JOHNSTON’S TWO GOALS HELP BRONCOS FINISH PERFECT PRELIMS WITH WIN OVER TERRIERS
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Andrew Johnston scored twice to pace the offence once again as the Humboldt Broncos wrapped up a perfect preliminary round at the 2012 RBC Cup with a 5-3 win over the Portage Terriers on Thursday night.
While the Broncos had already locked up first place regardless of Thursday’s result, the loss ended the Terriers’ season; Portage needed to beat the Broncos to have any chance of advancing to the semifinals.
Humboldt will face the Woodstock Slammers in Saturday’s first semifinal (2 p.m. MT). The Broncos had the upper hand in the preliminary round meeting between the teams, earning a 4-1 win in the first game for both last Saturday.
Johnston had what certainly has to rank as one of the strangest multi-goal games of his young career – he gave Humboldt its first lead at 2-1 on a second period penalty shot, and scored the eventual game-winner early in the third period from outside the Portage blue-line; his dump-in skipped and changed direction past Terriers goaltender Adam Iwan, putting the Broncos up 4-2.
Taylor Duzan, Emrik Guillemette and Ryan Marshall had the other goals for Humboldt (4-0), which has never lost a preliminary round game on home ice at the National Junior A Championship; it went 3-0 when it welcomed the nation to the 1987 Centennial Cup.
The Broncos are two wins away from becoming just the third host team to run the table and win the national title since the start of the five-team format in 1990, joining Olds in 1994 and Halifax in 2002.
Shaq Merasty scored twice to pace the Terriers’ offence, while Dylan Butler had the other goal for Portage (1-3), which won its opening game and lost the next three for the third time in as many trips to the RBC Cup; it went win-loss-loss-loss in 2005 and last year as well.
Thursday’s game was the eighth meeting in 20 days between the two teams – the Broncos beat the Terriers in seven games to win the ANAVET Cup, a series Humboldt led 3-0 before Portage fought back to force a Game 7.
|Game Information/Renseignements sur le match|
|Game #/No. de match||10||Round/Ronde||Preliminary|
|Arena/Aréna||Elgar Petersen Arena
|Date||05/10/2012||Time/Heure||07:30 PM MT
|Attendance/Assistance||1782||Game Status/État du match
|Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités|
|First Period/Première période
01:42 WST 23 Shaquille Merasty (24 Justin Slobozian)
12:59 HST 24 Taylor Duzan (16 Adam Antkowiak, 3 Nathan Hudema)
04:06 WST 22 Kajon McKay (Checking from Behind/Mise en échec par-derrière)
04:06 WST 22 Kajon McKay (Game Misconduct/Extrême inconduite)
05:55 HST 19 Matt Glowa (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
14:43 HST 19 Matt Glowa (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
|Second Period/Deuxième période
13:33 HST 26 Andrew Johnston PS
18:30 HST 13 Emrik Guillemette (2 Kameron Ballas, 26 Andrew Johnston)
19:32 WST 4 Dylan Butler (21 Tanner Waldvogel)
16:33 WST 11 Brandon Lauder (Slashing/Coup de bâton)
19:59 HST 14 Taylor Johnson (Roughing After Whistle/Rudesse après le siflet)
19:59 WST 24 Justin Slobozian (High Sticking/Bâton élevé)
19:59 HST 14 Taylor Johnson (Cross Checking/Double-échec)
|Third Period/Troisième période
02:39 HST 26 Andrew Johnston
06:47 WST 23 Shaquille Merasty (15 Yvan Pattyn, 29 Andrew Wiebe) PP/AN
19:35 HST 15 Ryan Marshall EN
06:02 HST 23 Cody Pettapiece (Roughing/Rudesse)
06:02 HST 5 David Stumborg (Roughing/Rudesse)
06:02 HST 5 David Stumborg (High Sticking/Bâton élevé)
06:02 WST 21 Tanner Waldvogel (Roughing/Rudesse)
06:02 WST 18 Brendan Harms (Roughing/Rudesse)
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|HST||Colin Dzijacky (Off 2/11:40)
Matt Hrynkiw (On 2/11:41)
|Shots on Goal/Tirs au but||1||2||3||Total|
|Players of the Game/Joueurs du match|
|Referee/Arbitre||Keith Mackintosh, Adam Byblow
|Lines People/Juges de lignes
||Sean Dufour, Jason Roy