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Nelson Leafs notch win at home Saturday night

The Leafs notched a home win Saturday night beating the Golden Rockets 5-1. - Kirsten Hildebrand photo
The Leafs notched a home win Saturday night beating the Golden Rockets 5-1.
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The Nelson Leafs beat Golden Rockets 5-1 on home ice Saturday night giving them a loss and a win on the weekend.

After losing to Beaver Valley Nitehawks on the road Friday night, the Leafs were back in action at home on Saturday handily taking a win over the visiting Rockets.

With Jamie Vlanich and Travis Wellman having five anf four-point nights respectively, the Leafs outshot the Rockets 15-3 in the opener.

Midway through the first period Cole Arcuri scored from Alec Wilkinson and Vlanich. A few minutes later, Vlanich would find the back of the net on the power play and it was 2-0 with Robson Cramer and Wellman getting the assist.

With a bit over five minutes left in the second, the Leafs increased their lead to 3-0 when Vlanich scored short handed from Darnel St. Pierre and Wellman.

The Rocket's lone goal of the night came on the pwoer play with 4:13 left in the second. Matt McMath scored, Tanner Watt and Travis Kelley with the helper.

Vlanich struck again a couple minutes later and made it 4-1 after 40 minutes. St.Pierre and Wellman were in on the play.

The Leafs maintained their lead througout the third and as time wound down on the game, Vlanich scored on the power play from Wellman and Cramer making it a 5-1 final.

The Nelson squad plays a home and home series with the Castlegar Rebels before the Christmas break. Starting Thursday night in Castlegar, the boys play at the NDCC on Friday. Puck drops at 7 p.m.

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