The WHL lobbied to have labour laws changed to exempt players from minimum wage rules.
Three fighters from Nelson were victorious at the 10-bout card Saturday.
Howell also scored twice for Nelson in the marathon victory.
Trail overcomes 2-0 first-period deficit to pull to within one point of third-place Vipers; rematch in Trail Saturday
Penticton Minor Hockey Association is hosting a 14-team tournament, its two teams have earned a win and tie respectively.