first_imgNelson Leafs experienced its first setback on the 2014-15 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season Saturday at the NDCC Arena. Addison Bazian scored in overtime to give the Kamloops Storm a 5-4 victory over the Leafs.The loss was the first of the season for Nelson, which sits tied for the Murdoch Division lead with surprising Spokane Braves.A poor second period proved to be the downfall for the Leafs against the Storm as the visitors out scored Nelson 4-1 to take a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.Nelson was out shot 17-5 in the frame.The Leafs rallied to tie the game in the third on goals by defencemen Robson Cramer and Patrick Croome, his second of the game.However, the comeback was thwarted when Bazian, with his second of the game, beat  Nelson starter Adam Maida for the winning tally. Nolan Percival, with his second goal of the season, also scored for Nelson Cole Merrick, Ryan Keis and Ian Chrystal completed the Kamloops scoring. Nelson out shot the Storm 37-36 in the contest.ICE CHIPS: Nelson returns to the ice for a rare mid-week game Tuesday against Grand Forks Border Bruins. The Bruins, 2-3 on the season, are led by KIJHL scoring leaders Max Newton, with 12 points in five games. . . . Robson Cramer leads Nelson in scoring with seven points. . . . Aaron Petten of Castlegar leads the entire KIJHL in goals scored with seven.Leafs shock early-season critics by pasting Hawks 8-0Beaver Valley Nitehawks are the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champions. But that was last year.The Nelson Leafs rang up eight on those defending champs, blasting the Nitehawks 8-0 in KIJHL action Friday night at the Fruitvale Arena.Rayce Miller scored twice for the Leafs as the Green and White built up a 7-0 lead after 40 minutes with a four-spot in the second period.Matt MacDonald, Austin Linday, Blair Andrews, Cody Paivarinta, Robson Cramer and Branden Chow also scored for the Leafs.Brett Soles stopped all 26 shots to register the win in goal as Nelson out shot the Hawks 34-26.Drake Poirier, who allowed six goals, to take the loss for Beaver Valley.Carsen Schamerhorn pitched relief for Poirier midway through the second period.The Leafs take over top spot in the Murdoch Division with a 2-0-1 record, one point ahead of Grand Forks and Spokane.Beaver Valley drops to 0-2-1-1 to tie Castlegar for fourth spot in the Murdoch Division, each with two points.Nelson returns home Saturday to host the Kamloops Storm at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley travels to Spokane to face the Braves Saturday.last_img

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