Broncos Can't Find Equalizer; Fall 5-4

Feb 29, 2012 - 17:07 CST

The Swift Current Broncos would come back to within one from a three-goal deficit in the third period, but wouldn't be able to find the equalizer as they fell 5-4 to the Calgary Hitmen at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The scoring would start 15 minutes into the first as Swedish-import Victor Rask would capitalize on the Hitmen's first power play of the evening to give Calgary a 1-0 lead.  Minutes later, Christian Magnus (playing his first game since being injured) would lock the game up at one with his sixth of the season.  But, in the dying seconds of the frame Hitmen's Greg Chase would go top shelf on netminder Austin Smith to make it a 2-1 contest after twenty mintues of play.

Brad Hoban would tie the game up seconds into the second period folowing through off of a great feed from Taylor Vause with his 18th of the season.  But, back-to-back power play markers from Alex Gogolev and Rask (second of the evening) would give the Hitmen a two-goal lead heading into the third period.

Spencer Humphries would round up the Hitmen's fourth power play goal of the contest seven minutes into the final frame to put Calgary up by three.  But, near the midway mark of the third period defenceman Richard Nedomlel would salute the crowd with a power play marker of his own to cut into the Hitmen's lead.  In the final minutes of regulation the Broncos would pull Smith for the extra attacker where Magnus would capitalize instantaneously to put the Broncos within one and make for an intense, nailbiting final two minutes of play.  The Broncos would have a few scoring chances, but wouldn't be able to score the much needed game tying marker as they fell 5-4 to the Hitmen.

The Broncos were outshot 38-22 and went 1/4 on the man advantage.

UP NEXT:  The Broncos continue their five-game road swing in Red Deer against the Rebels on Friday.  Then, they battle the Edmonton Oil Kings at Rexall Place on Saturday night.

BRONCO BANTER:

Christian Magnus had two goals on the evening.  This would mark his third multi-point game of the season.

Taylor Vause had two assists which would mark his 25th multi-point game of the season.

Andy Blanke (6'2",197lbs) and Kenton Helgesen (6'3",185lbs) dropped the mitts.  This would mark his 20th fight of the season.

SCORING SUMMARY:

1. CAL V. Rask, (28) (B. Brassart, S. Humphries), 15:34 (PP)
1. S.C C. Magnus, (6) (R. Moser), 17:37
1. CAL G. Chase, (5) (K. Helgesen), 19:49
2. S.C B. Hoban, (18) (T. Vause), 0:30
2. CAL A. Gogolev, (25) (B. Brassart, V. Rask), 6:26 (PP)
2. CAL V. Rask, (29) (S. Humphries, A. Roach), 17:48 (PP)
3. CAL S. Humphries, (7) (J. Bubnick, C. Bowman), 7:28 (PP)
3. S.C R. Nedomlel, (9) (R. Scarlett, T. Vause), 10:21 (PP)
3. S.C C. Magnus, (7) (C. Cave, G. Craig), 18:03

3 STARS:

1. CAL - 23 Victor Rask
2. CAL - 5 Spencer Humphries
3. S.C - 19 Taylor Vause