The Humboldt Broncos continued their pursuit for first place in the SJHL win their fourth straight win and ninth victory in their last 10 games.
The Broncos hosted the Notre Dame Hounds on Tuesday, February 15th and skated away with a 6-3 victory. It was the eighth win over the Hounds in nine games this season.
Lucas Ceccarelli scored his league-leading fourth shorthanded goal off a beautiful pass from Ethan Zielke who collected his league-leading sixth shorthanded point to open the scoring. The Broncos continued to push the pace in the opening period with two goals just 18 seconds apart from Braiden Koran (23) and Connor McGrath (28) to take a 3-0 lead heading into the second.
McGrath added his second goal of the game when he was sprung on a breakaway led by Cage Newans and Nicksha Eric to give the Broncos a daunting 4-0 lead. However, the Hounds, who are fighting for the 8th and final playoff spot, didn’t let the lead deter them and came storming back. Nolan Coventry and Antoine St. Onge scored back-to-back goals late in the second period to add some intensity heading into the third.
The Hounds nearly evaporated the Broncos four-goal lead in the final frame. They fought back to within one goal, curtsey of Elliot Dutil’s 30th of the season, but that was as close as they would get.
Alex Morozoff gave the Broncos some breathing room, and then subsequently scored the empty net goal for this 15th and 16th of the year and a 6-3 Broncos victory.
With the win, the Broncos improved their overall record to 38-12-0-0, moving them back into a tie with the Estevan Bruins for first place in the SJHL. Both teams sit with 76 points, however, the Bruins have one game in hand. The Broncos have the edge in the season series defeating the Bruins 3 out of 4 games.
Humboldt heads back on the road for a pair of weekend matchups in Nipawin on Friday, followed by Kindersley on Saturday.