Border Bruins hold off Leafs in OT to take 2-1 lead in Murdoch semi-final series

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The Leafs’ Border Bruins Chad Bates and Seamus Boyd battle for the puck after a faceoff during first period action of game three of the Neal Murdoch Division semifinals Monday at NDCC Arena. – Nelson Daily Photo
For the second time in three games the Grand Forks Border Bruins were able to pick up their win.

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And the Boundary City team can thank a red hot power play for giving the Border Bruins a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Neil Murdoch semi-final against the Nelson Leafs.

Border Bruins hold off Leafs in OT to take 2-1 lead in Murdoch semi-final series

Chad Bates scored at 8:01 of the first overtime — four seconds after the Leafs’ Quinn Ramsay was whistled for a tripping penalty — to give the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Leafs in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff contest. . More than 700 fans at the NDCC Arena on Monday.

Grand Forks has scored six times on 12 attempts with the man advantage in three games of the series.

Nelson looked set to take the series lead when Ramsay scored midway through the third period to tie the game at 1-1.

However – you guessed it – the Bruins tied the game at 2-2 with another power play goal when Ben Edwards fired a shot past Nelson goalie Carl Sonneff less than three minutes into regulation time.

Kieran Christianson scored on the Leafs’ first shot of the game and Edwards exchanged first period goals in a frame the Bruins dominated.

Grand Forks opened the series with another win after coming from behind 4-3 on Friday at Boundary City’s Jack Goddard Memorial Arena.

Nelson took a 3–1 lead second in the third period on goals from Cray Dawson, Christianson and Parker White.

But five consecutive penalties by the Leafs led to two power play goals by JP DesBoris and Nate Tillmans, tying the score 3–3 in overtime.

Levi Estill won the game for the home team at 13:58 of overtime and gave Grand Forks an early lead in the series.

Nelson bounced back to tie the series on Saturday in Grand Forks, scoring on a timely basis with a hot goalie in Carl Soneff to put the Bruins up 1–0.

Leighton Partington scored the only goal of the game midway through the third period and Soneff stopped all 39 shots to give the Leafs the win.

Soneff has been “all-world” for the Leafs in three games, facing 139 shots while allowing only seven goals.

Ethan Shebanski has been the starter in goal for the Bruins, recording their second win of the series on Monday in Nelson.

Tempers flared between the Leafs and Bruins during the first period of Monday’s KIJHL playoff game at NDCC Arena. – Nelson Daily Photo

Beaver Valley under control

The Beaver Valley Nighthawks needed overtime to defeat the dangerous Castlegar Rebels 4-3 and take a 3-0 lead in the Murdoch Division semi-finals.

Lohagan Nimmo was the hero for the Hawks who can wrap up the series in the Sunflower City on Tuesday night.

In other KIJHL playoffs:

The Kimberley Dynamiters bounced back in their series with the Columbia Valley Rockies with a 4–3 win in Invermere. The Rockies lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain semifinals with game four scheduled for Tuesday in Invermere.

The Fernie Ghostriders and Creston Valley ThunderCats resume their series with game three of the Eddy Mountain semifinals on Tuesday in Creston. Series is tied 1-1


The Princeton Paws and Kelowna Chiefs are playing game four of the Bill Ohlhausen Division semi-finals on Tuesday in Kelowna, with Princeton leading 2-1.

North Okanagan can defeat the Osoyoos Coyotes with a win on the road at South Okanagan in the Bill Ohlhausen Division semi-finals on Tuesday. The Knights defeated the Coyotes 5-0 on Monday in Osoyoos.

The Kamloops Storm lost 4-0 to the Sicamous Eagles on Monday in a Doug Birks Division semi-final match in Kamloops. The Eagles lead the series 2–1. Game four is Tuesday in Kamloops.

The Revelstoke Grizzlies and Chase Heat resume the Doug Birks Division semifinal series at Chase on Tuesday, with the Grizzlies leading 2-0.

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