By The Nelson Daily SportsColton Dachwitz had three points to lead the short-handed Nelson Bantam Reps to a 6-1 victory over Spokane during minor hockey action Friday at the Civic Centre Arena.Nelson made it two straight Saturday over the visiting Lilac City squad posting a 6-3 win.Friday, Nelson led 2-1 after one frame before exploding for three goals in the second period.Brandon Sookro, with two goals and Sawyer Hunt, converting a penalty shot, also scored for the Reps.”We had two Bantam affiliate players, Liam Butterfield and Cole Sutherland, play with us in light of the fact that we had several sick or injured players,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt, pleased with the play of the two call ups.Saturday, Sookro led the Nelson charge with a pair of goals. Nelson once again broke open a close game with a three-goal explosion in the third period.Dashwitz and Sam Weber also scored for Nelson. Adam Maida was outstanding between the pipes, registering wins in both games. Brayden Pompu, Nelson’s other goalie, missed the weekend due to injury.The Reps are back on the ice this weekend with a pair of games, Friday, 6 p.m. at the NDCC Arena, and Saturday 11 a.m. in the Civic Centre, against rival [email protected]
It was “return the favour time” for the Nelson Leafs.After being shutout in the last meeting between the two teams, Leaf netminder Brett Soles picked up his mates with a 21-save performance to lead Nelson to a 3-0 victory over rival Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The two teams play the back half of the home-and-home series Saturday in Castlegar.Game time is 7:30 p.m. in the Castlegar Complex.There is much difference between the two teams this season.The teams are tied at 1-1-1 in three games this season while Nelson has outscored the Rebels 8-6 in the set. Friday, Castlegar held a 14-13 advantage in shots after two periods before Colton McCarthy and Matthew Naka scored less than two minutes apart in the third to give Soles all the offence he would need.The goal by McCarthy, his tenth of the season to lead the Leafs, came on the power play.The former Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget League stacked the pads the rest of the contest to give Nelson its first win of the season against its Murdoch rivals and move the Leafs into a second-place tie in the division.Soles earned the game’s first star for his 21-save, rock-solid, performance.Connor Beauchamp, who also had a strong game between the pipes, took the loss for Castlegar.Jacob Boyczuk, a force on the body all game long, added an empty net marker to secure the win.Castlegar lost team leader Erik Alden in the first period when the Rebel defenceman took exception to a hit by Leaf rearguard Kevin Bow, squaring off with the Nelson player late in the first period.GAME NOTES: Nelson welcomed back defenceman Blake Arcuri to the roster after the local product missed the first nine games of the season. . . .The return of Arcuri was good news for a Nelson team missing a few defenceman due to injury. Once again forward Linden Horswill was moved back to the bluelines to help the cause. Both Leaf defencmen, Cole Arcuri and Cam Weir, missed the game due to injury.
The Nelson and District Community Complex was a beehive of activity this past weekend as midget-aged hockey players attended camps for the Female AAA Kootenay Wildcats and the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League.Both camps, attracting players from throughout the Kootenay region, opened Friday before concluding Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Head coach Rob Wright is returning for his second season with the Kootenay Ice. Wright replaced Mario DiBella before the season started in 2013 for the Ice team that allows elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.The BC Major Midget winner has the opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.The Ice are one of 11 teams in the Major Midget League.Meanwhile Cary Fisher is back as skipper of the Wildcats, which plays in the six-team Female Midget AAA Hockey League.The other teams are Fraser Valley Phantom, Northern Cougars, Thompson Okanagan Lakers, Vancouver Island Hurricanes and West Coast Avalanche.The 2014 – 2015 FMAAA League will be entering its seventh season as the top female league in the province. The league has seen over 50 graduating players continue on to CIS, NCAA or ACAC opportunities.