The Falls High School boys' hockey team lost its eighth-straight game Saturday afternoon, falling to the Crookston Pirates 6-3.
The loss puts the Broncos' record at 7-14-1.
- (power play) Jaxon Germain (assisted by Joe Glowack and Kian Gonzales) at 16:42 into the first period
- Jordan Smith (assisted by Joe Glowack) at 6:07 into the second period
- (power play) Brenden Benike (assisted by Joe Glowack and Travis Kalar) at 14:01 into the second period
The Pirates were able to get on the board early, scoring a goal three minutes into the game. They followed up by getting another goal 15 minutes into the first period.
The Broncos responded a minute later, with junior forward Jaxon Germain getting a power play goal.
In the second period, the Pirates got a momentum swing by scoring a short-handed goal in the first minute.
The Broncos had a better offensive presence in the second period, making 14 shots on goal compared to eight in the first.
The Broncos cut the Pirate lead to one after sophomore forward Jordan Smith found the back of the net.
Both teams would score one more goal each in the second period, with junior forward Brenden Benike scoring a power play goal 14 minutes in.
The Broncos would find opportunities at the Pirate goal but were unable to capitalize, while the opposing team got two more goals to seal the win.
Head coach George McDonald said he thought the Broncos worked hard during Saturday's game, but they fell into their usual pitfalls.
"I thought for the most part we worked real hard but once again we failed to capitalize on our chances," he said.
McDonald said there are a few things the Broncos need to work on if they want to end the season with some wins and to get some momentum heading into the playoffs.
"We need to eliminate mistakes such as turning the puck over in our own end and create more opportunities by going to the net and getting some of those dirty goals," he said.
The Broncos were back in action Tuesday when they hosted the Greenway Raiders, the results of which were unavailable at press time.