Humboldt Broncos snap Battlefords North Stars winning streak with 5-0 win

First of all I want to start by giving a lot of credit to the Humboldt Broncos who played a fantastic game last night. I knew they had a good team and they have been playing well of late. But that was still impressive. That’s the best I think I have seen a team play against the North Stars in a long time. Now the North Stars weren’t very good and I think it was one of those cases where the Broncos were good, the Stars were bad and the result was lopsided. Give credit to the Broncos though for at least in part forcing the Stars to not play up to their best.

The first period was fairly even although Coach Hasselberg said after the game it wasn’t as even as the shots made it look. The Stars gave up a goal to the Broncos on their first shot. The Broncos dumped the puck into Stars territory and somehow it ended up loose in the slot. Matt Glowa skated onto the puck and beat Connor Creech. The Stars had chances to this the game and did outshoot the Broncos in the first but were unable to score. Blake Tatchell looked to have a step on the D and a possible breakaway but fell as he crossed the blue line. Another good chance for the Stars fell to Kyle Hall but he fanned on a one timer in the slot. Those errors would come back to haunt the Stars as the Broncos took over. A bg moment in the game came when Jared Samborski hit Taylor Johnson from behind. Samborksi clearly hit Johnson in the numbers although from my angle I didn’t see how hard he hit the Broncos forward. Doesn’t really matter though as the ref had no choice but to toss the young Stars forward. If you see a guys number you have to hold up.

The second period was one of the worst of the season for the Stars in part because the Broncos were moving the puck so much better than the road team. Because of that puck possession the Broncos were able to take it to the Stars and outshoot them 20-7. The 5 minute major that Jared Samborski picked up for that hit from behind carried over to the second frame and that gave the Broncos 4:25 to work on the man advantage to start the period. They took advantage when Matt Glowa scored his second of the game. Robbie Ciofli set that one up brilliantly as he showed great patience before sliding the puck cross crease. Glowa had a tap in. It was 2-0 at that point and I said on the broadcast that it was the next goal that would make the difference. The Broncos got it and you could see it coming by the way they were playing. Matt Backhouse and Taylor Duzan set up Andrew Johnston who scored his 20th goal of the season.

It was 3-0 heading to the third period and the Broncos didn’t let up. They scored twice more first when Robbie Ciofli set up Matt Backhouse who wired a slap shot over the glove of Connor Creech. Taylor Duzan rounded out the scoring. He’s been outstanding for the Broncos since coming over in a trade with Kindersley.

There was some rough stuff in the third when Andrew Herle was getting a penalty for charging Woody Klassen. Jake Daughtry immediately stepped up to protect his team mate and went after Herle who wanted no part of the fight. Daughtry continued to hound Herle so Josh Roach stepped in and dropped the gloves with Daughtry. Roach landed one punch before Daughtry lost his balance throwing a haymaker and that was about it for the fight. Later in the period after a hit Roger Tagoona dropped his gloves and tried to go after Herle but again the Wilkie native, with his team cruising to a 5-0 win, didn’t see the need to drop the gloves. Tagoona got 2 for roughing and a game.

The final shots favoured the Broncos 35-28. Deven Dubyk was good when called upon as he picked up his second shutout of the season. These two teams play again on December 21st a game that will be live on CJNB/CJNS and I can’t wait for that one. The Stars will hope to play a much better game against the Broncos. I really want to see what would happen if both teams played their best games. I don’t know who would win but the hockey would be spectacular.

Mike Feeney’s Unsung Hard Working Player of the Game:
Jake Daughtry. Stepped up to protect his team mate. Threw some hits. Drew a penalty. He was one of the few guys who I thought had a decent game.

The Stars will look to start a new streak against a very good team in a tough barn for road teams to find wins when they travel North to face La Ronge tomorrow night. That game is live on CJNB/CJNS starting with the Sasktel pregame show at 7:15. I hope you will join me for what should be a very good game.

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