The Leafs will play Game 5 in Nelson on Thursday after a loss Tuesday. Photo: Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette

Border Bruins force Game 5 against Leafs

Nelson will next play on home ice Thursday

The Nelson Leafs will need another chance to eliminate Grand Forks after falling 3-1 to the Border Bruins on Tuesday.

Josh Williams made 26 saves and Michael Bladon had the lone goal for the Leafs, who lead the series 3-1 and host Game 5 on Thursday night.

Riley Smoler scored twice and Keaghan Holub had a single to keep the Border Bruins alive. Ross King got the start and stopped 43 shots.

The Leafs were missing Ryan Piva, who was suspended one game for a fight during Game 3. Dash Thompson and Zach Morey continue to be sidelined, although Sawyer Hunt made his return to the lineup.

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