The Swift Current Broncos dropped a tough 4-3 overtime decision Friday night in their season opener against the Moose Jaw Warriors at Mosaic Place.
Levi Bews would open the scoring eight minutes into the first period to put the Broncos on the board. Followed by a shorthanded marker from 18-year-old Colby Cave to extend Swift Current’s lead to two heading into the second period.
Around the midway mark of the middle frame, Gull Lake product Justin Spagrud would make it 3-0 Broncos with his first WHL career goal. But, a pair of back-to-back power play markers no more than two minutes apart would put Moose Jaw within one after 40 minutes.
Minutes into the third period Adam Lowry would be called for Roughing sending the Broncos onto their eighth penalty kill of the evening. Warriors’ Justin Kirsch would capitalize with seconds left of the man advantage to tally the game tying goal. Play would remain scoreless from that point on as both netminders would deny all scoring chances sending the season opener to overtime.
Near the halfway mark of the five minute overtime period, Moose Jaw’s Andrew Johnson would capitalize on a penalty shot resulting in a 4-3 final.
Bronco netminder Eetu Laurikainen stopped 34 of 38 shots. The Broncos went 0 for 3 on the man advantage, while the Warriors went 3 for 9.
UP NEXT: The Broncos return to the Credit Union iPlex Saturday night to wrap up their season opening home-and-home series with the Moose Jaw Warriors on their Home Opener. Then, the Broncos host the Regina Pats on Wednesday, September 26th.
Colby Cave had a two-point (1G,1A) night and earned third star honours.
Justin Spagrud recorded his first-ever WHL goal on his first regular season WHL game.
A Major Hit From Behind to Reece Scarlett by Moose Jaw’s Justin Kirsch would send him into the boards. Bronco trainer and EMS attendants quickly ran to the scene to inspect Scarlett and soon after he was stretchered out of the rink and sent to the Moose Jaw Hospital for precautionary measures. The Broncos are sending warm wishes to Scarlett at this time and are hoping for a speedy recovery. Updates will be announced once received.