By The Nelson Daily SportsThe highly successful Co-Ed Indoor Soccer Tournament during the Christmas Holiday break is back at the Soccer Quest facility in the old Civic Centre Children’s rink in Nelson.The tourney is set for December 28 & 29 and is open to ladies over 30 and men over 35 years of age.Each team is guaranteed four, 50-minute games minimum. Each team must have at least two females on the pitch at one time.Cost is $350 per team of $40 for individual players, who will then be dispersed onto teams. Registration deadline is December 20th at Soccer Quest. There are prizes to the winning team.Calling all Masters PlayersPrior to the Co-Ed event is the Men’s Master’s One-day Holiday Tourney on Thursday, December 23. The tournament is open to the first four teams entered. The tourney runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $100 per team.For more information or to register go to soccerquest.ca or call 352-GOAL.email@example.com
Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebration by naming the rink Team of the Week.The rink now represents the zone at the BC Senior Men’s Championships February 17-22 in Port Alberni. The Myron Nichol rink of Castlegar took the longest way possible to capturing the Senior Men’s Kootenay Playdowns Sunday in Kimberley.The team of Nichol, third Bill Van Yzerloo and second Gary Beaudry and lead Barry Marsh, both of Nelson, defeated the Ken McHargue rink twice — in the B final and A-B final — to claim the title.
Not much rust on those boots.The Nelson Youth Soccer U16 Girls came out of the starting gates a blazing to capture the gold medal at the Kelowna Icebreaker Tournament over the Easter weekend.The Selects finished the tournament with a 4-0 round-robin record, out scoring the opponents 12-0 during the round robin before knocking off Vernon United 2-1 in the Championship Final. Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the Championship Weekend with Team of the Week honours.Members of the team include, Bella Guderyan, Anna Milde, Julia Burkart, Emily Taylor, Jodi Surina, Mimi Lockhurst, Lucy Fox, Ali D’Odorico, Ashley Hall, Sophia Arcuri, Hanna Quinn, Allison Bendis and Shianne Michalchuk. Coach of the team is Paul Burkart.
There was a different team with the game played at a different site, but the result was the same.The Nelson Leafs lost for the sixth consecutive time Thursday night in the Sunflower City, falling to the Castlegar Rebels 4-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The loss drops the Leafs into a third-place tie with the Rebels, which have won four straight after struggling out of the starting gates this season.During the losing skid Nelson has struggled to score goals, despite out shooting the opposition on many occasions. The Leafs currently sit sixth overall in goals scored in the KIJHL.Thursday against the West Kootenay rivals, Nelson out shot the Rebels 21-7 in the opening frame, but trailed 2-1 on the scoreboard at the period intermission. Logan Styler, 19 seconds into the game, and Everett Hicks, near the conclusion of the period sandwiched goals around a marker by Leafs Jordan Unger to give the hometown squad the early lead.After a scoreless second period, Brandon Costa increased the margin to 3-1 in the third.Mason Mullaney cut the lead to 3-2 with a goal four minutes remaining in the period.But any comeback was halted when Chance Szott scored into an empty net for Castlegar.Nelson out shot the Rebels 47-28 but had trouble beating Castlegar game star Jason Mailhiot in the opposition nets.Devin Allen, falling to 3-5 on the season, was in goal for Nelson.In contrast while Nelson continues to struggle, the rest of the Murdoch Division keeps on winning, including the next opponent, the Spokane Braves.The two Murdoch rivals hook up Sunday in the Lilac City with the Braves currently only eight points back of the Leafs.Next home game for Nelson is Saturday, November 26 against the Grand Forks Border Bruins.
To say female soccer in the Kootenays would be the understatement of the year.Three teams from the Kootenay Whitecaps program cooked with the big dogs during a showcase tournament over the weekend in Seattle, Wash. “The soccer and the style that these players played with was amazing the watch,” said Bret Adams, Associate Head Coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps Kootenay program.”The development that the whitecaps coaching has given the players in the last 3 years is starting to show.”The Kootenay U16 squad finished the weekend tourney with three draws and one loss.The U17 squad finished the event unbeaten with two wins and two draws.The U18 Girls won twice, losing once and scoring a draw.The teams consist of players from Nelson, Cranbrook, Trail, Castlegar, Invermere, Grand forks, Fernie and Kimberley.
Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt is no stranger to hockey teams having a helmet or hard-hat of some kind to present to the squad’s hardest working player following each Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game.However, the veteran winger was still impressed when Nelson Fire Rescue Chief Len MacCharles walked into the Leaf dressing prior to the team’s season opening game to present head coach Mario DiBella with a fire helmet from the Heritage City Hall.“I think the firefighter helmet is a great idea,” said Hunt. “It’s always something fun to do after the game.”“I feel the helmet pushes you to play a better game as it goes to the hardest working player and the guy that contributes most of the team success,” he added.MacCharles believes firefighting is like sports teams in that both bodies must work together and find the right chemistry.Plus, firefighting and hockey both have leaders, which is the reason for making the presentation the Leafs Hockey team. MacCharles presented the helmet to head coach DiBella in the dressing room before the home opener Friday.“The helmet is our new tradition and it will bring the team closer together with every win,” Hunt said.Netminder Josh Williams was the inaugural winner, stopping all 38 shots for a 1-0 victory over Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Against Kimberley, it was winger Justin Podgorenko getting to wear the helmet for inspiring the Leafs with a third-period tussle against Luke Recchi of the Dynamiters.The person wearing the helmet will select the next person he believes exemplifies leadership and hard work on the ice and in the dressing room game.Wullum, Bladon out of lineup due to injuryLeaf GM Lance Morey said Nelson is mostly healthy at the Green and White play host to Fernie Ghostriders, Friday, and Columbia Valley Rockies, Saturday, at the NDCC Arena.Morey said only Logan Wullum and Michael Bladon are out of the lineup nursing injuries.Last week Ryan Cooper and Troy Glionna missed Friday’s opener after their inter-branch transfers were not completed in time for the game.Both players were in the lineup Saturday against Kimberley.Both Fernie and Columbia Valley struggles in week one of the KIJHL season, with only the Ghostriders able to accumulate a point in two games while the Rockies lost both contests.Early-season scoring woesNelson hopes to break out of an early-season scoring slump against the two Eddie Mountain Division teams.In two games, Nelson has scored just one goal in each contest — with forward David Sanchez leading the team in points with two.
Friday, in Chase, the Leafs failed to hold a 5-3 lead as the Heat scored twice in the third period to force overtime.Shawn Campbell, Kalem Hanlon, Tyler Nypower, Easton Jolie and David Sanchez scored for Nelson. Logan Wullum added two assists for Nelson.Evan Vinterlik led Chase with a pair of goals with singles going to Cam Watson, Cody Allen and Gavin Mattey.Chase outshot Nelson 43-39.Nelson returns to the NDCC Arena Saturday to host the Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m.Nitehawks skipper Terry Jones closes in on 1,000 winsBeaver Valley head coach Terry Jones, closing in 1,000 wins in the KIJHL, is going to have to wait a few more games to reach the milestone.The 52-year-old skipper, with 998 wins — 759 regular season and 239 playoff victories — saw the Hawks lost 2-1 to Kimberley Friday before playing Castlegar to a 3-3 tie Saturday.Beaver Valley hosts Spokane Tuesday at the Hawks’ Nest and Grand Forks Saturday.Under the guidance of Jones, the Beaver Valley teams have won 11 Neil Murdoch Division titles, eight KIJHL championships, four Cyclone Taylor Cups, and a Keystone Cup. Nelson Leafs snapped a four-game winless streak Saturday in 100 Mile House by stopping the hometown Wranglers 3-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.Friday, in Chase, Nelson played the Heat to a 5-5 tie.The three-point road trip keeps Nelson on top of the Murdoch Division, eight points ahead of second-place Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Easton Jolie scored twice for the Leafs while Reid Vulcano, an affiliate call-up from Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna, added a single.Hunter Young, playing his second game with the Leafs, lost a shutout bid late in the third period when Harley Bootsma scored on the power play. Nelson outshot the Wranglers 36-30. Young earned Nelson’s Firefighter of the Game honour.The Leafs played Saturday’s game minus a few players. Missing from the roster were Ryan Piva, Kaleb Comishin, Shawn Campbell, Dylan Rantucci, Scott Lancaster, Tyson Soobotin, Brady Miller and Caiden Kreitz.