Bronco boy’s hockey grind out win over Muskies
The Beaver Brae Broncos boy’s hockey team battled their way to a 3-1 win over the Fort Frances Muskies Thursday, Nov. 29 at Thistle Arena.
Beaver Brae’s home opener was riddled with penalties, as the boys in purple and white were regular visitors of the penalty box. The tension was palpable between these two Northwest rivals, as there was plenty of extracurriculars after the whistle.
With 7:04 remaining in the third period Bronco forward Hayden Findlay pounced on a rebound and slipped the puck underneath Muskie goaltender Jaden Cooper to score the eventual game winner.
“That goal took so much pressure off me,” said Bronco goalie Kody Huber after facing 60 shots in the win.
Just 24 seconds later Bronco forward CJ Motlong made it 3-1 after he tapped home a rebound from a Ryan Davidson shot on the rush. Motlong tripped over Cooper and met his captain on his knees for a joyous embrace.
The Broncos seemingly played the whole game shorthanded, especially in the second period.
“I wasn’t very happy, but we managed to come out with a win,” Huber said of the penalties. “A win’s a win, but not the way I wanted the game to go.”
The penalty kill was well worked Thursday night and Broncos head coach Brooks Meija said postgame he was pleased with how they played. Beaver Brae’s first goal came shorthanded in the first period. Findlay intercepted a pass at the Muskie blueline and waltzed in unopposed. He sent Cooper to the rafters going backhand-forehand and slipping it into an empty net.
“It was good to see that our guys stuck with it,” Meija said.
“We gritted it out, it was a character win.”
The Broncos are off to a roaring start this season and are 3-0 on the year after Thursday’s win. Beaver Brae will not be back in action again until they head to Brandon, Man. for the Victoria Inn Tournament Dec. 6-9.
Bronco forward scores his first of two goal on a shorthanded breakaway in the first period in Beaver Brae's 3-1 win over the Fort Frances Muskies on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Thistle Arena.