Bruins lose tight match against Nelson

The Border Bruins faced the KIJHL's top team Saturday at home and came away with a one goal loss.

Jackson Purvis (#18) of the Border Bruins reaches for the puck in the first period of Saturday's game against Nelson at the Grand Forks Arena.

Jackson Purvis (#18) of the Border Bruins reaches for the puck in the first period of Saturday's game against Nelson at the Grand Forks Arena.

The Border Bruins faced the KIJHL’s top team Saturday at home and came away with a one goal loss.The final score was 6-5 for Nelson, who lead the league with an undefeated 10-0-1-1 record.The Leafs got off to a quick start, going up 3-0 midway through the first period on goals from Travis Wellman, Brandon Sookro and Alec Wilkinson.Kyle Dolly put the Bruins on the board with a power play marker at 8:43 of the first period, assisted by Franco Colapaolo and goalie Kai McDonald. Dolly scored on a snapshot on a three on two opportunity.Tucker Brown brought GF within one at 3-2 a short time later, assisted by Corey Munro and Cam McLennan.Wellman scored at 15:37 of the second to put the Leafs up 4-2.Michael Rand found the back of the net for GF at 9:48 of the second to once again cut the Leaf lead to one. Assisting on Rand’s goal were Reid Robertson and Colapaolo.A pair of power play goals from Jamie Vlanich of the Leafs, including a late game empty netter, sandwiching a goal from GF’s Max Newton, put the game away for Nelson.Dolly picked up his second goal of the game with eight seconds left on the clock, assisted by Corey Munro and Cam McLennan.Grand Forks outshot Nelson 43-35.McDonald stopped 30 of 35 shots in between the pipes for the Bruins.Next up, GF travels to Castlegar Saturday to face the always tough Rebels. The next Tuesday (Oct. 29) the squad goes to Fruitvale to tackle Beaver Valley.