The Leafs rebounded for a better second period, out scoring the Rebels 3-1 on goals by Matthew Sokol — his second in two games — Tyler Garcia on the power play and Nick Novin.Novin, Nelson’s game star, finished the game with two points.However, in the third, it was Castlegar that controlled much of the territorial play out shooting the Leafs 18-10 to grab the road victory.Garrett Patterson completed the goal scoring for the Rebels.Castlegar netminder Joseph Mcleod out dueled Patrick Ostermann in the Leaf nets to register the victory.Castlegar out shot the Leafs 38-35 in the game.Nelson 1-6 in November concludes the month on the road with a swing through the East Kootenay.The Leafs face the Rockets in Golden Friday before concluding the swing in Invermere Saturday against the Rockies.LEAF NOTES: Newcomer Kotlen Nelson did not register a point in his first game with the Leafs after arriving Monday from Columbia Valley. . . . Nelson was missing assistant captain Jordan Davie, suspended for receiving a game misconduct in the final minutes of Friday’s overtime loss against Beaver Valley. . . . Leaf defenceman Brendan Smith was back in the lineup after the past month on the injury list. Despite being out of the lineup, Smith remains tied with Eamonn Miller for top spot in Leafs scoring, each with 13 points. . . . Next home game for Nelson is Saturday December 5 against Columbia Valley Rockies. The Nelson Leafs season continues to spiral in the wrong direction.Rival Castlegar scored three times in the first period — twice on the power play — en route to a 4-3 victory over the Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.The loss is the fifth straight — seven in the past nine games — for the Green and White, dropping the Leafs into fourth spot in the Murdoch Division.Castlegar has won three consecutive games to stay within two points of division-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the Murdoch race.Chris Breese, Tayden Woods and Chance Szott scored less than 13 minutes into the game to give the visitors the commanding lead they would not relinquish.Ironically, Nelson out shot Castlegar 14-10 in the first period.
Coming back to the Leafs are 20-year-old goalie Bill Gorn and defenceman Kyle Rosolowski.Gorn, who previous play in the KIJHL for Beaver Valley, came from the Fort Frances Lakers of the Superior International Junior Hockey League while 19-year-old Rosolowski arrived from Osoyoos Coyotes in exchange for the rights of Michael Crawford.Gorn joins Devin Allen as the two goalies on the roster for Nelson.“Rosolowski is a veteran defenceman who has a good solid physical player who sees the ice very well and is calm under pressure,” said DiBella.“Getting Gorn will provide some support for (netminder) Devin Allen who has played well for us this season.”The moves were just a few for the Leafs as the club looks to reduce the roster to 25 player’s cards by 11 p.m. December 1.DiBella remains confident a few tweaks here and there can help the fourth-place Leafs rebound from a dismal November, where the club lost eight of 10 games.The Leafs, fresh from snapping a three-game winless streak Tuesday by defeating Spokane 5-4 in overtime, return to the ice Saturday when Nelson hosts the best in the KIJHL Saturday when Creston Valley Thunder invade the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. puck drop.Sunday, Nelson hosts Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m.BLUELINES: Leafs management made a couple of late moves Thursday, trading forward Charlie Willkie to Princeton Posse before acquiring Alex Meeker from 100 Mile House Wranglers. In 12 games with the defending KIJHL champs, the Edmonton native had five goals and two assists for seven points. Wilkie had one goal and three assists in 25 games with Nelson. . . . Forward Cooper Schroder also came to Nelson from Blind River Ontario Jr. A. while the playing rights for forward Kolten Nelson and defenceman Noah Looman were sent to Chase Heat and Sicamous Eagles, respectively. The Nelson Leafs were awfully busy this week, finding themselves at the center of a handful of trades as the struggling franchise looks to turnaround an awful season on the ice.Leafs’ Head Coach and Director of Player Personel Mario DiBellais looking to close the gap in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division, with the trades and roster acquisitions.