Bruins Awaken and crush Rebel assault 5-2

Grand Forks Border Bruins beat Castlegar 5-2 in KIJHL action Saturday night at Jack Goddard Memorial Arena.

Braeden Harke (#20) of the Border Bruins pushes Ed Lindsey of Castlegar into the boards in pursuit of the puck during last night's game at Jack Goddard Arena.

Han Solo and Luke Skywalker may be in the new Star Wars movie, which just came out, but they couldn’t help the Rebels from Castlegar last night. The Grand Forks Border Bruins beat the visiting Castlegar Rebels 5-2 in KIJHL action Saturday.

The Bruins dominated play early taking a 4-0 lead after two periods on the strength of goals from Ryland Smaha-Muir, Logan Casavant (twice) and Trey Mason. A pair of goals from Tayden Woods early in the third brought Castlegar to within two but the Bears were able to put the game away with an insurance marker from Tyler Fyfe with 1:12 left in the game.

Anthony Galliart was in the net and stopped 22 of 24 Rebel shots.

The win came on the heels of a tough 2-1 loss against the division-leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks at home Friday night. The loss came after three straight wins against the power Nitehawks who only have five losses all season.

Brandon Savaia opened up scoring against BV with a goal at 9:27 of the first period. Karsten Jang tied it for the ‘Hawks at 14:49 of the third. Nolan Percival got the game winner a couple of minutes later for the visitors.

The Bruins hold steady in third place in the Neil Murdoch with a 15-win, 17-loss, 3-overtime loss record for 33 points, four ahead of fourth place Nelson and 10 back of second place Castlegar.

Bear Bites –

The Bruins are now off for Christmas and resume play on Jan. 2 against Spokane at home for the Foundation Builders’ game. The game will honour the last Grand Forks team to win the division back in 1973-74. All tickets will be on sale at 73-74 prices of $1.50 each. Be sure to come out and Pack the Jack Goddard Memorial Arena!!