The Humboldt Broncos split their weekend efforts with a loss on the road and a hard fought victory back home.
The Kindersley Klippers dumped the Broncos 5-3 on Friday night. Alec Saretsky's game-opening goal set up the Broncos with the only scoring of the first period. Kindersley’s Logan Cox tied the score early in the second, but Saretsky potted his second of the night, and the ever-present Jacob Boucher handed the Broncos a 3-1 lead after 2.
The Klippers regrouped in the final frame, tying it up on goals from Kayden Ostrom and Spencer Paplawski. It was Kash Arntsten that beat out Humboldt goalie Tristan Boileau for the go-ahead goal with Paplawski cashing in an empty netter for insurance.
Fans were treated to a bounce-back in a couple respects on Saturday. It was a different looking Nipawin Hawks team in the EPA than the one the Broncos pummeled a week ago in the Centennial Arena, despite falling to the Broncos 5-4. The Hawks ground their way back into the game after the Broncos’ Jacob Boucher scored within the first minute. The trademark early attack was negated by three consecutive Hawks goals in the first and early part of the second periods.
Cage Newans cut the Hawks lead to one in the second to make 3-2 going into the third, where the Hawks restored the two point lead, courtesy of Carson Dobson.
The Hawks got caught on a three on two breakaway in a power play situation, and Xavier Roy started the comeback. Scant seconds later, Ben Kotylak popped one past Hawks netminder Nolan MacDowall for the tie. With five minutes left on the clock, Sam Marburg wheeled past the Hawks defense for the game winner.
The Broncos clearly showed the late game resilience they’d shown earlier in the season, determining their own fates in the final frame. Next action is Wednesday as the Broncos head to Yorkton to face the Terriers at 7:00 pm, and then it’s back to home ice for a few rounds with the Battlefords North Stars.