Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

BHP Recap: Broncos Extend Series, Force Game 6 with 4-2 Victory

Spencer Bell finished with 3 goals, Cage Newans with 3 assists in the Broncos 4-2 victory in Game 5. Photo: Marla Possberg Photography

Game 6 is coming back home to Humboldt.

Spencer Bell’s hattrick helped the Humboldt Broncos continue their season with a 4-2 win over the Melfort Mustangs in Game 5 of the Semi Final Series.

It was a story of three periods.

The Broncos looked engaged early on, controlled the Mustangs attack, and picked up the game’s opening goal with Bell’s first of three to take a 1-0 lead into the second.

The Mustangs countered hard in the middle frame, outshooting the Broncos 16-12 while finding the back of the net twice. Logan Belton tied the game on a defensive zone turnover by the Broncos. Ryan Duguay added his 5th goal of the series to take a 2-1 lead on a delayed penalty and the extra attacker on the ice.

With the Broncos season on the line, they had one more period to leave everything on the ice.

Ben Motew was the busier of the creased counterparts and made some curial game-saving stops while the score was 2-1, including a point-blank smother on Nolan Patterson in front of the net. That allowed the Broncos to turn to offense.

Spencer Bell scored his second, on the powerplay, jamming home a cross crease pass from Travis Bryson.

Maddox Amaral and Cage Newans went to the front of the net and banged home the go-ahead goal with less than 8 minutes remaining. Amaral was credited with his 6th of the postseason.

Humboldt was then able to stave off the aggressive Melfort attacks in attempt to tie the game. One play that stood out was Marik Mamic standing in front of potentially the SJHL’s hardest shot in Chase Friedt-Mohr. The blocked shot erupted the Broncos bench in support and on the next shift, Spencer Bell found the back of the empty net to seal the victory.

Cage Newans finished with 3 assists. Travis Bryson also chipped in a pair of helpers.

The Broncos powerplay was 1/3, while the Mustang failed their 3 attempts.

The Broncos now need a win on home ice on Sunday to force a final Game 7.