Leafs pound Nitehawks to take over top spot in Murdoch Division

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs took over first place in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League by slamming the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 10-3 in action Tuesday night in Fruitvale.The Leafs took a 2-0 lead three minutes into the game and never looked back.Nelson led 5-1 after one frame and 7-2 after two periods.Aaron Dunlap, Colton Schell, Damin Devlin, James Sorrey and Greg Nickel led the Leafs assault, each with three points.Sorrey and Devlin scored twice with Nickel, Seth Schmidt, Kevin Bow, Dunlap, Schell and Jacob Boyzuck adding singles. Brad Gaboury, former Leaf Walker Sidoni and Luke Reimer replied for the Hawks.Brent Soles was outstanding between the pipes for Nelson, facing 46 shots as the Hawks tried to run the Leafs right out of the building.Zac Perehudof started in goal for Beaver Valley, but was chased after former Hawk Boyczuk scored on the power play — one of three on the night by the Leafs.The win was the third straight for the Leafs against Murdoch Division opponents.Nelson, improving to 9-5-1, now leads idle Castlegar Rebels by two points in the Murdoch Division.However, the Leafs have played one more game than the Rebels and two more than Beaver Valley.The Leafs now travel to Grand Forks Thursday before hosting Kamloops Storm Saturday at the NDCC  Arena.Beaver Valley plays in Grand Forks Friday before hosting Columbia Valley Rockies Sunday in an afternoon tilt as the Hawks Nest.ICE CHIPS: Leaf captain Colton Schell has been on fire of late, totalling nine points in the past four games to move into third place in KIJHL scoring, two points behind the leaders. . . . After scoring 10 times in the opening 10 games, rookie Colton McCarthy has scored once in the past five games.last_img

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