Written by: Rory McGouran
The Humboldt Broncos didn’t leave any room for leftovers with their 7-1 Sunday feast over the Notre Dame Hounds.
Improving to 4-0 and facing the Hounds for the third time of the season, the Broncos cleared the table for their division rival, leaving the Humboldt fans full and satisfied.
Maddox Amaral set the silverware, scoring his first of the season on a goal-mouth scramble. Then the head of the table, the captain, Cage Newans, fired a powerplay one-timer passed Johann Tremblay-Kau to lift the Broncos to a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.
The Broncos have now scored the first goal in all four games this season.
In the second frame, the Broncos kept on cooking.
Newans, who was nestled home in his kitchen, scored his second goal of similar fashion on another Broncos’ powerplay. Brayden Skogstad then followed by finding the leftovers of his own shot to stuff home a rebound and ‘thanksgive’ the Broncos a 4-0 lead.
Notre Dame secured their first goal of the game on their own powerplay as Vincent Palmarin scored his first of the year.
The Broncos, as they have all season, took care of dessert in the third period. Prior to the game, the Broncos have outscored their opponents 7-1 in third period play. This frame was no different.
Connor Thue, who following the game was named the SJHL Defenseman of the Week, scored two consecutive goals, his first tallies as a Bronco.
The Thanksgiving dishes were done by Chase Cooke. Cooke had been rehabilitating an injury since April 4th, and in his first game back, he added the final words around the table with his second career Bronco goal for a 7-1 finish.
Ben Motew stopped 16 of 17 in net for his fourth straight win.
The Powerplay went 2/5 while the penalty kill allowed one goal on six attempts.
With the victory, Humboldt remains one of two undefeated teams in the SJHL.
Hopefully the Broncos enjoyed their turkey, as they’ll try to carve the Red Wings of Weyburn on Wednesday.