Unable to get the puck in the net, the International Falls Broncos girls hockey team fell short Friday to the Detroit Lakes Lakers, 5-0.
The Lakers took an early lead at Bronco Arena, scoring within the first two minutes of the game.
The Broncos were unsuccessful in retaliating, closing out the first period behind, 4-0.
Second period play only saw one puck slide past Bronco goalie Naomi Carradice, bringing the score to 5-0.
No scoring the third period brought the final score to 5-0 in favor of the visiting Lakers. Carradice recorded 50 saves in the loss.
While the varsity team recorded a loss, the junior varsity team won Friday night — a first in more than a year.
“That’s their first win in over a year,” head coach Michele McDonald said. “It was really nice for the coaches, the kids and the parents... It shows they work hard.”
With two games under the team’s belt this season, McDonald said the girls hockey program has some “decent numbers” on its roster and is optimistic about the rest of the season.
“We’re working really hard and building from every game,” she said.
Eight players on the junior varsity and varsity roster are just coming from the 12 and under program, which offers a learning curve.
“We’re working to combine older girls with the younger group,” McDonald said. “We’re striving to really build a strong community within our team and making sure the girls connect and work together.”
Regardless of winning or losing the coach said the biggest message she has for the girls is to show up and work hard at every practice and every game.
“When they do that, things start to click,” she said. “That’s when these girls will grow individually and as a team.”
The Broncos are back in action Thursday as they take on the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears in Eveleth.