Jackson Zimmermann snapped a 2-2 tie with a goal at the 17-minute mark of the third period to lift the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Border Bruins Friday night at the Jack Goddard Arena in Grand Forks.
The win, the seventh consecutive win for the Leafs, increases the margin for the Green and White to 11 points in Murdoch Division standings.
Following a scoreless first period, Nelson opened the scoring in the second when Ryan Piva scored on former Leaf Quinn Yeager who was seeing action in the Grand Forks nets.
Birar Whyte tied the game on the power play for Grand Forks before the period ended.
Zane Avery gave Grand Forks its only lead of the game with a goal at the eight-minute mark of the third period.
However, Ethan Beattie tied the game for Nelson before Zimmermann, netting his eight goal of the season, scored the winner. The goals came within a three-minute span as Nelson outshot the Bruins 51-42.
Ryan Cooper and Piva each finished the game with two points to lead the Leafs in scoring.
Josh Williams registered his 12th win of the season while Yeager suffered his second loss for Grand Forks. Yeager was in goal for a 3-0 setback to Spokane.
Nelson returns home to face Castlegar Rebels Saturday at the NDCC Arena.
Game time is 7 p.m.
The game is only the second time Nelson has played at home in the month of November following a six-game road trip.
Grand Forks hosts defending KIJHL Champion Beaver Valley at 7 p.m. in the Jack Goddard Arena.
Both teams are hoping to snap losing streaks. Beaver Valley has lost two in a row while the Bruins are currently locked in a five-game skid.