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New look Leafs win three straight, double Border Bruins 4-2

Leafs netminder Billy Gorn backstopped Nelson to two weekend wins at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Watch out Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

There's a new team just itching to make life difficult for the rest of the league.

After struggling just to piece together a lineup in November, the Nelson Leafs won its third straight game Sunday night at the NDCC Arena, knocking off division rival Grand Forks Border Bruins 4-2 in KIJHL Murdoch Division action.

The win, the second in as many nights as Nelson double Creston 4-2 Saturday, pulls the Leafs to within two points of the third-place Bruins in the the tight Murdoch Divison.

Logan Wullum, Dale Howell and Jack Karran staked the Leafs to a 3-0 lead before the Bruins Dylan Haney got the visitors on the scoreboard with a power play goal late in the second period.

Jordan Unger restored the three-goal advantage for the Leafs in the third before Garret Briesbois completed the scoring for the Bruins.

Brennan Grocock had two points for the Leafs. Shane Pluto had two assists for Grand Forks.

Nelson goalie Billy Gorn, getting his second straight start between the pipes, registered the win in goal for the Leafs by stopping 14 of 16 shots.

The Leafs out shot the Bruins 35-16, including an 18-3 onslaught in the second period.

Tyler Loura took the loss in goal for the Leafs.

LEAF NOTES: The two weekend wins come following numerous moves by Leaf management before the December 1 roster deadline. . . . Nelson returns to action Friday when the Leafs travel to face the Castlegar Rebels in the Sunflower City. The Rebels lead the season series against Nelson 4-1 and have outscored the Leafs 21-15. Castlegar had won nine straight games before Creston snapped the streak Friday in Creston. Next home game for Nelson is Saturday, December 10 against Golden Rockets . . . . Dale Howell and Sawyer Hunt are tied for the Leafs' scoring lead, each with 28 points.