Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Victory Present for Elgar.

Written by: Rory McGouran

Photo by: Marla Possbery

It was a perfect present as the Broncos picked up a hard-fought victory on the birthday of the late Elgar Petersen.

The Humboldt Broncos wrapped up their road trip with a 4-1 win over the rival Notre Dame Hounds on Sunday, January 26th.

The three games in three days southern swing started with a 7-3 loss to Weyburn on Friday, January 24th. That was followed by a 6-5 overtime loss to the Estevan Bruins on Saturday, before picking up the ever-important victory on Sunday.

Logan Kurki scored in the first period for his 14th of the season. Kurki scored in every game during the weekend road trip, and the goal on Sunday snapped a streak of 8 consecutive games where the Broncos gave up the game’s opening goal.

After the Hounds tied the game in the second, Tristan Shewchuk banged home a rebound 25 seconds later to regain the lead.

In the third period, Cade Cavallini scored his first career SJHL goal in his 13th game with the Broncos. Cavallini tossed the monkey off his back in the process while providing Hubmodlt with some insurance. The game was iced later in the period as captain’ Graysen Cameron slid in an empty netter en route to the 4-1 win.

Broncos goaltender, Michael Harroch, whose seen his rookie season littered with injuries and sickness, was brilliant in the net in his first start since December 6th. Harroch stopped 32 of 33 shots faced for his first win since September 27th. The win also provided a perfect present to a city legend as it came on the birthday of the late Elgar Petersen.

With the win, the Broncos picked up three out of the six possible points on the road trip and gained some valuable separation from the Hounds, who are one of four teams on the outside looking into the playoffs.

This was the last long road trip for Humboldt this season, as 9 of their 12 remaining games will be at home inside the Elgar Petersen Arena.

The grouping in the middle of the SJHL standings is as tight as ever. The Broncos remain in 7th place in the league. However, they’re just four points back of 4th place and home-ice advantage in the playoffs, meanwhile, are only three points up on Estevan, who sit in the 8th and final playoff spot.

The Broncos are back in action on Tuesday, January 28th when they host the Kindersley Klippers. Tuesday’s matchup will have plenty in store for fans, including cake served during the intermission to celebrate the Broncos’ 50th anniversary and Elgar Petersen’s birthday, along with a silent auction to auction of the White away jerseys the team used this year.