The Grand Forks Border Bruins made it six wins a row Tuesday with a solid 5-2 victory over Nelson at Jack Goddard Memorial Arena. Tyler Fyfe led the team with a goal and two assists. Other scorers were Nicky Leeder, Jordan Robertson, Trey Mason and Garrett Brisebois.
Anthony Galliart had another solid game in between the pipes stopping 40 of 42 shots. The win moved the Bears up to 24 points in the standing with a .500 record and a third place tie with Nelson.
Last week, the Border Bruins beat the Nelson Leafs 2-1 on Saturday on the road. The win was the Bruins’ fifth in a row and sixth out of the last seven.
The Bruins got off to a good lead in the first period with a pair of goals within a minute. Chad Grambo opened the scoring for GF, scoring at 11:38 assisted by Jordan Robertson and Dylan Haney. After a scoreless second period, the Leafs made it interesting with a late power play goal by Rayce Miller with two minutes left in the third. The Bruins held strong for the last two minutes with strong defence and another solid effort by netminder Anthony Galliart.
“We didn’t play as well as we have in this run but we had a good start,” said head coach Emery Olauson. “Galliart played great once again. We really limited their grade A scoring chances, which we have to do. We’re pleased with the result. You give up one goal to a team like Nelson, you have to be pretty happy.”
Olauson said the squad will work on overcoming mistakes in their own end. The team faced Nelson again on Tuesday after press time at home with a chance to move into third in the division.
Three game weekend
The Bruins hope to prolong their winning streak with three games this weekend: at North Okanagan in Armstrong Friday, at home against Beaver Valley Saturday, and at Summerland Sunday.
The Border Bruins have jumped on the Movember bandwagon. All the players have taken up the no-shave November stance and are growing out their mustaches with varying levels of success. Whether it’s a big, broom ’staches or just stubble, it’s a great cause.
“It’s a hockey-wide tradition for the month of November to raise awareness about men’s health issues and specifically prostate cancer,” said Olauson. “It’s really taken off through the NHL Movember campaign and on down the ranks. Teams that Britt (assistant coach Ouellette) and I have been involved with have always done it.”
Anyone wishing to donate to this great cause can go to movember.com/mospace/12777889.