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Ice, Cougars split weekend series in Nelson

The Kootenay Ice gained a weekend split against the Cariboo Cougars of Prince George. — The Nelson Daily photo

If the Kootenay Ice had a point for every game the club let slip away, well, the Ice would be probably battling for a playoff spot instead of fighting to stay out of the BC Major Midget Hockey League cellar.

Cariboo Cougars scored three power play goals en route to a 4-2 victory Sunday over the Ice at the Civic Centre in Nelson.

The Ice had a great chance to sweep the series after rallying to score four unanswered goals Saturday to edge the Cougars 4-1 at the NDCC Arena.

The weekend split keeps the Ice in last place in the standings with a 5-22-5 record.

Saints ink Leafs sniper Jamie Vlanich to commitment letter for next season

Hockey fans have the luxury of seeing playmaking Jamie Vlanich for a few more seasons after the Trail native committed to Selkirk Saints for next season. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Nelson Leafs head coach Frank Maida probably felt he had been struck by lightning when he heard top goal scorer Jamie Vlanich was leaving the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club for the Selkirk College Men's Hockey program.

Maida can breathe a sigh of relief knowing Vlanich is going to the Saints, but not until the start of the 2014-15 season.

Saints head coach Jeff Dubois made the announcement Monday that the Trail native is committing to Saints beginning in the 2014/15 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

GFBB play neck and neck game against the Coyotes

GFBB play neck and neck game against the Coyotes

The Grand Forks Border Bruins’ Jan. 22 game at home ice against the Osoyoos Coyotes was a well played perfectly match game. It was so well played, that the results were a coin toss.  But as things go, eventually someone grasps the upper edge and this time it was the Coyotes. They won the toss with a score of six to Bruins’ five.

Castlegar team gives gift of hockey Stateside, takes win in home province #Kraft Hockeyville

Front Row  - Left to right: Kyler Hilderman, Rory Walton, Christian Barlow, Alek McMillan, Jake Pottle. Middle Row – Nate LaBerge, Felix McMillan, Kody Babakaiff, Trevor Saprikin, Ely Overennay, Brayden Biln, Katy Perepolkin. Back row (coaches) Ian McMillan, Tyler Bell, Chris Barlow, Pat Biln

The Castlegar Bantam House Vikings (ages 13 and 14) are proving there is more than one way to show winning spirit – first, by sharing their love of the sport with our neighbours south of the border and second, by beating out the rival Trail Warriors to take home the championship from the 2014 South Okanagan Bantam House Tournament.

It all began at the very start of the year, when Castlegar was gearing up (literally and figuratively) to participate in Castlegar Minor Hockey Week.

Castlegar's Brewer sinks Leafs 6-5 in OT

The Castlegar Rebels were all smiles after upsetting Nelson 6-5 in overtime Wednesday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The question before Wednesday's Kootenay International Junior Hockey League clash between West Kootenay rivals Nelson and Castlegar was which Leaf team would show up.

Well, Leaf fans were happy to see the Green and White squad of old take to the ice at the NDCC Arena.

The problem for Nelson was, so did the defending KIJHL champs from Castlegar.

The Rebels, still smarting from a 9-0 drubbing five days ago, started slow but rallied to edge the Leafs 6-5 in double overtime Wednesday in Murdoch Division action in Nelson.

Which Leaf team will show up against Castlegar?

Leafs Jamie Vlanich, now leading the entire KIJHL in scoring, filled the net last Friday against Castlegar. — Bruce Fuhr photo

Which Nelson Leafs team will show up Wednesday when the club hosts a rare mid-week Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game.

Will it be the team that totally rocked Murdoch rival Castlegar Rebels 9-zip last week?

Or will it be the so-called heavyweights of the division that played like, well, lightweights in giving up four third period goals en route to losing 5-2 to Grand Forks?

Nelson gets a chance to right the wrong of Saturday night against the Bruins when the Leafs host Castlegar at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena Wednesday.

Kootenay Ice outlast South Island to get back into win column

Kootenay Ice outlast South Island to get back into win column

The Kootenay Ice have suffered their share of losses this BC Hockey Major Midget League season.

But the Ice can boast a better record than a season ago after outlasting South Island Royals 5-4 Sunday in Major Midget action Sunday in Victoria.

Trail's Ross Armour, Kadrian Klimchuk of Castlegar and Austin Tambellini of Nelson each finished with two points to lead the Ice to the narrow victory.

Kootenay now sports a 4-21-5 record for 13 points.