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Leafs and Dynamiter get final Hot in the KI 3 Stars
Nelson Leafs forward Shawn Campbell potted three goals and had five points in two games against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. His efforts in helping the Leafs outscore their division rivals 11-0 gives the Castlegar native the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) Hot in the KI first star. Campbell is selected for Hot in the KI in back-to-back weeks.
Campbell finished first in the KIJHL playoff scoring with six goals and 12 points in six games. It is a playoff-high for Campbell, who in 2017-18, had four goals and nine points in 12 games with the Castlegar Rebels. For his career, Campbell finished with 13 goals and 29 points in 37 playoff games.
The second star goes to Campbell’s teammate, Anderson Violette, who didn’t surrender a goal against the Nitehawks, facing 61 shots. The Calgary, Alta., product was 5-0 in the playoffs with a 1.40 goals against average and .959 save percentage. Anderson earned a game star in the opening match against the Nitehawks and in Game 2, turned aside 32 shots.
The third star goes to the KIJHL’s most valuable player, Brock Palmer of the Kimberley Dynamiters. Palmer finished second in league playoff scoring behind Campbell with 10 points in seven games. Palmer helped the Dynamiters take a 2-0 series lead on the Columbia Valley Rockies. In the opening game, Palmer collected an assist on Keegan McDowell’s equalizing goal to force overtime. In Game 2, Palmer netted two goals, both on the man advantage, to help the Dynamiters win 3-0.
Palmer closed out his KIJHL career in the playoffs with 15 goals and 62 points in 45 games.