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Bruins force Game seven Saturday in Nelson

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
March 3rd, 2018

Both Murdoch Division Semi Final series will need a seventh game to decide the winners.

The Grand Forks Border Bruins forced a deciding game Saturday night in Nelson after posting a 4-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff victory over the Leafs Friday in the Boundary City.

Meanwhile, in Fruitvale, Castlegar edged Beaver Valley Nitehawks 2-1 to stave off elimination and force a deciding game Sunday afternoon the Sunflower City.

The Bruins, down 3-0 to the Leafs just four days ago, managed to win its third consecutive game by scoring three times in the second period.

Two power play goals four minutes apart by Mr. Playoff, Riley Smoler broke open a scoreless tie. Smoler now had seven goals in the series.

Briar Whyte, who finished the game with three points to lead the Bruins in scoring, made it 3-0 before the period ended as Grand Forks has now outscored the Leafs 11-5 in the recent three games to climb back into the series.

The three goals also spelled the end of the night for Leaf starter in goal, Josh Williams.

Kaiden Kreitz finished the game in goal for Nelson.

Justin Podgorenko stopped the bleeding with a goal for Nelson early in the third period.

But Zane Avery ended any hopes of a comeback with an insurance tally later in the frame.

The game was the first win of the series for former Leaf netminder Quinn Yeager. The Calgary native stopped 31 of 32 shots to register the victory.

Game seven goes at 7 p.m.

In Fruitvale, goals by Brady Daniels and Chris Breese was enough to power the Rebels past the Nitehawks.

Nolan Percival scored late in the third after Castlegar had built a 2-0 lead.

However, Nelson Minor Hockey grad Curt Doyle slammed the door shut on the Beaver Valley offence to secure the victory.

The shots were 36-36.

Game seven is Sunday at 2:15 p.m. in Castlegar.

In the Eddie Mountain Division, Columbia Valley Rockies completed the first round upset of Creston, edging the Thunder Cats 5-4 in overtime to win the best-of-seven series 4-2.

Ryan Skytt scored the winner to eliminate the Thunder Cats from the post season.

The Rockies finished more than 20 points behind Creston in regular season standings.

Columbia Valley  now faces Kootenay Conference winner Kimberley Dynamiters in the Eddie Mountain Final.

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