A four point night by Tristan Shewchuk and the Humboldt Broncos’ offence proved too much for the Yorkton Terriers during opening night of the 2020/21 SJHL season.
The Broncos would score early and often. Starting just over three minutes into the first period, Carson Schultz would record his first career SJHL goal, tipping in a Jackson Bohan pass, giving the Broncos a 1-0 lead. Humboldt would extend the lead by scoring not once, but twice in quick succession on the powerplay. Logan Kurki would rifle home a wrist shot past Bond on a 5-on-3 powerplay, doubling the Broncos lead, and then Shewchuk would score 28 seconds later, redirecting a Doug Scott point shot to make it 3-0. The Terriers would get one back before the end of the period, Carson Miller would be left wide open in front of the net, burying a feed from Keenan Taphorn to cut the Bronco lead to 3-1.
Humboldt would continue their dominance in the second period. Stephane Huard Jr would be credited with a fortunate goal that saw the puck bounce off of multiple legs and in. Shewchuk would get the lone assist for his third point of the night. The Broncos would make it 5-1 when Luke Spadafora capitalized on a rebound, ending Terriers’ netminder Philippe Bond’s night. Ryan Ries would give Yorkton life. At 13:28 while shorthanded, Ries would jump on a rebound at the Humboldt and rifle the puck top corner over Bronco goaltender Tanner Marshall’s shoulder to make it 5-2. The Terriers pressed for a third goal, but after a terrific save by Marshall on Brett Kemp, and two breakaway goals 24 seconds apart by Shewchuk and Kurki, the Broncos would make it 7-2 heading into the third.
Yorkton would strike twice on the powerplay in the third period. Kemp would make good after receiving a seam pass by Eric Van Impe, and Carson Miller would get his second of the night 1:38 later.
Marshall would stop 39 of 43 shots in the win, while Philippe Bond 10 of 15 in the loss. Jacob Herman made 17 saves in mop up duty for the Terriers.
Both teams will meet tomorrow night at the Elgar Petersen Arena. Puck drop is at 7:30pm.