Even though the team was knocked out of provincials, Meadow Lake’s Sr. Broncos’ head coach Winston Morin said he was content with the team’s hard-fought performance.
The Broncos were up against the Hague Sr. Royals this weekend. Saturday’s game was a must-win for the best-of-three series, and the Broncos managed a 3-2 victory with an overtime goal by DJ King. This sent them to Hague for the final game Sunday, which again went into OT, where the Royals won 2-1 on a power play goal.
Morin said Saturday’s game was an exciting one for both the team and the local fans, who packed the Meadow Lake and District Arena.
“On Saturday we felt good,” he said. “I thought we controlled the game, out-shot them pretty good and did everything right. They fought hard too. The fans can take credit for the great atmosphere. We could sure feel they were behind us the whole game.”
Despite Sunday’s loss, he said the team did exceptionally well, which the close score shows. Both teams scored in the first period, and the winning goal was tipped in during overtime.
“The effort was there,” Morin said. “Our goaltending was excellent all weekend. The boys put everything into it. We outplayed them five-on-five, we had most of the play. We did good, but in overtime that's how things can happen. Even though we don’t like to lose, it’s sure nice to be in those real competitive games."
The Broncos will be now focussing on the playoffs for the Beaver Lakes Hockey League, and aiming to win the league title for a third year in a row. Morin said the team will meet the Whitefish Flyers in the first semi-final best-of-five round. The schedule is yet to be officially confirmed, but could start as early as this weekend.
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