The Grand Forks Border Bruins missed out on a chance to end their losing streak on Jan. 22 against Castlegar. The Rebels built a 6-1 lead on the way to an 8-3 win at the Jack Goddard Memorial Arena.
Ed Lindsey opened scoring for Castlegar at the 17:17 mark of the first period. Matt Lucero tied the game up at 10:17 with a power play goal assisted by Bryson Yee and Joey Guzzo.
Cal Owens put the Rebels up 2-1 at 8:11 of the first period with the first of five unanswered Castlegar goals.
Brandon Savaia and Reid Robertson scored the other Bruin goals, both in the second period.
Mark Pearson picked up the loss in net for GF, stopping 36 of 44 shots.
The Bruins have lost their last five games by a combined score of 46-12 for an average of 9.2 goals to 2.4 goals.
Grand Forks hosts Castlegar for the second straight game on Friday at Goddard Arena. The Bruins then hit the road the following day for a game against the Nelson Leafs.
The Bruins’ record this year is 7 wins, 32 losses, one tie and three overtime losses. With 18 total points, GF is 30 points behind fourth place Spokane Braves.
Grand Forks has a goals for and against margin of -130 with 111 goals for and 241 goals against on the season.
GF has lost 23 games in a row but are still one point ahead of North Okanagan for last place in the whole KIJHL.
Lucero leads the Bruins in scoring with 12 goals and 17 assists good for 29 points. Tucker Brown is second with seven goals and 13 assists for 20 points. Brown leads GF in penalty minutes with 89.