Update: Bruins acquire a big forward from Alberta; deal Leslie to Manitoba

The Estevan Bruins have made their first transaction on the Dec. 1 deadline day.

The club has acquired 2001-born forward Erik Boers from the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

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Boers, 6’4”, 235-pound forward, has tallied five points (three goals and two assists) in 17 games this season for Camrose. The 18-year-old played midget AAA last season with the St. Albert Raiders, alongside current Bruins forward Brady Nicholas, and was the Raiders captain.

Boers scored 28 points (15 goals and 13 assists) in 33 games and added 10 points (four goals and six assists) in 11 playoff games as St. Albert lost in the league final.

The Raiders also claimed the championship at the annual Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament in Calgary.

The Bruins have also dealt forward Kolton Leslie to the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations. Leslie, a 19-year-old forward from B.C., was in his second year with the Bruins. He had two goals and two assists in 21 games played this season.

The Terriers are hosting the Centennial Cup national junior A championship in 2020, and are currently first in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

The Bruins need to have their roster trimmed to 25 players by the end of the day. The club currently has 26 players

The Mercury will have updates about other transactions as they become available.

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On the ice, the club split their games this weekend, losing 7-4 to the Flin Flon Bombers Friday night, but recovering to edge the Notre Dame Hounds 3-2 Saturday night.

Estevan had a 4-2 lead at one point on Friday night, but gave up a goal late in the second and four in the third to the high-scoring Bombers.

Kolten Leslie, Tyler Savage, Cody Davis and Griffin Asham-Moroz had the Bruin goals.

Cole Rafuse had a hat trick and two assists for the Bombers, while Chase Haygarth scored twice. Matt Raymond and Tristan Lemyre had the other Bomber goals.

Keenan Rancier stopped 34 shots for the Bruins.

Jayden Davis and Troy Hamilton scored in the third period for Estevan in the win against Notre Dame. Hamilton’s goal with 6:11 to play in the third was the game winner.

Tanner Manz’s marker early in the first period was the Bruins other goal.

Curtis Wiebe and Sho Takai scored for Notre Dame.

It was a chippy contest, especially in the second half of the first period when the Bruins were shorthanded for more than seven minutes. They were also two players shorthanded for 1:39 late in the third period; Takai scored when the Bruins were down two players.

Rancier made 38 saves in the victory.

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