The Humboldt Broncos dropped their opening game of the semi final series against the visiting Flon Flon Bombers 3-1 on Friday, April 1.
The Broncos advanced to the second round of the SJHL playoffs after defeating the La Ronge Ice Wolves in 6 games. Meanwhile, the Bombers had similar success, taking care of the Battlefords North Stars in 6 games.
In game one, the Bombers special teams were the dictating factor in their ability to pull away with the victory.
Three powerplays in the first period led to goals from Reece Richmond (1) and Jaeden Mercier (1) for a 2-0 Bombers lead heading into the second period.
Over the remainder of the game, the Broncos were the more complete team and won the majority of the puck-possession battle. However, the difficulties of finding open opportunities in dangerous scoring areas were evident, being successfully limited by a large Bombers’ team.
The Broncos were able to cut the lead to one goal when Braiden Koran (2) tipped home a point shot on the powerplay early in the third to make it 2-1, but were unable to beat goaltender Cal Schell from there on out.
Drew Kuzma capped the game with an empty net goal.
Shell stopped 36 of 27 shots faced for the Bombers. Rayce Ramsay turned aside 25 of 27 for the Broncos.
This was the 5th straight win for Flin Flon in the playoffs as they open a 1-0 series lead.
Game two will take place the following night as the Broncos look for the split at home.