Power play comes alive as Leafs win two straight
Nelson entered the weekend a dismal 1-for-31 with the man advantage in October.However, the Leafs scored three times against Grand Forks before adding a man-advantage marker Sunday. Dallon Stoddart and Colton Malmsten also scored in the first period before Rance Hughes cut the margin to 3-2 with a goal in the last minute of the period.Schell regained the two-goal advantage early in the second. Jesse Collins once again cut into the Nelson lead before Connor McLaughlin, back in the lineup missing a handful of games due to injury, scored his second goal in as many games.Spokane out shot the Leafs 39-29 in the contest.Saturday, team captain Taylor O’Neil, McLaughlin and Schell to jumpstart the Leafs. Rookie Adam Wheeldon and Patrick Martens also scored for the home side, which held period leads of 2-1 and 3-2.Kevin Wong and Yan Kalashnikov replied with power play goals for Grand Forks. Beesley went the distance in goal for Nelson as the Leafs out shot the Bruins 24-8.ICE CHIPS: Marcus Dahl and Gavin Currie each had two points against Spokane. . . . Currie now leads Nelson in scoring with 15 points, two ahead of Colton Schell. Dahl is third with 11. . . .Braeden Hikichi (two assists), Patrick Martens and Schell all finished Saturday’s contest with two points. . . . Veteran forward Cody Abbey, who has been on the injured list since September 17 with an upper body injury, continues to be sidelined. . . .Defencemen Raymond Reimer (injured) and Kyle Alexander also did not play this weekend. [email protected] By The Nelson Daily SportsColton Schell had three points and Marcus Beesley stopped 36 shots to pace the Nelson Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon in the Lilac City.The victory is the second in as many days for the Leafs and allows Nelson to gain a little revenge after the Braves post a 2-0 shutout the last time the teams met. Saturday, Nelson bounced Grand Forks 5-2. After Brycen Fisher opened the scoring for Spokane, Nelson exploded for three goals in a five-minute span to take a 3-1 lead.Gavin Currie got the ball rolling scoring on a revitalized power play.