Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

BHP Recap: Broncos Relish Home Return with 7-4 Win over Terriers

Spencer Bell finds the back of the net vs Yorkton Photo: Marla Possberg Photography

Written by: Rory McGouran

The Humboldt Broncos have finally returned home.

Coming out of a grueling stretch of road action with just one game at the Elgar Petersen Arena over a 37-day window, the green and gold fans have eagerly been anticipating the Broncos’ return to their home stables.  With four straight home games to wrap up the 2023 calendar, the Broncos returned in style, defeating the Yorkton Terriers 7-4 on Tuesday night.

The second meeting of the season between the Broncos and Terriers was a special teams driven, back-and-forth affair, that never really seemed out of the Broncos’ control throughout 60-minutes. However, it certainly had it’s ebbs and flows as the Broncos looked for some familiarity in front of their home town fans.

In total, 8 of the 11 goals were scored on special teams, and it started from the opening penalty of the game which featured a Broncos’ shorthanded marker by Spencer Bell (15) and a Terriers’ powerplay goal by Anthony Domina (6) to tie the game at 1-1.

Humboldt slanted the opening exchange of momentum into their favour midway through the first period.

Maddox Amaral banged home a rebound goal for his 8th goal of the season and Connor Miller followed with a high-slot powerplay tip for his 4th goal of the year.

In the second period, following the Broncos fourth goal of the game to take a 4-1 lead off the stick of another powerplay goal from Spencer Bell, Yorkton clawed their way back in the contest.

In a quieter game at the EPA with a reported attendance of 682, small details, penalties, and perhaps a lack of emotion through the second period, appeared to be the deterrent in allowing the Terriers back in the game.

Yorkton picked up two more powerplay goals from Dylan Ruptash (8) and defenseman Anthony MacIntosh (5). Sandwiched in-between was Jeff Hammonds 7th of the year, and three straight Terriers’ goals just 11 minutes apart sent a 4-4 tie into the third frame.

The Broncos have outscored their opponents 44-26 in third periods so far this season. They used dominant final frame efforts to win both games in La Ronge this past weekend, and once again dictated their style of play to regain control against Yorkton.

Connor Miller picked up his first career SJHL multi-goal game, adding the Broncos 3rd powerplay goal on the night. Jeter Korte the finished off a beautiful 3-way passing play from Ben Costantino and Spencer Hughes for his 7th of the season, and Cage Newans scored his 12th goal of the season and 9th on the powerplay to put the game out of reach, 7-4.

Newans finished the game with four points, while Spencer Bell collected another three points giving him 19 points in his last 8 games.

The Broncos powerplay clicked for four goals on eight attempts.

The penalty kill struggled allowing three goals on eight times shorthanded.

Aidan Fischer picked up his 7th win of the season, stopping 37 of 41 to improve his record to 7-2-0-0.

Three more home games will wrap up the Broncos pre-holiday schedule, staring with the Melville Millionaires on Saturday, December 8th in the annual Broncos’ Teddy Bear Toss game.