Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

BHP Recap – Mustangs Squeak Out Shootout Win over Broncos

The Broncos are over the midway hump of the preseason.

The third of five tune-up games prior to the regular season puck drop took place at the Elgar Petersen Arena on Wednesday, September 7th as the Broncos welcomed the Melfort Mustangs.

In a low scoring, evaluation type of game, the Mustangs came away with a 2-1 shootout victory.

Logan Cox, one of Melfort’s six returning players in the lineup on Wednesday, scored the only goal in the first period to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead heading into the second.

Humboldt native, McLaren Paulsen was able to tie the game in the middle frame with his first goal of the pre-season.

The Broncos were outshot by the Mustangs 14-7 in the opening period. The final 40 minutes were a different story, as Humboldt controlled a higher percentage of the play and outshot the Mustangs by a combined 26-10 over the next two periods.

The third period and overtime solved nothing, and for the first time for either team, they got to evaluate some of their potential shootout experts come regular season.

Landon Stromme, Maddox Amaral, and Alex Saretzky were all unable to capitalize for the Broncos. Meanwhile, Dawson Leroux and Trenton Curtis, two returning Mustangs, were also stopped by Bronco’s goalie, Mason Lobreau.

It took the final shooter to decide a victor, as 2006 born forward Riley Ashe, the youngest player on the ice on Wednesday, provided the only goal and secured the 2-1 win for the Mustangs.

The Broncos will now turn their attention to hosting the Kindersley Klippers on September 9th, before meeting the Mustangs once more on Saturday, September 10th in Melfort for the final preseason game.