Border Bruins season comes of an end

Boundary Sentinel
By Boundary Sentinel
March 19th, 2024

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season came to an end Saturday at the Jack Goddard Memorial Arena for the Grand Forks Border Bruins.

After disposing of the Nelson Leafs in five games, the Bruins lost the Neil Murdoch Final series in six games to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.

Adam Redding’s fifth goal the playoffs, scored on the power-play, proved to be the eventual winner for the Nitehawks in a 5-1 final over the Border Bruins.

In the second period, Chad Bates cut the Nitehawks’ lead to 2-1 with his second goal, however, the visitors secured the victory to win the Neil Murdoch division title with three third period goals by Nathan Simm (2), Boris Hristov (4) and Ollie Clement (4).

Connor Stojan made 36 saves for the Nitehawks, while Ethan Shebansky stopped 26.

Friday, in Fruitvale, Stojan recorded his second shutout of the series, a 30-save effort, for the Nitehawks in a 3-0 win over the Border Bruins.

Tim Josza scored twice (4), including the winner five minutes into the third period.

The Nitehawks secured the victory with a pair of goals 50 seconds apart with four minutes remaining, as Ethan Shebansky finished with 38 saves. Josza’s final goal came on the power-play.

Grand Forks, finishing second in the Murdoch Division regular season with a 28-11-3-2 record, battled the Hawks hard, winning Game one and four of the series.

Beaver Valley now moves on to the Kootenay Conference Final against the Fernie Ghostriders.

Game one of the best-of-seven Final goes Friday in Fruitvale.

The Ghostriders advanced to the Final by dispatching the Columbia Valley Rockies in six games in the Eddie Mountain Divisional Final.

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