Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

BHP Recap: Broncos Take Down Top Seed Bombers

Ben Motew turned away 37 of 38 shots in the 3-1 victory. Photo: Marla Possberg Photography

The Humboldt Broncos picked up their biggest win of the season, diffusing the nation’s top-ranked Flin Flon Bombers 3-1 on Thursday night.

It was the 4th meeting of the season between the two clubs, with the Bombers winning the prior three. However, this was the first time the Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt was home ice.

Maddox Amaral scored his 13th of the season, matching his career-high set last year as a rookie, to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.

In the middle frame, Travis Bryson, the SJHL’s leading rookie scorer, netted his 19th of the year on the powerplay to elevate the Broncos to a 2-0 lead heading into the third.

It was by far the Broncos most discipline game in recent memory, completely staying out of the penalty box until just seven seconds remained in the second period.

Flin Flon trotted out their 1st place powerplay to open the 3rd period, and Jacob Vockler cut the lead in half with his league leading 38th powerplay point.

Although the Broncos took two more penalties in the final frame, the killed them both, and were backstopped throughout 60 minutes by a sensational performance of Ben Motew, who stopped 37 of 38 shots.

Amaral added his second of the game in the empty net to seal a 3-1 victory.

The victory propelled the Broncos back into 3rd place in the SJHL standings. They will look to remain there on Saturday when they host the La Ronge Ice Wolves.