Written by: Rory McGouran
It was a prototypical preseason game for the Humboldt Broncos on Saturday night as they fell to the Kindersley Klippers 2-1 in the second of five exhibition games this season.
There was nothing alarming or any cause for concern, just not the cleanest of games for the Broncos in Kindersley; but that’s what the preseason often brings.
A week removed from training camp and a roster still undergoing constant oversight, the chemistry will continue to grow for the green and gold. There’s no debating the breakouts, transitions, and offensive attacks will need to be more precise in order to find consistent success come regular season puck drop on September 23rd. However, the compete level was evident, the goalies played up to the expected standards, and the Broncos will look to build off their second tune up test and move forward.
The Klippers opened up the scoring on the powerplay in the first period with Logan Cox redirecting a pass into the back of the net for his second goal in as many games.
The Broncos answered back on their own man-advantage. Maddox Amaral, who was playing his first game of the preseason, fired a laser shot blocker-side and tied the game at one apiece.
Three goalies took part tonight between the two teams,
Logan Falk was between the pipes for the Klippers and stopped 39 of 40 in a solid outing. Meanwhile the Broncos split their duties between Aidan Fischer and James Hunt. Fischer started, allowing the first goal and turning aside 21 of 22, Hunt followed, allowing the second, and stopping 14 of 15.
In the second period, Kindersley native and rookie, Cam Perlinger seemed to have banked a puck from behind the net that ricochet off a defenseman’s leg and behind Hunt for the eventual game winner.
The Broncos powerplay went 1/2, while their PK went 4/5.
Next up is a new preseason opponent with the Battlefords North Stars visiting the EPA on Tuesday, September 12th.