KIJHL: Tough weekend for Bruins

Grand Forks Border Bruins continued their losing streak, which now sits at 11.

Lucas Peters of the Border Bruins tries to slip the puck past Spokane netminder Trevor Dilauro in the first period of Thursday’s game. Spokane won the game 4-1

It was another tough weekend for the Border Bruins as they continued their losing streak which now sits at 11.

Grand Forks lost three games this week in a busy homestand that saw the team play three games in four days. The Bruins lost to Spokane 4-1 Thursday, Beaver Valley 4-0 on Saturday and Fernie 8-4 Sunday.

On Sunday against the Fernie Ghostriders, Grand Forks got off to a strong 3-0 lead early led by a pair of goals from Josh Gladman and a single from Matt Lucero.

The ‘Riders, who are second overall in the KIJHL with a 22-4-1 record, then stormed back with three straight of their own to tie the game 3-3 in a high-scoring first period.

Fernie piled on a pair of goals in the second to take a 5-3 lead into the third period.

Joey Guzzo scored a power play goal at 18:14 of the third to cut the Ghosties lead to 5-4. Unfortunately, that was it for scoring for the Bruins as Fernie finished the game with three unanswered goals for the 8-4 win.

Jacob Mullen was in net for GF and stopped 44 of 52 shots.

The night before, the Bruins were shut out by Beaver Valley 4-0. Drake Poirier picked up the shut-out win for the Nitehawks, turning back all 24 Bruin shots. Mark Pearson picked up the loss in net for GF, stopping 36 of 40 BV shots.

On Thursday (Dec. 4), the Bruins lost 4-1 to the Spokane Braves at the Jack Goddard Memorial Arena.

The Braves went up 3-0 after two periods with goals from Tanner Stolz, Sean Collins and Kurtis Redding. Tucker Brown scored the only goal for the Bruins at 8:10 of the third period with a power play goal to cut the lead to 3-1. Collins scored a late empty netter with nine seconds left to give Spokane a 4-1 lead.

Jacob Mullen stopped 38 of 41 Spokane shots for the Border Bears.

Grand Forks continue their homestand with games Friday against Nelson and Saturday against Sicamous at the Jack Goddard Memorial Arena.

 

 

 

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