The Grand Forks Border Bruins had a strong, balanced effort on Saturday night against the Rebels but it wasn’t enough. Despite out-shooting Castlegar 50-37, the Bruins lost 5-4 in overtime.
Tucker Brown opened up the scoring for the Bruins at 14:26 of the first period assisted by Max Newton and Cory Munro.
The Rebs fought back with three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead.
Momentum then switched to the GF side, as the Bruins scored two straight (Cam McLennan and Jackson Purvis) to tie the game up 3-3 at the end of the very high scoring first period.
Veteran winger Diego Bartlett put Castlegar up 4-3 with his second goal of the game at 18:19 of the second period.
Newton tied the game up with a power play marker at 10:34 of the second period assisted by Purvis and Nathan Cory.
After a scoreless third period, the teams heading to overtime.
At 4:12 of the overtime period, Seth Schmidt got the game-winner for the Rebels, assisted by Jeremy McNeill and Chase Reddin.
Kai McDonald was in net for Grand Forks and stopped 32 of 37 shots.