The first would not be the road period the Terriers would've wanted as the Bruins would get on the board just 7:07 into the first as Brad Arabia would hammer home his 3rd goal of the season to give the Bruins an early 1-0 lead. The Bruins would take a 2 goal lead just 3:09 later as Taylor Ross would finish off a nice passing play, from Jason & Ryan Duret for his 8th to make it 2-0. Then just 19 seconds later, Mahlon Head would gain control right off the initial face-off, then make his way into the Terrier zone and slip it five-hole on Matt Kustra for his 4th of the year to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead after 1 period.
The Bruins would start the 2nd period where they left off from the 1st with some offensive, as they would make it a 4-0 lead as Charles Manley's point shot on the PP would get through some traffic and hit the back of the net for his 4th marker of the campaign. Then the Terriers would come on with some pretty effective pressure and they would be credited for the effort as Carson Cayer would get the Terriers on the board at 10:24 of the 2nd period, as he would get it over the left shoulder of Tyler Fuhr for his 6th to make it a 3 goal Terrier deficit. Zack Zadorozniak just 14 seconds later from an impossible angle would some how sneak it through the post and the Bruins netminder for his 8th of the year and all of a sudden the Terrier were within 2 at 4-2. But before the 2nd period buzzer could go the Bruins would once again come back and regain their 3 goal lead as Ross would take another nice feed back door from Jason Duret for his 2nd of the night to give the Bruins a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes.
The Terriers would be the team this time to get to the offence early as just 1:12 in Joe Wilkinson would send a knuckle shot that fooled Tyler Gutenberg for Wilkinson's 2nd to cut the Terriers to within 2. But then it would be the Bruins again replying as Ross would complete the hat trick for his 10th of the season to make it 6-3. The Terriers thought wouldn't quit yet, as with a 6 on 3 advantage late, Captain Kailum Gervais would slip home his 10th to make the deficit 2, at just 6-4. But that's as close as the Terriers would get on this night as Josh Rieger would ice it into the empty net with just a minute remaining to give th Bruins a big 7-4 victory.
Both teams would have both of ther goaltenders play in the game as Tyler Fuhr would start for the Bruins and stop 16 of 18 shots while his partner Tyler Gutenberg would let in 2 goals on 11 shots in relief. Matt Kustra (4 goals on 13 shots) & Carson Bogdan (3 goals on 24 shots) would split time for the Terriers.
The Terriers with loss officially eliminates them from playoff contention while Bruins now move within just 1 point of the Melville Millionaires for top spot in VIterra division.
The Terriers have now 3 games remaining in the season, all of them on home ice starting tomorrow (Sat) hosting former teammate Bret Boehm & the Flin Flon Bombers at 7:30 from FAA.
Elsewhere in SJHL down in Melville,
The Millionaires lost their 3rd straight as they were doubled up by the Flin Flon Bombers 4-2.
Dalton Menke & Logan Karakochuk scored for the Mils while Trevor Martin stopped 25 of 29 shots in the loss.
Mils back on the ice, on the road on Saturday when they visit Weyburn.
When in the MJHL,
The Swan Valley Stampeders still have a 2 point lead for 6th in VIterra division as Carter Johnson had 2 goals in regulation and notched the shootout winner as they beat Winkler 3-2.
2nd team All-Star goalie Graham Hunt made 46 saves for the win in goal. Nick Kobelka chipped in offensively also with 2 assists.
The Stamps will search for some more points when they continue the roady in Steinbach on Saturday night.