By Mike Stackhouse
Conner Lukan and Logan Boulet scored goals six minutes apart in the second period, erasing a 1-0 deficit, and sending the Humboldt Broncos to a 2-1 win over the Nipawin Hawks in game three of their SJHL semi-final series.
It’s the first win for the Broncos in nine games against the Hawks this season, including the regular schedule.
Goaltender Jacob Wassermann made 29-saves to lead Humboldt on the defensive end, especially after the Broncos were able to get a lead in the game.
Christian Bosa had the lone Nipawin goal and all the offense in this game was scored in the middle period.
Declan Hobbs turned away 32-shots in a losing effort.
Humboldt hosts game four on Wednesday.
Facing elimination, the Battlefords North Stars erupted for a 9-6 win over the Estevan Bruins, solving a red hot Bo Didur, who was pulled in the second period.
Estevan still leads the series 3-1 and they will have their second chance to close out the series on Thursday in North Battleford, where they’ve already won twice in the series.
The Stars learned playing with a lead tends to yield better results as they managed to get the game’s first goal and also led 3-1 after one and never looked back, although the Bruins did get to within 7-6 with seven minutes to go in the third.
MacGregor Sinclair had two goals and two assists to lead the offensive onslaught. Dakota Huebner also had a pair of markers. Singles came from Cody Spagrud, Keith Anderson, Mattias Urbanski, Garan Magnes, and Elijah Loon-Stewardson.
Jake Fletcher had two goals and a helper for the Bruins. Singles came off the sticks of Johnny Witzke, Jack Michell, Michael McChesney, and Jerzy Martin.
Sinclair and Layne Young now share the playoff scoring lead with 14-points. McChesney has 13 and Zach Goberis has 12.