With an opportunity to surpass the Kootenay ICE in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Standings, it was Kootenay that did all the damage as Swift Current was blanked at home by a 2-0 outcome on Tuesday evening.
Broncos goaltender Isaac Poulter displayed his skill set in the crease as the Winnipeg, MB product made some key saves throughout the first period, altogether collecting 15 in a scoreless opening frame.
It wasn’t until the second period when ICE forward Jaeger White released a one-timer from the left faceoff slot that located the back of the net to make it 1-0 Kootenay 51 seconds in.
Flash forward to the third period, Kootenay got some insurance as Peyton Krebs and Jakin Smallwood completed a give-and-go play while entering the Bronco zone with Krebs netting his 16th of the season.
Penalty problems throughout the third made it difficult for the Broncos to battle back as the team received five minor penalties as well as a five-minute fighting major between Swift Current’s Ethan Regnier and Kootenay’s Martin Bodak.
Poulter was a bright spot for the Broncos as he finished the night posting 32 saves and earned third star honours.
Shots on goal were 34-16 in favour of Kootenay. The ICE went 1/6 on their power play opportunities while the Broncos finished 0/4.
Swift Current is set to finish off their season-long seven-game home stand on Friday evening when they tangle against the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday, January 18th. Puck drop is at 7:00pm CT.