The Border Bruins find themselves down 2-0 in their Neil Murdoch division final series against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks after dropping games one and two on the road.
Grand Forks hosted game three Tuesday after press time and will host game four tonight (Wednesday) at Jack Goddard Memorial Arena as they try to even the series.
The Bruins advanced to the second round of the KIJHL play-offs by knocking out heavily Favoured Castlegar four games to two. The Bears delivered the knock-out blow to the Rebels on March 1 with a big 6-1 win at home.
In that game, Austin Dean opened up scoring at 18:28 of the first period. Jesse Reeds tied the game at 13:39 of the second. The teams went in to the third period tied but it was all Bruins in the third as the team scored five unanswered goals (Bryson Yee, Shayne Pluto, Garret Brisebois, Logan Casavant and Dean with his second.
Anthony Galliart was once again stellar in net for the Bears stopping 29 of 30 Rebel shots.
After eliminating Castlegar, Grand Forks was off to Fruitvale to face Beaver Valley on Friday and Saturday for the division title.
On Friday, the Bruins opened up scoring with Jordan Robertson scoring at 19:12 assisted by Chad Grambo and Logan Hascarl. BV then scored three unanswered (two from Dylan Heppler and one from Devin Nemes) to take a commanding 3-1 lead into the third.
Tyler Fyfe (assisted by Casavant and Dean) brought GF to within one but they would get no closer, falling 3-2 to the Nitehawks.
The following night in Fruitvale saw the Border Bruins fall 5-2 after giving up a 3-0 lead early in the second period. Brisebois and Jordan Robertson scored in the third for the Bruins but the team couldn’t shut down the potent Beaver Valley power play.