Border Bruins lose 4-1 against Columbia Valley Rockies

Grand Forks Border Bruins lose 4-1 against Columbia Valley Rockies on Oct. 7.

Grand Forks Border Bruins goalie Robert Dunsmur blocks a shot by the Columbia Valley Rockies on Sept. 7.

Grand Forks Border Bruins goalie Robert Dunsmur blocks a shot by the Columbia Valley Rockies on Sept. 7.

Thanksgiving weekend saw the Grand Forks Border Bruins lose both home games at the Grand Forks Arena.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Bruins lost 8-2 against Beaver Valley, and they lost 4-1 against Columbia Valley Rockies on Sunday.

Nick Deschenes, head coach and general manager, felt there was a lot the team could improve on.

“We’re not happy with the results this weekend, and we’re going to have to rethink the direction we’re heading,” he said.

Sunday’s game against the Rockies saw many penalties against the Bruins, with the home team racking up 16 penalties throughout the three periods.

“Sometimes you don’t get the calls and sometimes they’re not in your favour, but it’s fine,” noted Deschenes. “It’s part of the game of hockey and you just have to deal with it.”

Though the Bruins started the game with hard hits, missed passes allowed the Rockies managed to get 54 shots on goal. The Bruins had 18 shots on goal.

“There are some players who are playing to the standards we’re holding them to and others aren’t,” he added. “We need 20 players to win and we haven’t had that yet this season.”

Deschenes pointed out that the team needs to looks at where they are heading.

“I’ve got some thinking to do and we have to make some decisions,” he concluded. “We have to start turning things around because we’re going in the wrong direction.”

The Grand Forks Border Bruins play against Spokane Braves next Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Kamloops Storm on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Grand Forks Arena.

The Bruins will also be hosting a fundraising car wash at Grand Forks Secondary School parking on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.