The Humboldt Broncos came up short in their first regular-season game since a team bus crash that killed 16.
The defending Canalta Cup champion Nipawin Hawks rode two late second-period goals to a 2-1 victory.
Humboldt’s lone goal came on a five-on-three power play early in the second by newcomer Michael Clarke .
It was a night marked by sadness, but also celebration as the team emerged from tragedy with the help of many of the players who survived the deadly crash.
Eight of the surviving players dropped the puck in the ceremonial faceoff.
Two others suited up and played.
Brayden Camrud, who got an Assist and Derek Patter were both in the game, the only two players who were in the crash and are back on the Broncos this season.
The two teams will meet in the back half of the home and home series on Friday night back in Nipawin.