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Castlegar's Patrick Zubick named as year's top goalie by SIJHL

Photo credit: Gary Moskalyk

The Superior International Junior Hockey League announced Wednesday that Castlegar’s Patrick Zubick, now with the Dryden GM Ice Dogs, has been named the SIJHL’s top goaltender for the 2016-17 season.

Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

Hawks one win from KIJHL Final after edging Nitros 4-1

Beaver Valley bounced back from its first loss of the playoffs to score an important 4-1 road victory over host Dynamiters Tuesday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference playoff action in Kimberley.

The win gives the Nitehawks a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five Kootenay Conference Final.

Game four is Wednesday in Kimberley.

If necessary, the series will play the deciding Game five Friday in Fruitvale.

Tied 1-1, Beaver Valley took over the game with a pair of second period goals by Tyler Hartman and team captain Sam Swanson.

Using the Free Ride Ski Bus? Take note!

Rossland's Free ride bus looks a lot like this these days.

Tourism Rossland has reduced the operating hours of the Free Ride Ski Bus for the remainder of the ski season.  As of March 20,  the last bus leaves downtown Rossland at 6:30 pm, and the last bus from Red Mountain Resort leaves at 7:00 pm.

Greater Vancouver ousts Kootenay Wild from playoffs

Greater Vancouver now meets Northern Capitals in the league final.

Despite finishing more than 20 points behind in regular season standings, the Kootenay Wild gave Greater Vancouver Comets everything they could handle before losing two straight in semi final action of the BC Hockey Female AAA League Playoffs.

The Comets squeaked out a pair of one-goal victories to sweep the Wild 2-0 in the best-of-three playoff this past weekend in Coquitlam.

The Coments opened with a 2-1 victory Friday as Jenn Gardiner scored the winner less than a minute into the third period.

KIJHL mourns loss of former star Brendan Burge

“We as an organization are so deeply affected by the passing of this young man and would like to pass on our condolences to his family, his beautiful daughter Bodene and his hockey family that spans far and wide,” the Rockies Facebook Post said.

The entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is morning the loss of a former player following a freak accident Friday in Kelowna.

Former Columbia Valley Rockies forward Brendan Burge has been identified on social media as the man who died tragically after falling from the fifth-floor balcony of a downtown Kelowna condo. 

“A very sad day for the KIJHL,” said a post Sunday on the Columbia Valley Rockies Facebook Page.

Nitros even Kootenay Conference series with 3-2 win over Nitehawks

Beaver Valley lost its first game of the playoffs Saturday, and now face a must-win situation on the road beginning Tuesday against Kimberley. — The Nelson Daily photo

After coasting through the Murdoch Division, winning eight straight, and the first game of the Kootenay Conference series, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks now face some adversity against the Kimberley Dynamiters.

The Nitros scored a much-needed road victory, edging the Hawks 3-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Conference Playoff action Saturday in Fruitvale.

The win evens the best-of-seven Kootenay Conference Final at 1-1 with Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday, in the Bavarian City.

Hard works pays off as Nelson's Reece Hunt lands hockey scholarship to Bemidji State University

Reece Hunt has had a great season playing for the Kootenay Wild, scoring 16 goals and 15 assists in 29 games. — Submitted photo

The future looks so bright for Nelson’s Reece Hunt that this elite female hockey player had better zip down to the nearest sunglass outlet to pick up a nice pair of shades.

Hunt, who has been burning up the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey League with the Kootenay Wild this season, recently accepted a full-ride scholarship to NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in Minnesota beginning in 2019-20.

“Bemidji is a great school so I was really excited,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily recently.

Saints 'Drive for Five' comes to sudden end

The Selkirk College Saints season came to an end on the weekend after the Trinity Western University Spartans won the semi-final series 2-0. Ryan Edwards (seen here) and the Saints were gunning for a fifth straight BCIHL championship. (photo courtesy Scott Stewart/Trinity Western University). — Selkirk College photo

The Trinity Western University Spartans snapped a historic British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) streak on Friday night, scoring a 6-1 victory over the Selkirk College Saints to secure the semi-final series sweep.

The Saints entered the BCIHL post-season with four straight championship titles and looking to complete a fifth.

The Spartans put a kink in the plan Thursday night when they opened the series with a 4-1 win at Langley’s George Preston Recreation Centre and followed it up with the series clincher the next night.

Future looks bright as Junior curlers take over Nelson club

There were 11 teams competing at the weekend Junior Curling Bonspiel in Nelson. — Submitted photo

 The future of curling in the West Kootenay was on display at the Nelson Curling Club this past weekend as 11 teams from throughout the zone competed in the annual Junior Bonspiel.

Teams from Trail, Rossland, Castlegar and host Nelson played four-end games in two divisions, the Junior division for new curlers and the Intermediate division for more experienced players.

The Junior division was won by the Thatcher team from Rossland, followed by the Mailey and Helgesen teams from Trail.

Selkirk College Saints Set for League Semi-Final Series

Austin Wells and the Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team split a weekend series with the Eastern Washington University Eagles as they closed out the BCIHL regular season. The defending champions will head to Langley this weekend to take on the Trinity Western University Spartans in the league semi-final starting Friday. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College Saints

The Selkirk College Saints start defence of their British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship title on Thursday in Langley against the Trinity Western University Spartans in a best-of-three semi-final series.

The Saints have won four straight BCIHL championships and will be looking to make more history in the next couple weeks with a fifth title. If they are to be successful, the third-place Saints will need to conquer teams that finished higher in the regular season standings.

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