The new Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) season hasn’t started off the way the Grand Forks Border Bruins were hoping for.

The Border Bruins kicked off the season at home on Friday with a 4-1 loss to the Osoyoos Coyotes. Josh Bishop scored the first and lone goal for the Bruins in the contest. Harrison Tutt took the loss between the pipes, despite stopping 43 of 47 shots.

The second game of the weekend on Saturday saw the team host the Castlegar Rebels. The Border Bruins took an early advantage. Leading 2-0 in the first couple of minutes in the second period, they couldn’t hold on, falling 5-3. Defenceman Nick Morin scored the first and the third goals for the Bruins for his first two of the season. Kieran Nordman potted the other goal in the game. Dillon Beebe got the call in net for the second game, letting in five goals on 50 shots.

The Border Bruins will be looking to turn things around as they travel to Nelson on Friday to face the Leafs before returning back home for a rematch against the Castlegar Rebels on Saturday. The games are streamed online with a subscription to HockeyTV.