Muskies beat Falls Broncos

Their most-anticipated rivalry of the season proved to be a great showdown Friday night as the Muskie boys’ hockey team pulled out a 5-4 win over the International Falls Broncos in exhibition action before a packed Ice for Kids Arena.
Although the Muskies drew first blood in the annual two-game showdown, head coach Shane Bliss wasn’t all that pleased.
“It was an exciting game to watch but very frustrating for us coaches,” he remarked. “We made foolish mistakes.”
The black-and-gold got on the scoreboard first when Tyler Miller netted a beautiful goal at 8:40 in the first period. Kevin Bobczynski drew the assist.
But the Broncos pulled even just 40 seconds later.
Although there was no other scoring in the first period, the game certainly didn’t lack excitement.
“They were really excited for this game,” Bliss said of his players. “They had a lot more energy.”
Miller gave the Muskies the lead again when he notched his second of the game at 10:42 of the second, assisted by Dan Chapman, before Josh Sigurdson took a clean pass from Brock Benjamin and made it 3-1 only seconds later.
After the Broncos drew within one with a power-play goal at 7:22, Sigurdson tallied his second of the night at 6:26 to give the black-and-gold another two-goal lead heading into the third period.
Matt Redford put the Muskies up 5-2 at 10:28 of the third, which proved to be the game-winner as the Broncos made it close with a pair of goals, including one with just 30 seconds left in regulation time.
“[We] played on emotion and adrenaline,” Bliss noted. “They [International Falls] caught us standing still a couple of times and that can’t happen.
“[The Broncos] are a stronger team than last year,” he added.
The two teams are scheduled to hook up again Feb. 17 over in the Falls.
“It will be tough to beat them on their ice,” Bliss remarked. “It will be a different experience and we’ll have to match up.”
The Muskies, meanwhile, resume NorWOSSA action tomorrow (Nov. 29) at 7:15 p.m. when the Dryden Eagles visit the Ice for Kids Arena.