Leaf coach Frank Maida will make a few changes to the lineup as the rookie skipper looks to finalize the roster for the upcoming season.The Leafs open the KIJHL season Friday, Sept. 16 against the same Rebels in Castlegar. Puck drops at 7:30 p.mNelson’s home opener goes Saturday, Sept. 17 at the NDCC Arena against the Rebels. email@example.com The Castlegar Rebels continued its success over the Nelson Leafs, albeit in the exhibition season, doubling the Green and White 6-3 Wednesday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the Complex in the Sunflower City.The game was the first of the two-game, home-and-home preseason series between the two West Kootenay rivals.The back end of the series goes Thursday in the Heritage City at the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m.
It’s only October, but we have a good old fashion showdown in the Murdoch Division of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Division-leading Nelson Leafs play host to second-place Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first meeting of the season between the two West Kootenay combatants Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.“It’s exciting the guys are starting to believe, but this will be a good test for us,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida.Both teams enter the contest on a roll to start the KIJHL season.Nelson has won five consecutive games after losing two of its first three — the second setback coming in overtime to Kelowna.In the Beaver Valley, the Hawks, under the guidance of seasoned KIJHL veteran coach Terry Jones, have lost just once in six games and sit only three points behind the Leafs in Murdoch Division standings.“Beaver Valley is a strong, disciplined coached team,” said Maida of the upcoming clash.“Terry (Jones) has been around the league a long time and it looks like he has his team playing very well.”Snipers Ryan Edwards and Chris Derochie along with 16-year-old rookie Craig Martin lead Beaver Valley in scoring.All three players have more points this season than the top scorer on the Leafs, Matti Jmaeff.Last season Beaver Valley dominated the Leafs, winning the season firstname.lastname@example.org
With the beginning of the Santa Anita Park autumn meet closing in, Thoroughbreds once again took to the Santa Anita dirt track for morning workouts.Champion race mare, Beholder, was once again on-track before the sun. The all-star is currently slated to run in Saturday’s Zenyatta Stakes at Santa Anita. American Pharoah would make his appearance a short time later, jogging the track in the early morning sunlight.BeholderAmerican Pharoah