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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.

Saints rock Eagles to move to within a point of top spot

Connor McLaughlin combined with linemates Beau Taylor and Scott Swiston to power Selkirk to a sweep of Eastern Washington. — The Nelson Daily photo

The Selkirk College Saints rang up 17 goals on Eastern Washington netminders en route to a sweep of two B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League games.

The line of Beau Taylor, Connor McLaughlin and Scott Swiston did much of the damage for the Saints Saturday, combining for five goals and 11 points to spark the Saints to a convincing 10-1 shellacking in Cheney, Wash.

Friday, the Saints staked the Eagles to a 1-0 lead before roaring back to score seven straight to score a 7-1 victory in Castlegar.

Boundary Dog Sled Races day one

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With beautiful weather, plenty of competitors and hundreds of spectators, the Boundary Dog Sled Classics can only be deemed a success. 

The Boundary Dog Sled races were a sprint-edition this year compared to the long-distance races held in previous years. This allowed spectators to watch almost the entire race, making it a big draw for locals looking for something to do last weekend.

GFBB nearly slip a win past the league's toughest team

GFBB nearly slip a win past the league's toughest team

The Grand Forks Border Bruins' home game against Beaver Valley Nitehawks on Jan. 19 was a fast-pace, exciting game. The Nitehawks kept the lead and overtook the Bruins 7-5.

Before the first puck had been dropped, Bruins' Brandon Savaia received a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. 

The first goal of the game was scored by Nitehawks' Dallas Calvin with 16:27 on the clock. 

Leafs, Hawks win as Murdoch Division race remains close

Leaf forward Nolan Percival misses the goal-mouth tip during second period action of Nelson's 9-0 shellacking Friday at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Nelson Leafs kept pace with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the race to the top of the Neil Murdoch Division by putting an good old-fashioned whipping on the Castlegar Rebels in KIJHL action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.

Final score: 9-0 Leafs.

Former Rebel Jamie Vlanich finished with five points, including three goals, to lead the Leafs.

Linemate Alec Wilkinson added four points with two goals while Travis Wellman also scored twice.

Adam Hodge and Darnell St. Pierre added singles.

Nelson's Pat Price selected to B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame

Pat Price, seen here giving teammate Wayne Gretzky a congratulating tap on the helmet, is off to the BC Hockey Hall.

The worst kept secret is now official as the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2014 was announced Thursday.

And on the list is Nelson Minor Hockey grad Pat Price.

"This is absolutely fantastic," Price said moments after leaving the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame press conference at Rogers Arena in Nelson.

"It's always something you aspire to be recognized and to be selected to a Hall of Fame you can't ask for anything more than that."