Schmidt’s four-point night leads Leafs past Riders 6-2

first_imgJames Sorrey finished the game with three assists while Willans and Horswill each had two points.Newcomer Marcus Beesley was solid in the Nelson nets, making key saves when he had to, as the visitors out shot the Riders 56-20.The Leafs, playing its first of a five-game road trip, is in Castlegar Sunday afternoon to face the Rebels.Game time at the Castlegar Arena Complex is 2 p.m.Nitros Mitchell too hot to handle for HawksMatthew Mitchell stopped all but one shot to lead Kimberley past Beaver Valley 3-1 in the Bavarian City.Kimberley scored a goal in each period — Sam Nig, Brett Luker and Matt Barzilay — to beat the Hawks.Beaver Valley out shot the Nitros 36-28 but only Dan Holland could beat Mitchell.The teams play a return match Saturday in Fruitvale. Out with the old and in with the new is the new motto for the Nelson Leafs.The Leafs forgot about 2012’s New Year’s Eve debacle against Beaver Valley in a big way, riding a four-point night from defenceman Seth Schmidt to bounce Eddie Mountain power Fernie Ghostriders 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the East Kootenay City.The win increased Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to four points over Castlegar and six ahead of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Beaver Valley lost 3-1 Friday in Kimberley.Schmidt opened the scoring 37 seconds into the game and Nelson never looked back.Dallon Stoddart and Carsen Willans increased the lead to 3-0 before Dylan Robertson scored on the power play late in the second period to give the home side some life.Fernie cut the margin to 3-2 early in the third on a Dylan Rota power play marker before the Leafs halted any comeback attempts with three goals — Linden Horswill, Connor Gross, with his second since arriving in Nelson from Grand Forks, and Schmidt — three-minutes span.last_img

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