The Nelson Leafs came ready to play Tuesday, as they swarmed the Beaver Valley Nitehawks early and never let up on their way to a 10-3 drubbing at the Beaver Valley Arena Tuesday night.
The Leafs netted their first marker 26 seconds into the first period and led 4-0 barely eight minutes into the game, before Beaver Valley pulled starter Zach Perehudoff in favour of back up Travis Beekhuizen, which made little difference.
“It’s the biggest win of the season so far,” Leafs’ head coach Frank Maida told the Nelson Star. “We have been out-shooting teams from day-one and haven’t been rewarded. Last night we continued to outshoot them and finally they were rewarded.”
The Leafs out-shot the Hawks 21-6 in the first period, and 46-22 overall. It was a dismal performance for a Hawks’ team that beat Nelson 8-2 the last time they visited.
Perhaps the only highlight of the night for B.V. was a great individual effort from defenceman and former Leaf Walker Sidoni, who broke in on a 1-on-1, deked the Leafs D-man and deftly lifted the shot top corner for his first goal of the season.
Five players from the leafs had three-point nights including James Sorrey and Damin Devlin each with two goals and an assist.
Luke Reimer also had a decent game leading the Nitehawks with a goal and a helper.
The victory firmly places the Leafs atop the Murdoch Division with 19 points, on nine wins, five losses and a tie.