Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Humboldt Broncos win one and lose one in their pre-season exhibition series against the Melfort Mustangs

Humboldt Broncos vs Melfort Mustangs

September 7th at the Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt, SK

The Broncos came out with fire in their bellies on Friday night against the Melfort Mustangs before a appreciative home town crowd  — it was their only home exhibition game before the 2018-19 season begins on September 12th.

Seconds into the game, Bronco’s goalie Dane Dow made a spectacular glove save on a shot that was destined for the top corner.  Throughout the night he played with poise and panache — he’s definitely a Bronco to watch this season.

After a scoreless first period, the Broncos turned it on in the second. Two minutes into the 2nd, Kobelka scored  with assists by Camrud and Babbik.  Thirty-five seconds later Santalucia scored also assisted by Camrud and Babbik making it 2-0.

Spadfora, played a great physical game.  Short minutes after the Broncos first two quick goals, he made a great hit on a Mustang, got position in front of the net and drilled a shot into the top corner making it 3-0 Broncos.

At 8:02 in 2nd, Kobelka had a fantastic scoring chance missing an open top corner on a breakaway.

The overwhelmed Mustangs, started to take out their frustrations on the Broncos. One altercation resulted in Melfort’s Tibbats getting a 2:00 minute penalty for hitting from behind and also a game misconduct.

Late in the 2nd, Camrud drove home a blistering shot from the point making it 4-0.  He was assisted by Clarke and Franczak.

A couple of penalties late in the 2nd, resulted in the Broncos being down 5 on 3 as the period drew to a close.  Melfort’s Young scored a power play goal just prior to the buzzer — making the score 4-1 Broncos as they headed to the dressing room.

The Broncos kept up the pressure at the beginning of the 3rd. Camrud scored his second goal of the night making it 5-1.  He was assisted by Guenter.

Melfort began to wake up and Mustang’s Donald scored quickly to make it 5-2.

Kobelka answered back and got his second of the night — to put the Broncos up 6-2.  He was assisted by Blandon and Babbik.

Mustang’s Smith stole the puck on a heads up play and scored unassisted making it 6-3.

Answering back immediately, Bronco’s Clarke slammed one home, assisted by Kobelka and Sargent.  7-3 Broncos.

In the 3rd, with Broncos pressing on a power play, the Mustang’s Fisher stole the puck and scored shorthanded to complete the nights scoring.  The final score was 7-4 for the Broncos.

Camrud had a fantastic night with 2 goals and 4 points — he was chosen as the player of the game.

Melfort Mustangs vs Humboldt Broncos

Saturday, September 8th at the Northern Lights Arena in Melfort, SK

The Broncos had a tough night in Melfort on Sept 8th. Though they fought hard, Melfort came out playing a very physical and chippy game.

The larger, slower Mustangs dominated the pace of the game by making some ferocious hits and by constantly pushing, shoving and hacking behind the play. Seemingly the referees were oblivious to the Mustang’s antics, but always seemed to catch the Bronco player’s retaliation that happened as a result.

The Broncos spent a considerable time fighting off power plays and never really got their offence going throughout the game.

Melfort won the game 4-0.  Mustang goals were scored by: Meyers, Smith, and Stevenson scored twice.