Bronco boy’s hockey grind out win over Muskies

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - SPORTS - RYAN STELTER rstel­[email protected]­media.com

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.

RYAN STELTER/DAILY MINER AND NEWS/ POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

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.

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