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BHP Recap: Orchard’s Hat-trick, Ramsay’s Shutout Leads Broncos to Season Sweep of Hawks

Jerzy Orchard scored his first career SJHL hat-trick in the Broncos 6-0 win over the Nipawin Hawks. Photo Credit: Marla Possberg Photography

The Humboldt Broncos swept their season series with the Nipawin Hawks in emphatic fashion, picking up a 6-0 shutout victory on the road Friday night.

The Broncos secured their 5th straight win on the season and defeated the Hawks in all four games this year.

Jerzy Orchard scored his second goal of the season in his 16th game since being acquired in a trade from the BCHL. He immediately threw the monkey off his back, and fair to say he tossed it right out of the building, as he would complete his first career SJHL hattrick later in the game.

The Broncos came out in the second period with a 1-0 lead and continued to build upon it with bookending goals. Orchard scored his second of the game in the opening minute, and Lucas Ceccarelli picked up his 17th of the season in the final minute for a 3-0 lead heading into the third.

Connor McGrath became just the third player to hit the 30-goal mark in the SJHL this season early in the third. McGrath extended his goal scoring streak to five games with eight goals throughout that stretch to give the Bronco’s 4-0 lead. Just 10 seconds later, Orchard completed his hattrick for a 5-0 lead.

Rayce Ramsay, albeit not overly busy, was rock solid throughout, stopping all 22 shots faced for his 36th win and 4th shutout of the season.

Ceccarelli added his second of the game as a night-cap, towards a full team effort which improved the Bronco’s record to 39-12-0-0.

They currently sit two points back of the Estevan Bruins for first place in the SJHL.

The Broncos are back in action the following night as they’ll travel to Kindersley to take on the Klippers. It will be the first of four meetings between the two clubs in the final seven games for the Broncos.