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Leafs edge Braves in playoff series opener

The top-seeded Nelson Leafs got goals from four players en route to a 4-3 victory over the fourth-seeded Spokane Braves in Game 1 of their best-of-7 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff series on Wednesday in Nelson, British Columbia.

Tyler Mort scored two goals and Alex Lelwica scored once for Spokane.

The teams remain in Nelson for Game 2 tonight at 7.

Swimming and diving

The Idaho Vandals women broke a pair of school records on the first day of the Western Athletic Conference Championships in San Antonio.

Idaho set a record in the 200-yard medley relay, clocking in at 1 minute, 44.51 seconds. Anna Humphrey’s 24.7-second butterfly leg was fastest recorded time by a Vandal in the history of the event.

Idaho also set a mark in the 800-year freestyle relay with a time of 7:39.29. Career splits by Amanda Watson and Alyson O’Brien helped the Vandals shave nearly 3 seconds off the previous best.

“This team has gone through a lot of change this year with all the young swimmers,” Idaho head coach Tom Jager said. “So it’s exciting, but we’re taking it one step at a time.”

Preliminary swimming continues this morning, with five finals slated for this afternoon.

•The Washington State Cougars women kicked off the Pacific-10 Conference Championships at Federal Way, Wash., with a fifth-place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.22. Arizona finished first in 1:36.53.

The Cougs are in ninth place with 50 points after the first day’s events.

 
Tags: hockey, NHL

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