Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Questionable calls capsize Broncos in game one



The Broncos scored twice with the man advantage in Friday’s game one of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) semi-final in Nipawin but a power-play goal for the Hawks gave them a 3-2 victory.

Nipawin scored the first goal, Tyler Adams beat Parker Tobin with a wrist shot while the Broncos were on the power-play at 14:51 of the first frame.

The game remained 1-0 until Adams drilled Brayden Camrud from behind just past the game’s halfway point. The 20-year-old was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Conner Lukan scored his first goal of the playoffs at 15:03; Bryce Fiske put the Broncos up 2-1 just 33 seconds later with his first of the playoffs as well. Logan Schatz drew assists on both goals, the captain said they regrouped after a slow first.

“The guys battled really hard tonight, we didn’t have the greatest start to the game, but we went into the room and realized as a group we could do better,” he said.

The Broncos held the one-goal cushion until Nipawin had goaltender Declan Hobbs on the bench for an extra attacker. Thomas Lenchyshyn jumped on a rebound in front of Tobin tying the game at 2-2 with under two minutes to play.

The clubs traded chances throughout the fourth period, Schatz was forced to leave the game for a portion of the period after he was hit with a high-stick. The play that wasn’t called a penalty knocked out several teeth and left a trail of blood towards the exit gate as the Allan product left for repairs with athletic therapist Dayna Brons.

Michael Grant ended the game at 2:33 of double-overtime while the Hawks were on their seventh power-play and second of extra-time. Schatz said the way the Broncos lost left as bad taste in their mouths.

“They found a way to win tonight with a couple power-plays in overtime, it was tough,” he said.

The Broncos were 2/4 with the man advantage, Nipawin had the game’s final four power-plays, they finished 1/7.

Tobin was spectacular making 44 stops, Hobbs made 33 stops in the win.

Game two is Saturday in Nipawin, face-off is 7:30 p.m. The series shifts to the Elgar Petersen Arena on April 3 and 4.