Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

BHP GAME RECAP: Ramsay Shines as Broncos Best Bruins to Reclaim First Place

Rayce Ramsay stopped 39 of 40 shots to give the Broncos a 4-1 win over the Estevan Bruins. Photo Credit: Marla Possberg Photography

Rayce Ramsay stole the show.

The Broncos’ goaltender turned aside 39 of 40 shots in one of his best performances of the year, curbing the Estevan Bruins attack en route to a Broncos 4-1 victory on home ice.

With the win, the Broncos improved to 24-8-0-0, breaking a tie with the Bruins to regain sole possession of first place in the SJHL. This was the fourth and final game between the two clubs, with the Broncos coming out victorious in three of them.

Connor McGrath started the scoring with his 15th goal of the year in the first period. Alec Saretzky netted his 20th in the second period to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead. However, the insurance goal and the two-goal lead were short lived as the Bruins’ league-best powerplay capitalized with Eric Pearce’s fifth of the season, cutting the lead to 2-1 heading into the third.

In the final frame, Ramsay was unbeatable. Canada’s leader in wins in all of Junior A hockey (23), stopped a furious Estevan attack, denying all of the Bruins’ 15 shots which included numerous grade-A scoring chances in the period.

The Bruins elected to pull the goalie twice in the final minutes of the game, and both times the Broncos were able to find the back of the empty net. Ethan Zielke scored his 4th of the year, and Nicksha Eric added his 3rd for one of the biggest victories of the season for the green and gold.

The Broncos have three games remaining before the Christmas break, stating with a divisional match against the Kindersley Klippers at home on Tuesday, December 14th.