Border Bruins lost their first regular season game after three consecutive wins, falling 5-4 in Beaver Valley after giving up a two goal lead in third period. Connor Gross led the Bruins with two goals and an assist. Max Newton added a pair of goals, while the KIJHL’s top scorer Jackson Purvis added three assists to his league-leading point total.
“We had a few breakdowns in the defensive zone near the end,” said Bruins’ head coach Nick Deschenes. “But lots of positives: to be in that position in game four of the season. We’re pretty happy with the first two periods and, obviously, not the third. Now we know, Beaver Valley is kind of a benchmark in our division, where we sit against them. They’re going to get better. Everyone’s going to get better. We just have to make sure we get better as well.”
Deschenes said the team stuck to the game plan through the first two periods and were able to build a 4-2 lead going into the third.
“Our forwards were fore-checking aggressively, supporting each other,” he said. “Our defencemen were moving the puck quickly. Goaltending was stopping everything.”
After winning their first three games, the Bruins now sit at 3-1. They’ll get a chance to bounce back Sunday at home against the defending league champion Castlegar Rebels. Game time Sunday is 2 p.m. at the Grand Forks Arena.
The Bruins hosted their first golf tournament fund-raiser event today (Saturday, Sept. 21st) at the Christina Lake Golf Course.