On Saturday, a rivalry was re-opened as the Boise State University Hockey Club went up against the University of Idaho in the annual Black and Blue rivalry game.
But some things are bigger than sports rivalries. For this game, all proceeds made were donated to Elks Meals on Wheels. This program is set-up to help deliver meals to over 800 elderly seniors in the Ada County region.
“That’s amazing, so much money to go to a great cause,” said junior defenseman Kevin Martinez.
All of the proceeds amounted to $18,000.
Both teams did their fair share in getting money donated.
However, only one team could come out with the victory; and it wasn’t even close.
In the 1st period, Broncos sophomore defenseman Kevin Costello was the first to score on either team; grabbing an early 1-0 lead. But the Vandals would strike back, evening the score at 1-1. Unfortunately for U of I, they wouldn’t score another point for the rest of the game.
The Broncos continued to add on to the lead in the 2nd period with goals from senior center Matt Nukaya-Heady and freshman forward Cody Gut.
The rivalry was visible in both teams as penalties started to come more often and both teams were clearly being more aggressive with one another. At the end of the 2nd, the score was 3-1.
The 3rd quarter would go on to end like the 2nd period, with the Broncos scoring two more points to the Vandals none. Both junior defensemen Claude Cardinal and sophomore forward Morgan Cunningham contributed one point each.
“It feels really good. It was the first time beating them in a year and a half, last time we beat them was in McCall,” said Costello.
At the end of the game, the final score was 5-1 with the Broncos dominating the entire game. With the Broncos win, they were awarded the Pulaski award.
The Pulaski award is an ax and is symbolically used to acknowledge strength, determination, teamwork and perseverance by wildlife firefighters.
After a huge 5-1 win against their biggest rival, the Broncos aren’t ready to settle from their key win.
“(The) team feels pumped but we are ready to play our next games…we are going to come out hard and beat Montana Tech,” said junior center Jared Hergesheimer.
The Broncos are now sitting at 6-5 on the year with an upcoming series against Montana Tech.
Boise State will look to continue their strong performance as of late and carry the momentum of the U of I victory for the rest of the season.