The Broncos have found their footing in 2022.
After opening the new year with a 1-3 start, the Broncos have rattled off four straight wins, most recently against the Notre Dame Hounds in a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night.
Penalty troubles presented themselves early in the game for Humboldt. Cage Newans took a double minor for high-sticking followed by a hooking call against Nicksha Eric to put the Broncos on a lengthy 5-3 kill.
The Broncos were able to stave off the undiscipline start. However, it wasn’t the penalty kill that was costing the Broncos, it was the powerplay that gave up two short-handed goals on the night. The first of which came off the stick of Brendan Kerr’s for a 1-0 Notre Dame lead.
With just over one minute left in the opening period, Braiden Koran banged home his 19th of the season off a Rhett Gibson rebound to tie the game and take the momentum heading into the second.
The middle frame brought a pair of firsts for the Broncos as they opened the goal scoring floodgates.
Connor Casparie scored his first career Jr. A goal in his 46th game (35th with the Broncos after spending 11 in the AJHL in 2020/21). Jerzy Orchard followed by netting his first as a Bronco in game number seven since being acquired through a trade from the BCHL. The Broncos then went up 4-1 with Lucas Ceccarelli’s second shorthanded goal of the season and his 15th in total.
Defenseman, Quinn Myles who was out of the lineup the last four games, finished with a pair of assists.
The Hounds were the lone team to find the back of the net in the third period with yet again another shorthanded goal, this time by Kevin Anderson. However, the comeback was short-lived.
Rayce Ramsay collected his 30th win of the season, stopping 39 of 41 on Tuesday. Ramsay moved 10 wins above the second-place goaltender in that category.
The Broncos improved their first-place record to 32-11-0-0 and will have back to back games this weekend against the Yorkton Terriers and Weyburn Red Wings.