Broncos blank Beardy’s 4-0 in BLHL action
by Derek Cornet
It was all defence behind the Meadow Lake Broncos’ 4-0 victory Nov. 15 against the Beardy’s Blackhawks in Beaver Lakes Hockey League action.
“I just played a good defensive game,” said forward Eric Alger who was voted the game’s most valuable player. “We were trying to run a two-on-two system where two guys were going in high and we kept one high man to block their d-man the whole game from making a stretch pass. That was my job and I think I accomplished it.”
The match took place on Flying Dust First Nation and, by the end of the second period, the Broncos were up 2-0 and, in the end, the Broncos won 4-0. Jordan Oystrick scored twice while Tyler Wilson and Quincy Winkler had one each.
Alger noted the team has been able to do well because of the guidance from senior players.
“We have some pretty experienced guys on the team like Ray Esau and Rick Dallyn who are helping quite a bit,” he said. “It helps a lot when Darryl (Worms) is here too.”
Esau agreed the win against the Blackhawks was largely due to strong defence.
“We did a good job at shutting them down,” Esau said.
Since the Broncos were defeated 9-3 by Big River Nov. 8, Esau said the team has also been working on staying in position. He added it’s important players worry about their own position on the team and let the rest of game take care of itself.
Interim-coach Darryl Worms said the team’s performance was different in the Nov. 15 game because key players were in the lineup. Worms went on to say the game played was what fans could expect from the team and he praised the performance from his players.
“We have a really good defensive team,” Worms said. “We can score goals when we need to. We’re not flashy – we’re gridiron.”
Worms felt the 4-0 win was right for the team and the shutout was well-deserved by Dallyn. He also noted the game featured a newcomer to the roster, Randy Lariviere, and described him as a solid defenceman who moves the puck well.
Worms noted a coach for the Broncos could also be announced by the end of the month. He added management has a candidate in mind, but a decision hasn’t been made.
Next action for the Broncos is Saturday, Nov. 22 when they host the North West Rebels.