“We feel the core layers have been consistent from the start of the year, we’re just looking to shore up some holes to make this team competitive to compete for division championship.”The moves comes on the heels of two trades last week by Nelson.To start, DiBella shipped netminder Jason Sandhu to Kamloops Storm of the KIJHL for cash and center Eamonn Miller to OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.“Eammon was a late cut from OCN,” said DiBella. “They were looking for a smooth skating, playmaking centerman and Eammon fit their needs.”Miller had four goals and eight assists in 18 games for Nelson while Sandhu, who joins former teammate Ben Kelsch on the roster of the Storm, registered three wins in nine games for the Leafs.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2016)–Idle since March 28 in Dubai, 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome came back running on Saturday at Santa Anita, as he forged to a 1 ¼ length win in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes. Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, the 5-year-old California-bred horse by Lucky Pulpit covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.39.Breaking from post position four in a field of seven older horses, California Chrome utilized his natural speed to sit a comfortable second behind pacesetter Alfa Bird into and around the Club House turn. Well in hand under Espinoza, “Chrome” cruised to the lead under a hold approaching the quarter pole and kept runner-up Imperative at bay the final sixteenth.“He could’ve opened up turning for home, but Victor put the Full-Nelson on him,” quipped Sherman. “It was just what we needed. He’ll get a lot out of this race, believe me. It set up just as we figured. I knew he’d show speed. He’s been wanting to run quite a bit right now…and I said ‘He’s got a lot of gas (speed) himself and you can place him where you want.“That’s why he’s a perfect horse. You don’t have to bring a game plan with him. He can sit off the pace or go on the pace.”Sherman said that California Chrome, who picked up $2 million for running second in last year’s Dubai World Cup, would be heading back to the Middle East later this month.“He’ll ship Jan. 21, have one prep (in Dubai), then come home after the World Cup,” he said. “It’s very heart-warming to see his fans and the reception he received. I was just jammed full of people around the paddock. It was just great.”Off at 3-5, California Chrome paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10. A winner of four Grade I stakes in 2014; the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Hollywood Derby, California Chrome notched his 10th win from 19 starts Saturday, and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his career earnings to $6,442,650, thus surpassing two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow to become the leading California-bred of all time. (North America’s all-time leader Curlin, retired with earnings of $10,501,800, while California Chrome currently ranks 25th).Bred and originally owned by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, California Chrome is now owned by California Chrome, LLC, which is comprised of Kentucky-based Taylor Made Stallions and Martin, who retains his majority 70 percent stake in the horse.“We feel blessed to be a part of this, what a horse!” said new co-owner Frank Taylor. “He’s so sound and so genuine. He’s a special horse.”Assistant trainer Alan Sherman, who watched the race from the Winner’s Circle while holding his two year old grandson, was satisfied with his stable superstar.“He got tired, but that was good,” he said. “He got tired, but he got it done. It’s just so much fun, it was awesome.”Trained by Richard Baltas and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Imperative rallied from mid-pack and made the winner work late, while finishing one length in front of Hoppertunity. Off at 7-1, Imperative paid $5.80 and $3.00.“I’m very proud of the horse,” said Baltas. “It looked like we might get to him there at the top of the stretch, but ‘Chrome’ was ready.”Bob Baffert’s multiple graded stakes winning Hoppertunity, who came off a big second in the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 27, appeared full of run at the rail heading to the far turn, finished well but was unable to threaten the winner as he finished 3 ½ lengths clear of Hard Aces.The second choice with Martin Garcia at 2-1, Hoppertunity paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.82, 49.12, 1:12.90 and 1:36.96.Santa Anita will offer a nine-race card on Sunday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. CHESTNUT HORSE BY LUCKY PULPIT SURPASSES TIZNOW AS ALL-TIME LEADING CAL-BRED MONEY WINNER AS HIS CAREER EARNINGS EXCEED $6.4 MILLION