By The Nelson Daily SportsA pair of Nelson Selects Rep squads made the short trek across the 49th parallel to compete in the Coeur d’Alene Youth Soccer Tournament this past weekend.The Nelson U14 girl’s and U15 boy’s experienced mixed results at the two-day event.U14 Girl’s DivisionThe Nelson Selects found it very difficult to find goals in Coeur d’Alene, going scoreless in three games.“(Two games) Nelson dominated . . . but could not get the ball into the net,” said a team spokesperson.The Selects opened the tourney with a scoreless tie against Helena Arsenal of Idaho.Game two was against an impressive North Idaho Avalanche squad, consisting mostly of 15-year-old players.Nelson was definitely up against it against the Avs, losing 7-0.In game three, the Nelson defence turned up the tempo but the offence failed to produce once again as the Selects played to a scoreless tie against Sandpoint Strikers.U15 Boy’s DivisionThe Nelson Selects, coached by Scott Lewis, tied two and lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to finish out of the playoffs in the U16 Boy’s Division in Coeur d’Alene.The 1-0 loss came thanks to a controversial call by the referee, awarding the opposition a penalty shot.The week before in Trail, the Selects edged Cranbrook 2-1 to claim the top prize in the Kootenay South Tournament.Dylan Whiffen and Daniel Rodman scored for Nelson.The Selects advanced to the final by stopping host Kootenay South 1-0 and a much-improved Creston team email@example.com
The Selkirk Saints solidified its net for the upcoming B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season by inking two-time Cyclone Taylor netminder Aaron Oakley to a playing commitment.Oakley joins Selkirk following an outstanding three-year career in the Pacific Junior Hockey League with the Richmond Sockeyes and Abbotsford Pilots. The of Richmond product appeared at back-to-back Cyclone Taylor Cups in 2011 and 2012 with the Sockeyes and Pilots respectively, and went on to win the Keystone Cup with Abbotsford to conclude his 19-year old season.”Aaron’s performance and accomplishments over the past three seasons match-up favourably against any Junior B goaltender in the province,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois, fresh off leading the Saints to the 2013 BCIHL title.”He comes from a winning program in Abbotsford that demands excellence from its players, so we expect him to be well-prepared to make an impact at the college level.”Oakley led the PCHL in a number of statistical categories during the 2012/13 season as a member of the Pilots, including games played (33), minutes played (1941) and wins (23).The 20-year old also finished second amongst PJHL netminders with a 2.01 goals-against average and fourth with a .918 save percentage. His overall totals spanning three seasons in the PJHL include 58 wins and 21 losses with a 2.27 GAA and a .914 SV%.He has also earned a number of individual accolades, including the PJHL’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2012/13 season. He was an all-star in all three years played in the league and was the recipient of the Top Goaltender award as a rookie with the Sockeyes in 2010/11. The addition of Oakley brings Selkirk back to three goaltenders on the roster for the 2013/14 season after former Nelson Leafs Marcus Beesley and the team agreed to defer his commitment by one year. Oakley is the ninth player to commit to the Saints for the 2013/14 season. He joins forwards Darnell Dyck (Langley, BCHL), Markus McCrea (Youngstown, USHL) and Garrett Kucher (Osoyoos, KIJHL), blueliners Stefan Gonzales (Aldergrove, PJHL), Arie Postmus (Beaver Valley, KIJHL), Ryan Procyshyn (Delta, PJHL) and Tanner Lenting (North Delta, PJHL) and goaltender Myles Hovdebo (LaRonge, SJHL).
The Nelson Leafs hockey club was dealt a huge blow to its run at the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title when defenceman Cole Arcuri decided to join the Powell River Kings of the BC Hockey League.Arcuri, 17, is off to the Tier II club immediately, hopping a flight to the Sunshine Coast City Tuesday morning.“It’s always tough no matter what time of the season to lose a player like Cole, but that’s our program . . . developing and moving players,” said Leaf coach and GM Frank Maida.“We’re happy for Cole and hopefully we’ll be able to find a player to fill in the position in the next three days.”The 6’1”, 170-pound Nelson Minor Hockey product is one of the top blueliners for a Leaf team already limited on the back end.In 38 games this season the Nelson native had scored four times while adding 20 assists for 24 points.Nelson has little time to find a replacement for Arcuri as the BC Hockey January 10 roster deadline is but a few days away.Teams must finalize rosters by midnight Friday for the remainder of the season.“We’ve got to go out now and do the best we can to find the best available player to replace Cole,” Maida confessed. “We’ll be on the phones looking for a replacement and hope something will happen before Friday.”Powell River is second in the Island Division of the BCHL, three points behind Victoria Grizzlies.Arcuri is expected to be in the lineup when the Kings host Salmon Arm and Nanaimo this weekend.Nelson is now left with four healthy players on the blueline — Patrick Croome, Robson Cramer, Darnel St. Pierre and Nick Trefrey — along with injured Austin Seaman.Maida said Seaman is probably at least two weeks away from returning to the lineup after suffering a leg injury.While Maida admits this is not the best situation to be in, the Leaf skipper is confident in his blueline core.“We’ve been playing with five defencemen since game 10 and now we’re at game 38, so the boys have done a great job logging a lot of ice time,” Maida said. “Hopefully we can get a body or two in here before the weekend.”Arcuri is the second player this season Nelson has seen jump to the BCHL.Leading scorer Jamie Vlanich took a shot with Langley Rivermen, but returned to the Leaf after just a few games in the BCHL.Nelson, holding a slim one-point lead on Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch standings, travels to Castlegar Friday to meet the Rebels.The Leafs have played one more game than the Hawks.Saturday Nelson hosts the Spokane Braves at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.