Their first post-season game was done early, as the Beckman boys laid a Mercy Rule 10-0 win on Monticello, May 20, at Beckman Field. It took just over four minutes into the second half to get the job done.
The 1-9 Panthers were no match for the fired-up Blazers, who scored their first two goals in the first three minutes. Lane Kramer entered the game and needed just seconds more to score the first on a pass from Trent Arens. Conner Grover followed that 20 seconds later with the second and most of the fans felt the game would be ended by halftime.
“But we needed like seven minutes to get the third,” smiled coach Mirek Laskowski.
The Blazers used a strong attacking offense, peppering the Panther keeper Alex Fagan with shot after shot, tallying 30 in the game. They spent the entire first half on their offensive side of the field, allowing the Panthers into their side only twice in the half. “Those were mistakes and they took advantage of them,” said Laskowski. But they could advance only so far as the Beckman defenders retook the ball and sent it back to the forwards, building an 8-0 lead by halftime.
Scoring for the Blazers, besides Kramer and Grover, were Ryan Burchard (the final two in the four minutes of the second half), Logan Burchard and Mitchell Naber two, Will Roling and Owen Huehnergarth one.
Tallying shots on goal were Bryce Boekholder six, Grover, Naber, Logan and Ryan Burchard and Trent Arens four, Roling two, Eric Heinrichs and Huehnergarth one. Sam Oberbroeckling, Logan Burchard and Naber all got an assist, Eli Dunkel, Arens and Grover two.
“This game went pretty much the way we expected it to go,” added Laskowski. “You can’t choose your post-season foes and games that are won that easily don’t teach us anything either. But I was proud of the boys because they played their game and didn’t drop to the level of the Monticello team. The goal for us in these early games is to take control and keep some of our starting players off the field to rest for the harder games that will be coming, probably starting Wednesday.”