The Swift Current Broncos squared off against the Moose Jaw Warriors for Game Two of their best-of-seven set on Saturday night at Mosaic Place. It was a tense hockey game that had scoring chances, hard hits and hustle from both teams but the Broncos were edged 3-2.
The Broncos enjoyed offence from an unlikely but effective player in MacKenzie Wight as the 18-year-old winger from Chilliwack, BC crashed the Warriors net to smack home a loose puck by Warriors goaltender Zach Sawchenko for the first Swift Current goal. The marker came at the 8:36 mark and was unassisted.
Branden Klatt would end Jordan Papirny’s shutout streak of 93 minutes and 52 seconds to start the 2017 WHL Playoffs after redirecting a cross crease pass from teammate Luka Burzan.
Swift Current got their one goal cushion back as Tyler Steenbergen netted his second goal of the playoffs a few seconds after a Bronco power play opportunity expired. Steenbergen was the final piece of a spectacular passing play that involved Lane Pederson and Max Lajoie collecting assists on the goal. 2-1 was the score for the Broncos heading to the final frame.
Thomas Foster completed a wraparound play at the 5:07 mark in the third period, tucking it by Papirny to tie the game at two goals apiece.
Midway through the third period, the Warriors appeared to score the go ahead marker but it was called off due to goaltender interference.
With less than five minutes in regulation, Burzan made a move towards the Broncos net and as the puck was knocked off his stick, Brayden Burke quickly picked it up and snapped it home to put the Broncos down 3-2.
The Broncos got one more chance to tie it up late after Foster took a tripping penalty with 54 seconds left. It was a six-on-four attack for the Broncos with the goaltender pulled but they couldn’t mustard a solid scoring chance and the Broncos dropped Game 2 by a single goal 3-2. With the loss, the series is tied 1-1.
Papirny backstopped 31 shots in a losing cause while Sawchenko countered with 34 saves for Moose Jaw.
Shots on goal were 36-34 in favour of Swift Current. Both teams combined to go 0/8 on the power play with the Broncos finishing 0/5.
Game Three is set to go at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00pm.
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