The Grand Forks Border Bruins went to Fernie last Friday night to face off against the Ghostriders. But according to coach Bruin Brad Snyder, “They spent all day on the bus and just didn’t show up to play at all. They beat us pretty good on Friday night (Fernie 6, GF 1).”
The Bruins were clearly outgunned: 48 shots on goal for Fernie and only 20 for Grand Forks. According to the box score, goaltender Jacob Mullen made 39 saves on 45 attempts in regulation time.
Max Newton got the lone Bruin goal; Lincoln Lane the assist. Newton was also singled out as second game star. Penalty killing was 100 per cent for both teams— the Bruins were shut down the on three power plays. Fernie was blanked in their lone attempt.
On Saturday night, Mullen continued strong in goal when the Bruins came home to take on the Creston Thunder Cats. He stopped 52 of 55 shots on goal on home ice. “We played vey well against them,” Snyder commented.
Bryson Yee scored the single Grand Forks goal; with assists from Lane and Newton. Bruins fell to the Cats 3-1.
The Bruins had 25 shots on goal and first game star went to goalie Mullen. Grand Forks went 0 for 2 on the power play; the Thunder Cats 0 for 5.
On Sunday the team played to a 5-5 draw against the Revelstoke Grizzlies. “We were up twice by two goals in the second period but they kept coming back and we ended up in overtime,” Snyder said in an interview the following day.
The Bruins offense picked up the pace— shots on goal were 45 for the Bruins and 49 from Revelstoke. With two goals and an assist, the first game star went to Kyle Doak.
Grand Forks went 1 for 3 on the power play; the Grizzlies 1 for 5.
Newton scored two goals and Steele Anderson got a goal and an assist. Mitchell Pearson and Michael Rand each had two assists; with Graham Watkins, Reid Peterson, Lane and Bryson Yee contributing one assist each.
Snyder said the team would take a couple of days off over Thanksgiving for everybody to heal up and then get back to action.
The next home game at Jack Goddard Memorial Arena in Grand Forks won’t be until Friday, Oct. 24 when the Nelson Leafs come to town.
This Saturday the Bruins travel to Castlegar to meet the Rebels and on Sunday they go down to Spokane to take on the Braves at the Eagles Ice Arena.