M.L. Broncos in must-win provincial matchup against Hague

By Kathy Gallant
February 9, 2018 - 12:12pm

The Meadow Lake Sr. Broncos have a big game coming up tomorrow night in provincial ‘Senior A’ action.

After a rough-and-tumble first game last week against the Hague Sr. Royals, Broncos coach Winston Morin said the team practiced twice this week to prepare for this weekend in the next game in the best-of-three series.

“We seemed like we just couldn’t score in that last game,” he said. “They got three power goals and away they went. But the last half of the second period and in the third period we controlled the play, but just couldn’t score enough. The boys weren’t happy, but we came home and practiced the next day right away, and then had our regular Wednesday practice, and everybody’s confident and ready to go.”

He said the team focussed on chemistry in their lines, and also worked on strategy, as Hague’s goals were scored by the team’s top line.

“We concentrated on some defensive structures for this upcoming game,” Morin said.

The team has added four extra players to the roster to round out the team for provincials, which also helps as a couple key players were injured in that first matchup: team captain Taylor Arnold broke his collarbone and Steve Spencer broke his leg. Ryan Corrigal and Ricky Iron, who have been playing in Luseland this year, were added as forwards and Mike Siklenka and Logan Gorst are on defense. 

Morin said the team is also hoping having the home advantage will help during this key game as well.

“Also being in your home rink, where you know the ins and outs and how the boxes go and all the corners, that all helps a little bit too,” he said. “We hope to have a good crowd, and when the fans are behind us it helps us lots.”

If the Broncos are victorious on Saturday, they will be meeting the Royals back in Hague on Sunday.

 

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