The Nelson Leafs reeled off its third consecutive Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win Friday night in Grand Forks, edging the home town Border Bruins 2-1.
The 15-3-1-0-1 Leafs maintain its five-point lead in the Murdoch Division over Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
The Hawks posted a 6-2 win Friday in Golden.
Justin Podgorenko, finishing the game with two points to lead Nelson, and Jaiden LaPorte gave the Leafs a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
Dalton Luce gave the Bruins some hope with a goal midway through the third period.
However, Nelson’s Game Star and netminder Josh Williams closed the door on the Bruins, stopping nine of 10 shots in the period to preserve the win.
Nelson, winners of both games this season against the Bruins, out shot Grand Forks 58-28 in the game.
The Leafs are idle Saturday before completing weekend action Sunday in Castlegar against the Rebels.
Castlegar won its fifth straight game Friday, 5-2 over Spokane Braves.