Boise State Hockey Club the sat confidently at 4-2 last Thursday’s game against Brigham Young University.
But that wasn’t enough for the Broncos. Boise State finished with a 2-1 record of a three game series vs. BYU, Western Washington University and Santa Clara Junior College.
In the first game vs. BYU, a rivalry of the men’s club hockey team, both teams were playing very aggressively, fighting to get in leading position.
The Broncos came out hot, scoring two goals and finishing out the first period above the BYU Cougars 2-1. The two goals were scored by freshman center Cody Gut and freshman left wing Tyler Kendall.
The second period was a mirror reflection of the first period when it came to scoring. Gut continued his great performance with another goal, while sophomore right wing Morgan Cunningham scored his first goal of the night.
The third period was all about the defense and limiting penalties, which the Broncos excelled at. Boise State wouldn’t allow another goal in the third period, making the final score against BYU, 4-3.
Junior goalie Will Gagnon held the Cougars back while accumulating 30 saves on 33 shots.
In Boise State’s second game vs. Western Washington University, it was nothing short of a storybook ending for the Broncos.
In the first period it was a dead-even fight between both teams, leaving the score 0-0. It was a period full of defense, but also from penalties as both teams weren’t backing down to one another, causing multiple fights.
As emotions were running high, the Broncos headed into the second period. Finally, offense emerged for both Boise State and WWU. At the end of the second period, the score was 2-2. Rusty Costello, junior defensemen and J.T. Smith, junior left wing, were credited for both of the Broncos scores.
Defense would once again be the story in the third, as both teams went scoreless leading into overtime. But it seemed the hockey gods had something different in mind for Boise State and WWU. Neither team scored in overtime, which meant the fan-favorite, shoot-out.
The energy in Century Link Stadium was electric, as the crowd roared into the first shoot-out attempt. Both teams would go on to make their first shots, Kevin Costello scoring for the Broncos. On WWU’s rebuttal shot against the Broncos, freshman goalie Josh Benton made the crucial stop. Allowing for Gut to make the game-winning shot of the shoot-out, Boise State won 5-4.
Coming off a huge victory vs. WWU, the Broncos headed into the third and last game of the series vs. Santa Clara.
Santa Clara came out firing on all cylinders, gaining a quick 3-point lead within six minutes of the 1st. But the Broncos held them to only those scores, headed into a 3-0 Santa Clara lead into the second period.
In the second period, the Broncos played much better defense, only allowing 1-point with a point scored by Gut, making it a 1-1 game going into the third and final period.
The Broncos attempted to pull the massive comeback as Eric Haskins, junior forward and Matt Heady, senior forward both scored a point, but it was too much in the end to overcome. The Broncos fell in the end 5-4 to
The Broncos sit at a phenomenal 6-3 record as they head into the heavily publicized and rivaled game vs. University of Idaho in Century Link on Nov 10.