“(I) knew he was weak on the low side, so I knew where I was aiming for,” Cooper said of his breakaway goal, adding that his NHL influences are Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.Leaf coach Mario DiBella was equally impressed with the goal scoring ability of the Leafs recruit.“He’s got a great sense of what to do with the puck and where he wants it to go,” he said.The Thunder Cats, never-say-die attitude found the tying marker about five minutes later thanks to the effort of Liam Plunkett.But Cooper was able to combine with Sanchez for the winning goal that would be the dagger to beat the Thunder Cats.Leaf coach Mario DiBella felt a third-period tilt between Leafs Podgorenko and Colten Witter of the Thunder Cats, that lasted nearly 90 seconds, sparked both sides as the players traded heavy blows equally before Podgorenko registered the knock down.”It was good of him (Podgorenko) to stand up for his teammate.”Podgorenko also commented saying that he thought, “It lasted a little longer than I thought the refs would let us go, but they seemed fine with it.”ICE CHIPS: Nelson, winners of four straight, is now unbeaten in six games. . . . Nelson goalie Josh Williams, playing both weekend games, won his fifth game of the season Saturday. . . .Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt scored the winner Friday double OT to sink Grand Forks. . . . Creston outshot Nelson 33-24. This comes after the Leafs pelted the Grand Forks goal with 55 shots Friday. . . . The next home game for the Nelson Leafs is on Friday, October 6th, when the Leafs play the division rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Saturday, Nelson hosts Spokane Braves. Both games puck drop is 7 p.m. Following a 3-2 double overtime win against the Grand Forks Border Bruins Friday night in the Boundary City, the Nelson Leafs were looking for their fourth straight win in five games and the lead in the Neil Murdoch division.But once again the Leafs were pushed in another close game, coming out on top as David Sanchez scored late in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and power the Nelson to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over visiting Creston Valley Thunder Cats Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson has been a solid defensive powerhouse with goalie Josh Williams at the helm in the crease with a goals against average of 1.37.However, at the other end of the ice Creston Valley’s Goaltender, Noah Giesbrecht, was no slouch either with a 2.74 goals against average so it was clear from the puck drop this was going to be a goaltender’s duel.The game started rough for the Leafs as the Thunder Cats Struck first, halfway first the second period via the hands of Tyler Witzke, off a rebound to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.But by the end of the second period the Leafs manage to tie the game thanks to Justin Podgorenko who scored his second of the season.The third period started off better for the Leafs as two minutes into the period, Nelson gained the thanks to the silky hands of Ryan Cooper, deking out goaltender Noah Giesbrecht.