By Craig Stein
After watching an early lead slip away on Friday, the Humboldt Broncos bounced back to earn a weekend split in Flin Flon, with a 2-1 decision on Saturday.
On this night it was the Bombers with that early lead, as Dawson McKenzie opened the scoring just 2:15 in. Brayden Camrud (1g-1a) tied things up late in the same period, before Drew Warkentine scored the winner, late in the third period, with just 1:05 left on the clock.
After another stop in the WHL, Rayce Ramsay made his first start for the Broncos (21-10-2-1) since November 23, making 36/37 saves in the win. Humboldt’s 45 points have them back in first place in the Global Ag Risk Solutions Division, and tied with Nipawin for tops overall.
Pierce Diamond made 30/32 saves in the loss for the Bombers (18-9-0-2).
With close to half a season still to go, it would be a reasonable educated guess to think the SJHL’s final playoff spot could come down to Weyburn or Melville, so their head to head meetings down the stretch are huge.
The two teams are neck-and-neck for 10th place, and have sizeable gaps above and belowthem, but at this point you can’t count out some La Ronge catching either of them, or either of them getting hot and climbing the ranks.
In any case, Melville got to within a point of the 10th place Wings, with a 4-3 regulation win on the road Saturday, their first victory under interim Head Coach Kyle Adams.
Weyburn led 2-0 after the first period before the Millionaires (9-18-2-2) rattled off four straight with two in the second and two more in the third. Defensemen Sam De Melo and Jacob Bourchier (1g-1a) got them back to even in the second period, before Mike Wong put them ahead with his first SJHL goal midway though the third, and Damian Bentz added the eventual winner. Colby Entz made 26/29 saves.
Cade Kowalski and Jordan Kazymyra scored in the first period for Weyburn (10-18-3-0) and both finished with a goal and an assist. Sean Olson added one more in the final minute while Ben Hiltz had a pair of assists and Riley Lamb made 28/32 saves.