In both games Nelson’s previous rock-solid defence surrendered a lead.Saturday, two goals in a span of three minutes early in the third period — Sean Collins on a power play and Adam Shaner — erased a 3-1 deficit for Spokane, forcing overtime.Nelson had built a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes as Linden Horswill, with a pair, and Travis Wellman scored.Hayden Boring had given Spokane a brief 1-0 lead in the first before Horswill tied the game 31 seconds later.Nelson out shot the Braves 38-32 as Leaf goalie Brad Rebagliati suffered his first loss of the season since coming to the Heritage City franchise from Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL.Friday, Nelson and Princeton played a seasaw affair with each team holding leads a different times of the game.However, once again it was the Leafs not being able to play with the lead as, holding a 5-4 advantage and on the power play, Nelson goalie Tyler Moffat served up a gift Destin Robinson of the Posse kindly desposited in the home net for the game-tying marker.Suidy then quickly ended the contest with his seeing-eye shot past Moffat 43 seconds into the extra period.The Leafs have little time to rest their wounded ego as the Green and White travel to Creston for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Eddie Mountain leading Thunder Cats.LEAF NOTES: Nelson Minor Hockey grad Linden Horswill is doing his best to erase the memory of Jamie Vlanich leaving the Leafs for Langley of the BCHL as the new-first-line center has eight points — including five in the two weekend losses — in four games. . . . Leaf winger Travis Wellman continues to burn up the league, finishing the two home game with six points, including his league-leading 28 goals. . . . Nelson added 18-year-old Nick Landry from the Kamloops Storm to the lineup for the weekend. Landry, 6’2″ 220 pound winger was released by the Storm after playing 11 games. . . . Nelson called up Austin Tambellini and Trevor Van Steinburg from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League for Friday’s game. Can you spell “Trap Weekend”?I knew you could.The Nelson Leafs saw it coming, talked about it in practice during meeting day earlier int the week but could do nothing about it as two lower seeded teams in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stole a pair of overtime wins over the top team in the entire league.Kyle Davis scored with 24 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to power the Spokane Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Leafs Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Friday, a picture-perfect shot to the top corner of the net by Princeton Posse forward Devan Suidy shocked the Leafs 6-5.Despite the two losses, Nelson has yet to lose in regulation time this season.
The Nelson Leafs look to snap out of a five-game losing streak Thursday night in the Sunflower City when the Green and White plays the Castlegar Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The skid comes as the Leafs struggle with injuries as well as a host of suspensions following an October 26 line brawl against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.“You never want to get into a situation like this, but I think it’s good that everything is happening at this stage of the season,” said Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt.“Because it gives some of the guys who are working their way into the lineup a chance to show the coaches what they can do.”“We’ve got a good hockey team here,” Hunt added, “and it’s still early enough in the season where we can turn this around.” Nelson enters the weekend in third spot in the Murdoch Division, two points behind Grand Forks Border Bruins but only two in front of the Rebels.Beaver Valley leads the division but eight points over Grand Forks after putting together a 10-game winning streak.“We’ve got a real good team here,” said Hunt, second in Leafs scoring to teammate Dale Howell. “I just think we need everybody to just play their roles, and if we do that, you’re going to start to see a very improved team.”Castlegar has won three straight games to climb back into the running in the Murdoch Division.The Rebels have turned the season around scoring 21 times in the past three games. Leading the onslaught is forward Logan Styler who rang up eight points during the stretch to move into second overall in KIJHL scoring with 31 points.Sunday, Nelson concludes the weekend with an afternoon tilt in Spokane against the Braves.ICE CHIPS: Leaf center Ryan Piva saw his first action at the Junior A level when the Trail native suited up for West Kelowna Warriors Sunday in BC Hockey League action against Prince George. . . . The Leafs traded forward Kolten Nelson to Comox of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League for future considerations. Nelson joins teammate Cleary Ambrose, who was moved to the Island squad earlier this season.