Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Ramsay Shines in Shootout as Broncos Tame Ice Wolves 3-2

Logan Kurki celebrates his fourth goal of the season. Photo: Marla Possberg Photography

The Humboldt Broncos remain perfect on home ice.

It was the first meeting of the season between the Humboldt Broncos and the La Ronge Ice Wolves. Wednesday evening’s affair provided plenty of excitement for the fans in a 3-2 shootout victory for the hometown Broncos.

From the drop of the puck, the Broncos came out firing. A four-minute, double-minor high-sticking call led to two straight Broncos goals just 26 seconds apart.

Cage Newans banged home his third of the year to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead, then on the ensuing powerplay, Logan Kurki netted his fourth to give the Broncos an early 2-0 lead.

Goal scoring was sparse from there on out as both Broncos’ goaltender Rayce Ramsay and the Ice Wolves’ Xavier Cannon turned in stellar performances.

The Wolves cut the lead in half late in the first period thanks to Brandon Della Paolera’s forth of the season.

The score would remain 2-1 until 2:15 remaining in the third and final frame when a rebound bounced off Ramsay and right off the body of Ryley Morgan who tied the game up 2-2.

After three periods provided no winner, the Broncos were granted another double-minor powerplay based off a kneeing call to Conrad Mitchell. Unfortunately for the Broncos powerplay, which had gone 2/6 prior to that point, they were unable to capitalize, and the game would be solved in a shootout.

In the shootout, the goaltenders stole the show again.

Both Ramsay and Cannon denied the first three shooters both teams threw at them, leading to an even more dramatic finish.

The Broncos fourth shooter, Cage Newans, finally broke the deadlock beating Cannon off the far side post leaving Rayce Ramsay to close out the show. The Broncos netminder made no mistake, stopping Holden Knights and securing the Broncos 5th straight victory at home.

With the win, Humboldt improves to 8-4-0-0 on the season and will take on the rival Melfort Mustangs next in a weekend set on October 22nd and 23rd.