Not quite the way the coaching staff drafted up the game plan on the black board, but it's still a win for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.
Ex-Leaf Nolan Percival scored with seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Nitehawks to a 4-3 come-from-behind Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Wednesday night in Fruitvale.
The win gives Beaver Valley a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch Division playoff series.
Games three and four go Friday and Saturday at the NDCC Arena.
Puck drop is 7 p.m.
Nelson appeared to have tied the series, leading 3-1 with less than 40 seconds remaining in the third period.
However, Dylan Heppler with this second of the game cut the lead to 3-2 with 37 seconds remaining in the game. Then Dylan Kent tied the contest 18 seconds later setting the stage for Percival to put a stake into his former teammates with the game-winning goal.
Nelson led 2-1 after one period on goals by Sam Weber and Dale Howell.
Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt increased the lead to 3-1 with Nelson's econd power play goal of the game.
The loss erased what was a spectacular performance goal by Nelson's Devin Allen, who stymied the Hawks for most of the game including a 14-3 shots advantage in the third period.
Beaver Valley finished the game out shooting the Leafs 39-24 — 20-4 in the final 29-plus minutes.
Tallon Kramer won his sixth straight playoff game in goal for Beaver Valley.
Beaver Valley is now 6-0 in playoffs while Nelson falls to 4-4.
In the other Kootenay Conference series, Creston Valley Thunder Cats evened the Eddie Mountain series at 1-1 with a 4-1 home victory Wednesday.
The series now shifts to Kimberley for Games three and four, Friday and Saturday.