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Grand Forks Border Bruins finish November with 7 wins, 4 losses

Team faces off against the Nitehawks and Dynamiters this weekend
The Bruins faced the Kamloops Storm on Saturday. Photo: Peter Soroka

At the end of a schedule that saw the Bruins playing three games a week all month, November ended with seven wins, and 11 of a possible 14 divisional points.

On Friday night, the Bruins made their second trip of the season to Nelson. The Leafs, suffering from a string of losses to the Bruins this season, pounced first when Xaiden Bignall beat Ethan Shebansky a little over 16 minutes into the period. Chad Bates responded less than a minute later to tie the game at the first intermission.

The Border Bruins shut the Leafs out for the rest of the game, while JP Desabrais added a goal in the second period, and Cameron Bryant, Levi Astill, and Tyler Burke added Bruins goals in the third – Burke for his first as a Bruin, having joined the team earlier in the week from Sicamous.

The next night, the Bruins were back at home to host the Kamloops Storm, who had a win the night before in Spokane.

The Bruins gave up four goals in the first period, with Ty Horner, Loch Stefanishyn, Sam Lewis, and Sam Zulyniak all scoring for the Storm. The Bruins brought backup goaltender Matthew Dovichak in at the break. In the second period, Ryan Larsen added another for Kamloops, before Kade Sicotte broke the shutout with a power play goal. Ty Horner pushed the lead out again with his second goal of the night late in the period, but Keanan Pearman picked up a power play goal of his own with 39 seconds left in the period – the Storm led 6-2 after 40 minutes.

Sam Zulyniak got his second of the night and Rory Mumford wrapped things up for the Storm, while Bruins captain Ray Warrack got the last goal of the night 8-1/2 minutes into the period – the final score was 8-3 at the Jack on Saturday night.

The KIJHL and PJHL (Lower Mainland) will be participating in the BC Hockey Conference Prospects game in Kamloops this week, with Bruins coach Dave Hnatiuk manning the bench for the KIJHL and Bruins Levi Astill and Ben Edwards on the team.

The Bruins play the Nitehawks in Fruitvale on Friday night, and this Saturday it’s another opportunity to Pack the Jack when the Kimberley Dynamiters are in town – puck drop at 7 p.m.