Written by: Rory McGouran
Photo by: Marla Possberg
The feeling of comfort above the playoff line got slightly slimmer over the weekend.
The Humboldt Broncos dropped their second straight game in a 5-2 loss against the visiting Weyburn Red Wings on Saturday, February 8th.
The Broncos got the game’s first goal as Tristan Shewchuk tucked home his 25th of the year, but after that, it was tough breaking through the stifling Wings’ structure. Weyburn scored two-goal late in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the second period.
There were no goals scored in the middle frame, but the Broncos weren’t without their chances, accumulating 28 shots through two periods.
In the third, Weyburn found insurance off the stick of defensemen Kabir Gill to stretch their lead to 3-1. After the Red Wings scored an empty-net goal to make it 4-1, Doug Scott added a marker fro Humboldt to get back within two goals. However, the same result happened the second time the Broncos pulled the tender, and another empty-net goal sealed the deal in a 5-2 victory for the Red Wings.
Douglas Wakelyn stopped 51 of 53 shots faced for Weyburn in just his third appearance, while Broncos’ goalie, Michael Harroch, made 22 saves on of 25 shots seen.
With the top-8 teams advancing to the post-season, the window for playoff security got ever-so slighter. The Broncos now lead the 8th place Estevan Bruins by a single point and the 9th place Kindersley Klippers by 6 points.
The Broncos have a busy long-weekend on the horizon with three home games in store. They will host the Yorkton Terriers on Friday, February 14th, before welcoming in Nipawin on Saturday and Kindersley on Monday.