Captain Jack to the rescue as Leafs need OT to edge Braves

first_imgNelson outshot the Braves by a slim 29-26 margin as the KIJHL’s top regular season goalie Caiden Kreitz won for the first time in the playoffs. The Leafs finished one-for-two on the power play. Nelson was outstanding on the penalty kill as Spokane was zero-for-seven with the man advantage.Banner Night for LeafsPrior to the game, KIJHL Vice-President Andrew Carr presented Leafs with team and individual awards.Nelson Captain Jack Karran and Leafs Vice-President Corey Viala were presented with Murdoch Regular Season Championship Banner by Carr during a pre-game ceremony at center ice.Leaf Head Coach Mario DiBella was selected top skipper in the Murdoch Division coaches and managers in the division while Nelson goalie Caiden Kreitz won the KIJHL’s Top Goalie Award.SERIES NOTES:  Leafs presented Nelson Friends of Family with a cheque for $1,000 during pre-game ceremonies. The Nelson and Area Friends of the Family Foundation was started in 2000 as a result of local families wanting to give back to the community that helped them during their own time of crisis. . . . The KIJHL is stepping up the enforcement on the ice as the league has instituted the two-referee system for the post season. First up for the Leafs-Braves series was Ryan Blake of Nelson and Jim Maniago of Trail. . . . Defending KIJHL Champion Kimberley Dynamiters, Fernie Ghostriders, Kelowna Chiefs, Revelstoke Grizzlies, 100 Mile House Wranglers and Princeton Possse all grabbed 1-0 leads in their respective best-of-seven series on opening night of playoffs. All series resume Wednesday, including the first game of the Beaver Valley-Grand Forks series. Ice time booking delayed the first game of the Hawks-Bruins series.KIJHL Vice-President Andrew Carr (left) presents Leafs Vice-President Corey Viala and team captain Jack Karran with the Murdoch Division Regular season banner during pre-game ceremony Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena. Leafs skipper Mario DiBella was presented with the Murdoch Division Coach Award by Andrew Carr (left) and Leaf VP Corey Viala.Leaf goalie Caiden Kreitz receives the KIJHL Top Netminder Award from KIJHL VP Andrew Carr Tuesday prior to the start of the Nelson-Spokane Playoff game. During playoffs, nothing comes easy.Case in point — the first game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division Semi Final between Nelson and Spokane.Nelson enters the post season 30 points better than the Braves after the regular season. However, it was the Green and White needing a late game rally to edge the Braves 3-2 in overtime during Game one of the Murdoch Division Semi-Final Playoff Series Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.Captain Jack Karran scored twice, including OT winner, to pace the Leafs past the pesky Braves.Game two of the best-of-seven series goes Wednesday back in Nelson with the series shifting to Spokane for Games three and four, Friday and Saturday.Tuesday’s opener was a continuation of Saturday’s regular season finale at the NDCC Arena, where both teams struggled against tight checking. Reid Wilson gave the home side a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes after scoring late in the middle frame with Nelson on the power play.However, that lead was quickly erased in the third as Bear Hughes scored twice in a three-minute span to put the visitors ahead. That’s when Captain Jack went to work, combining with Kaleb Comishin and Cole Wyatt to tie the game.During the extra period, Nelson’s big line of Karran, Wyatt and Shawn Campbell combined to put the winner past Spokane netminder Campbell Arnold.last_img read more

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Daniel, Spickes Earn Southland Men’s Track and Field Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian junior sprinter Rosen Daniel and Central Arkansas freshman pole vaulter Daniel Spickes were named Southland Conference Men’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Honorable Mention: Cass Brown-Stewart, Stephen F. Austin; Connor Ryan, Central Arkansas. Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Daniel Spickes, Central ArkansasSpickes broke UCA’s record in the pole vault this past weekend at the Southern Illinois Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. The Rogers, Ark. (Rogers Heritage H.S.), native recorded a vault of 16 feet and 3.50 inches (4.97 meters) for a second place finish among a field of 12 competitors. Spickes mark broke the previous school record of 4.87 meters and helped the Bears claim a second place finish out of seven teams at the invitational. Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Rosen Daniel, Abilene ChristianDaniel posted the fastest times this year in the Southland indoor season over the weekend at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic in Albuquerque, recording altitude-adjusted 200-meter and 400-meter marks of 21.27 and 46.89 for fourth and second place, respectively. The Castries, St. Lucia, native also came in fifth in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:12.79. Daniel moved up to third among ACU’s all-time top performers with his 400m time and his 200m mark was the second fastest in ACU indoor history. The junior Coppin State transfer’s 4x400m relay posted the 10th fastest time in ACU indoor history.center_img Honorable Mention: Trey Darty, Stephen F. Austin. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the athletes of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own student-athlete. To receive honorable mention, an athlete must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

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