The Grand Forks Border Bruins are in first place in the entire KIJHL after a season opening 4-2 win over Spokane last night (Thursday). Sure the season is early, and it was the only game played, but the Grand Forks Border Bruins will take it.
Kyle Dolly opened up the scoring with a power play marker for the Bruins at 18:44, assisted by Max Newton and Jackson Purvis.
Spokane’s Tyler Wilkerson picked up a power play goal for Spokane at the halfway mark of the first to tie the score.
Grand Forks went up 2-1 with a goal from Coleton Dawson, assisted by Reid Robertson and Dolly, at 6:19 of the first.
The Braves once again tied the score at the when Justin Loepker found the back of the net at the three minute mark of the first stanza.
Dolly, with his second goal of the game, put the Bears up 3-2 just before the first period break, assisted by Cam McLennan and Purvis.
Grand Forks speedy little winger Dakota Little, assisted by Dawson, gave the home town a 4-2 lead at 13:44 in the second period.
Connor Gross finished out the scoring, putting GF up 5-2 at 4:06 of the second. Assisted on Gross’ goal were Purvis, with his third assist, and McLennan, with his second.
Dominic Stadynk was between the pipes for the Bruins and had a solid outing, stopping 37 of 39 Spokane shots.
The Bruins have a pair of road games this weekend: In Castlegar Saturday to face the Rebels, and Spokane Sunday. The next home game for the squad is Sept. 22 when they host Castlegar.