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Cougars rain on Nelson parade, feast on Leafs during Cyclone opener

Nelson Mayor John Dooley conducts the ceremonial faceoff between Leaf captain Darnel St. Pierre (right) and Mark Walton of the Victoria Cougars. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Nelson Leafs face a must win as the Cyclone Taylor Cup enters Day two Friday at the NDCC Arena.

Victoria Cougars rained on the parade of the home side, scoring five second-period goals to rout the home side 6-1 in action Thursday night before a disappointing home crowd at the NDCC Arena.

The Leafs now face archrival Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Hawks, tied with Victoria for top spot in Cyclone Taylor Cup standings, opened with a 4-1 win over Aldergrove Kodiaks.

Quick start powers Hawks to 4-1 win over Aldergrove

Hawks Brett Clark shuts the door on a wrap-around attempt by Kodiak's Spencer McHaffie during the first period of Thursday's Cyclone Taylor opener between Beaver Valley and Aldergrove at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr photo

It didn’t take the Beaver Valley Nitehawks long to get into the so-called “zone” at the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.

Riley Brandt scored 12 seconds into the game sparking the Nitehawks to a 4-1 victory over Aldergrove Kodiaks in the opening game of the four-team B.C. Junior B Hockey Championship Tournament Thursday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.

Brandt shocked the Pacific Junior Hockey League reps, firing a screened shot past surprised Kodiak starting goalie Jordan Liem on the first rush of the game.

TRAX coach accepts Swim BC opportunity

Coach Bill Park . . . off to Saskatoon for Province at the Prospects West Training Camp.

Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX) competitive Coach Bill Park ChPC has been selected by Swim BC to represent the Province at the Prospects West Training Camp April 10-13, 2014 in Saskatoon.

Coaches are selected based on the highest FINA point scoring swim in each age group and gender.

Many of the TRAX, formerly known as the Trail Winter Swim Club (TWSC), competitive swim program swimmers have scored well at both Provincial AA and AAA Championships this season.

Another Vlanich in the mix as Saints begin quest at a BCIHL three-peat

Trail product Danny Vlanich is the latest local to join the Selkirk Saints for next season. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Fresh from repeating as B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League the Selkirk Saints are putting the pieces together on making it a three-peat after getting a commitment from Trail product Danny Vlanich for the 2014-15 season.

The 6-foot-5, 215 pound blueliner joins the Saints from the British Columbia Hockey League's Surrey Eagles.

The 20-year old suited up in 29 games for Surrey this season, picking up four assists and 21 penalty minutes.

Cyclone Taylor Cup Notebook — Tickets going fast

Cyclone Taylor Cup Notebook — Tickets going fast

The Cyclone Taylor organizing committee has one message to hockey fans wanting to attend any of the upcoming B.C. Junior B Hockey Championships — get your tickets soon.

“Ticket Sales have been amazing,” said Russell Stocks, president of the Nelson Leafs and head of the Cyclone Taylor organizing committee.

“We have almost doubled our forecasted advanced ticket sales to this point with three days left to go and are expecting a sell out crowd for the evening games . . . and especially on Friday when (Nelson) hosts Beaver Valley.”

Students Celebrate First Day of Spring at -16o Celsius

Students Celebrate First Day of Spring at -16o Celsius

A group of Selkirk College Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Program students welcomed spring by spending a pair of frigid nights in the West Kootenay backcountry.

As part of an annual field trip for the program, 10 students and two instructors spent March 20 and 21 in the Selkirk Wilderness Ski tenure near Meadow Creek in order to get hands-on experience for their Backcountry Risk Analysis and Mitigation II and Commercial Recreation Management courses.

Dance partners set for Cyclone Taylor Cup

Dance partners set for Cyclone Taylor Cup

All the dance partners have now been confirmed for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup starting Thursday in the Hertiage City at the NDCC Arena.

Beaver Valley was the last team to book its ticket to the BC Hockey Junior B Final Four after the Nitehawks disposed of the Kamloops Storm in six games in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Final Friday in Fruitvale.

The other two dance partners are the Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and Aldergrove Kodiaks of the Pacific Junior Hockey League.