Bantam Bruins beat Kimberley, lose to Elk Valley

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Creston’s bantam Bruins got a big win at the Cranbrook Rec Plex against a league rival. With plenty of fans on the big ice, the Bruins put on a good show to take a hard-fought 6-5 win over Cranbrook Players Bench. Goalies and Scott Doeleman and Christopher Mulder played an awesome game.

Creston opened the scoring and goals were swapped, with Creston maintaining a one- or two-goal lead. Jayden Gigliotti was playing and passing well. Late in the game, with two minutes remaining, Cranbrook pulled their goalie and the game was Creston’s. Abdul Samai took a shot at the empty net but missed by only feet. The icing brought the puck back to Crestons zone but some great defence kept the puck out of the net, and a win for Creston.

Earlier in the day, the Bruins travelled to Sparwood to play Elk Valley. Creston’s Owen Blackmore started the game with a first goal, a breakaway going top-shelf. Kristi Blackmore played some awesome defence by holding her own, and Brendan Christianson was having a great game but was taken into the boards with a hit to the head that ended his weekend hockey. Creston finished the game and the next with three defence, and the team hopes for a speedy recovery for Brendan.

Elk valley scored next and was riddled with penalties, leading to a player and the coach being ejected from the game. The Bruins’ Otto Blackmore kept hitting the post more than a few times, but could not get the puck past the Elk Valley goalie, and Elk Valley won 4-1.

The previous weekend, the team played the Nelson Leafs. The players played exceptionally well, with some solid defense. They passed the puck well and talked to each other to get an 8-4 win.

The Bruins’ next game is in Creston on Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m. against Kimberley.

— CRESTON VALLEY MINOR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

 

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