Barlage scores first WHL goal, Broncos win fourth in a row
The Swift Current Broncos hosted the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday evening at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex for their lone matchup of the season and the Broncos took an early lead and never looked back, earning their fourth straight win by a final score of 5-1.
Matteo Gennaro picked up where he left off on Tuesday night, scoring another goal 8:09 into the first period by snapping in a one timer from the high slot by Rockets netminder James Porter. Forwards Max Patterson and Glenn Gawdin set up the goal for the WHL’s top ranked power play squad.
Gawdin pounded in a one-timer off a nice cross ice pass from blue liner Sahvan Khaira to extend the lead to 2-0.
In the second period, the Broncos kept coming as Gennaro forced a turnover to occur deep in Kelowna territory and directed a centering pass for a streaking Kaden Elder who tucked in his sixth of the season 1:10 into the second period.
Logan Barlage then finally got the monkey off his back by scoring his first career WHL goal and the 16-year-old product of Humboldt, SK was absolutely pumped. Once again, Patterson completed a nice tape-to-tape pass to set up Barlage and give Swift Current a significant 4-0 advantage.
Gawdin then redirected his team-leading 30th goal of the year and second of the night to give his club a huge 5-0 lead over the visiting team despite the shots on goal being 25-21 in favour of the Rockets.
The Broncos got into a string of penalty trouble in the third period, receiving six minor penalties and that led to a goal from Liam Kindree that broke the shutout bid
Logan Flodell kept up his high level of consistent play, recording 37 saves to earn his 20th victory of the season.
Kelowna went 1/8 on the power play while Swift Current finished 1/4 on the night. Shots on goal were 38-26 in favour of Kelowna.
The Broncos wrap up the first half of the 2017-18 regular season on Saturday, December 16th when they host the Kamloops Blazers. Puck drop is at 7:00pm CT.