It was an interesting game between two talented teams.
The Humboldt Broncos played their third game of the RBC Cup roundrobin against the Soo Thunderbirds on May 8 at the Elgar Petersen Arena.
In the first period, tempers were high between the two teams, with fights nearly breaking out between the players on numerous occasions but they held their tempers in check knowing if they did fight, they would be kicked out of the tournament.
No goals were scored during the first period but penalties were high, with the Thunderbirds getting four and Humboldt two.
The second period, both teams were more relaxed but the tension between the teams remained. The Broncos were able to get two goals — one at 1:39 by Andrew Johnston, assisted by Nathan Hudema and the second on a power play off a one-timer by Josh Roach at 5:58, assisted by Robbie Ciolfi and Logan Sproule.
The Broncos only received two penalties in the second and the Thunderbirds another four.
The third period the Broncos pulled ahead more, with Ciolfi scoring a third goal at 13:39 on a power play, assisted by Matt Glowa and Sproule.
In the end the Broncos got a 3-0 shutout win on the Thunderbirds.
The Broncos were happy with their win and how they played through the game.
“I thought for the most part we had executed pretty well,” said Broncos coach Dean Brockman.
Although Josh Roach was named player of the game for the Broncos, he said it was a team effort that helped them win the game.
“I think every guy on the team could have had it tonight,” said Roach.
This was the first game of the RBC Cup when Colin Dzijacky started in goal for the Broncos.
“To start Colin, we thought that was important too, because you never know what can happen... You’ve got to have everyone ready,” Brockman said of the decision. “Tonight was his night and he played well.”