While it looked like the same old for the first two of the Grand Forks Border Bruins’ three games last week, there were some good signs in game three.
After losing 12-1 and 10-0 to Nelson and Osoyoos respectively in the three-game home stand, local Nathan Nicolson got the start in goal and the team nearly came away with its first win of the season against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in what would be a 4-2 loss.
Nicolson made 45 saves on 48 shots with the fourth Thunder Cats goal coming with the Border Bruins’ netminder on the bench for the extra attacker.
“Nate played an excellent game for us and really kept us in the game early with some big saves,” explained Head Coach and GM Brent Batten.
It was also a game where the team didn’t allow double-digit goals and it was the lowest goals allowed thus far in the season – the team’s play wasn’t lost on Batten.
“Overall it was a marked improvement in a lot of different areas,” the coach said.
“Obviously limiting their goals against us was the biggest key and something we want to keep consistently getting better at.
“I think Saturday helped boost the teams confidence and let them know that when they all commit to putting in a full team effort they can compete with any team in the league,” Batten went on to say.
He also said that the team wasn’t satisfied with three losses during that home stand but were looking at the positives it could take.
The team has another two home games this weekend with a game against the Kimberley Dynamiters on Friday night and another against the Summerland Steam Sunday afternoon.