit.

Once again the coaching staff called up three Major Midget players — Brendan Makay, Riley Swiscoski and Kaleb Comishin — to fill out the roster as injuries continue to slow the Heritage City franchise.

Hawks outlast Leafs 7-5 to grab 1-0 lead in Murdoch Semi Final

Nelson goalie Patrick Ostermann was called into to replace starter Josh Williams Tuesday night in Fruitvale during Hawks 7-5 victory. — The Nelson Daily

Kyle Hope and Dylan Heppier each scored twice to lead the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 7-5 victory over the Nelson Leafs in the opening game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Murdoch Division Semi Final Tuesday night in Fruitvale.

The Hawks take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game two Wednesday back at the Fruitvale Arena.

Hope and Heppier each scored in the opening frame as the Hawks built a 4-1 period lead and chased Leaf starting goalie Josh Williams from the game.

Regular Season Title Within Reach for Selkirk College Saints Hockey Team

Selkirk College Saints goaltender James Prigione was in top form over the weekend against the Simon Fraser University Clan. The veteran netminder was key in Friday night’s 4-3 victory and was stellar in Saturday night’s 2-1 shootout loss.

With three games remaining in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) regular season, the Selkirk College Saints hold the fate of home ice advantage for the post season in their own hands.

Coming off a pair of playoff-like contests against rival Simon Fraser University this past weekend at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, each team captured a victory which means the Saints can finish first overall in the league by closing out the season on a winning streak.