The Humboldt Broncos Extended Camp wrapped up with a 5-2 victory for Team Green in the annual Green and Gold Game.
The Broncos welcomed 42 skaters to Humboldt for a weekend of inter-squad games, droping the puck on the 2020/2021 Main Camp. Following three games on each September 4 and 5, the Broncos slimmed the roster to the Top-28 for the Green and Gold Game.
Previous years would have set the Broncos starting camp roster at nearly double the amount, finishing with the Top-40 game. However, restrictions put in place stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic limited on-ice participants to 30.
Team Green jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals from returning Bronco, Max Gudnason, and Josh Parker, who dressed for the 18U AAA Sherwood Park Kings last season. Before the opening period concluded, second year Bronco, Braiden Koran scored for Team Gold to cut the lead in half.
The two teams exchanged goals in the middle frame. Luke Spadafora regained Green’s two goal lead, before former Weyburn Red Wing, Quinton Hill scored to make it 3-2.
In the third period, Team Gold made a strong push in search of the equalizer, but Saskatoon native, Jacob Hoffrogge netted insurance for Team Green and a 4-2 lead. Logan Kurki added an empty netter and Team Green claimed the Elgar Petersen Cup with a 5-2 victory.
“Overall, we were really happy with how the camp went and to see all the hard work these players have been putting in since March,” said Broncos Head Coach and GM, Scott Barney.
This is Barney’s third training camp in Humboldt, and second as the Head Coach. Although the format and number of prospects were overshadowed by past years, the compete level and tempo raised the bar.
“The tempo and skill level were the highest I’ve seen in my three training camps in Humboldt, especially the Green and Gold Game. We’re looking forward to seeing where the players stand in the coming weeks.”
With the 2020/2021 season start date currently up in the air. The Humboldt Broncos will proceed with main camp, carrying 28 skaters, as they await announcement from the SJHL and Saskatchewan Health Authority.