Strong goaltending, good defence, and the drive to capture the Beaver Lakes Hockey League championship for a third year in a row led to a winning weekend for Meadow Lake’s Senior Broncos.
The team hosted the Sandy Lake Chiefs on Friday, March 9, then travelled Saturday, March 10 to play their rivals in the first two games of their best-of-seven series.
Head coach Winston Morin said Friday’s game was a close one, and said the goaltending for both teams was very strong. He said the Broncos worked hard for the 3-0 win, adding it was an exciting game to watch.
“Their goalie stopped a lot of pucks, but ours came up real hard when he had to,” he said. “He didn’t face many shots but they were pretty good shot when he did face them. Mike Opikokew had a real good weekend, both games actually. Their goalie faced 40 shots [on Friday] and didn’t give up much either.”
Morin said Saturday’s away game was a positive one for the Broncos, as they took the victory with a score of 8-3 against Sandy Lake. A different goalie minded the Chiefs’ net that evening, and Morin said their rivals had an extra line, but the Broncos managed to dominate play most of the game.
“We had three first year players are really picking up right now in the playoffs, they’re playing excellent,” he said. “Kole Norman, Jayden Trimble and Keaton Beaubien. They had strong games, especially Saturday night. For the future, it sure looks good.”
This coming weekend will see the same game pattern taking place. Broncos host on Friday, and travel to meet the Chiefs on Saturday. Depending on how the games go, the series could end this weekend, and Morin said the team will stay focused on strength.
“Just have to keep our nose to the grindstone, have a nice snappy practice and go from there,” he said.
The home game on Friday, March 16 at the Meadow Lake arena starts at 8:30 p.m.
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