Leafs snap two-game slide by thumping Grand Forks 7-2

first_imgBut a power play goal by Luke Jones followed by Hayden Pasacreta’s first goal of the season less than two minutes later tied the contest at 2-2.In the second the Leafs responded to a lively pep talk during the intermission to throw 23 shots at the Grand Forks net.The result saw Nelson score three times as Colton McCarthy, Cam Weir and Bryce Nielsen on the power play gave the hosts a 5-2 advantage after 40 minutes.In the third, Boyczuk and Colton Schell with one second remaining in the game concluded the Leafs scoring. Nelson finished the game out shooting the Bruins 50-21.Brett Soles had an easy time in the Nelson net to earn the win.Robert Dunsmuir started the game before being relieved by Dominic Stadnyk after injuring his hand.The win moved Nelson up the Murdoch standings to within two points of idle Castlegar Rebels.Castlegar hosts Sicamous Eagles Sunday in the Sunflower City.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs boarded a bus following Saturday’s game for Spokane in preparation for Sunday’s afternoon tilt . . .. The goal by Colton McCarthy is his team-leading 11th of the season. Only Brendan Burge of Fernie has scored more times — 12 . . ..Nelson defenceman Cole Arcuri missed the game due to an upper body injury. . . . North Okanagan Knight won its second game on the Murdoch road trip edging Beaver Valley Nitehawks 3-1. For the second consecutive game the Nelson Leafs struggled in the first period.But this was the Grand Forks Border Bruins Nelson was playing are not the North Okanagan Knights.The Leafs overcame the slow start, scoring five times in the final two frames to dump the lowly Bruins 7-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snaps a two-game slide for the Leafs.Nelson concludes the three-game weekend with a game Sunday afternoon in Spokane.“It was good but we struggled again in the first period,” said Leaf winger Jacob Boyczuk, named the game’s first star.“We got it going in the second but have to start better.”Matti Jmaeff and Seth Schmidt staked the Leafs to the 2-0 lead nine minutes through the opening period.last_img

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