DULUTH - The Falls High School girls' hockey team ended its season Friday, falling 5-1 to the Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers in the quarterfinals of the Section 7A Tournament.
- Taylor Sears at 13:51 into the second period
The Broncos spent a lot of time on their end of the ice in the first period. The Hilltoppers peppered the Bronco goal with shots, getting a goal in the opening minutes of the game.
The Hilltoppers followed up by getting another goal in the closing minutes of the period, heading into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
The Broncos came out with more offensive urgency in the second period, firing shots at the Hilltopper goal.
While the Hilltoppers added one more goal in the second period, senior defender Taylor Sears caught the puck as it deflected off the Hilltopper goalie's glove and put it into the net to give the Broncos their only goal of the night seconds later.
However, the Broncos struggled offensively in the third period, only managing to get one shot on the Hilltopper goal.
"We came out flat-footed in the first, then we came out firing in the second but by the third period we were definitely tired," senior forward Grace Bragg said. "The other team worked hard just as we did but it comes down to which team wants it more."
A tearful Bragg said she is thankful for her years in Bronco hockey, sharing the best memory of her career.
"There are so many, but I will always remember scoring my first varsity goal against Pequot Lakes," she said.
Head coach Michele McDonald said even though the game didn't go their way, she is proud of her players' effort, not only in Friday's game but throughout the season.
"These kids played hard," she said. "Every period they showed up. At the end of the day that's all we coaches can ask for."
With this being her first year as Bronco head coach, McDonald said this will be a team she will always hold dear.
"It's definitely a team I won't forget," she said. "We have some really hard workers, some really great leaders and they've been teaching me as much as I've been teaching them."
The Broncos ended their season with a 9-12-1 record.