Written by: Rory McGouran
The Humboldt Broncos are one of two teams with a perfect 2-0 record over the SJHL’s opening weekend.
The Broncos travelled to Wilcox, SK for a rematch with the Notre Dame Hounds and came away with a 6-3 victory after defeating the Hounds 5-0 on Saturday.
For the second straight game, the Broncos scored the game’s opening goal early in the first period. In his first shift of his first game back as a Bronco, Landon Stromme threw a puck to the front of the net that deflected off a defender and through the legs of goaltender, Jesse Pye for a 1-0 lead.
Jacob Lundeen tied the game, finding the puck from a stickless Matthew Van Blaricom and beating Ben Motew for his first career goal.
The Broncos added three more goals in the first period from Marik Mamic (2), Brayden Skogstad (1), and Travis Bryson (2), while the Hound’s second year forward Davis Sato helped keep the game in reach.
With the Broncos leading 4-2 at the start of the second frame, Notre Dame’s powerplay was the one thing keeping the game close. Cyprus Smith-Davis added their second powerplay marker of the game to cut the lead to 4-3.
Fortunately for the Broncos, that was as close as the Hounds would get.
Tristan Serrao, who had himself a three-point night to match his season total from last year in just one game, extended the lead to 5-3 with his first goal of the season to round out the second period.
The only goal scored in the third was Matthew Van Blaricom’s empty netter to seal the game in a 6-3 Broncos’ victory. Van Blaricom now leads the SJHL in scoring after the first weekend with 4 points in 2 games.
Special Teams was the one area that the Broncos didn’t excel in, their penalty kill allowed two goals on four times shorthanded, while their powerplay went 0/6.
Ben Motew stopped 21 of 24 for his second straight win to backstop the Broncos to a 2-0-0 record to start the season.
There will be a decent break in between games as the Broncos aren’t scheduled to hit the ice until Tuesday, October 3rd when they host the La Ronge Ice Wolves.