Broncos Edged By Pats in Fierce East Division Battle
It was war at the Credit Union i-Plex on Saturday night as East Division rivals clashed with the Swift Current Broncos taking on the Regina Pats in what was an epic battle. With the Broncos up 5-4 through two periods, the Pats scored two late third period goals to send the Broncos to a crushing 6-5 loss.
Jake Leschyshyn opened the scoring for Regina on a dump in play that saw the puck bounce back towards the Bronco goal and he tucked it home to make it 1-0.
A little over a minute later, Broncos rookie Riley Stotts got just enough wood on the puck off an initial Lane Pederson shot to tie it 1-1. Then it was Aleksi Heponiemi scoring the Broncos second goal just 41 seconds later to put Swift Current up 2-1 and send everyone in attendance into a frenzy!
However, the Pats haulted the Broncos momentum as Josh Mahura netted his 10th of the season at the 15:04 mark and Chase Harrison put Regina up 3-2 after his long point shot got through traffic and past Broncos goaltender Jordan Papirny.
The offence continued in the middle frame as Glenn Gawdin one-timed his 17th of the year off a nice cross ice pass from Heponiemi. The goal came on the power play seconds after a 5-on-3 man advantage expired.
Sam Steel restored Regina’s lead as he one-timed home his 34th of the season on a Pats man advantage from the right faceoff dot to make it a 4-3 game.
The Broncos answered the call on a power play of their own a couple minutes later as Heponiemi notched his second goal of the night to knot this battle at four goals apiece.
Then it was the captain that got the go-ahead goal for Swift Current as Gawdin tallied his second goal and fourth point of the night to put his team up 5-4 heading into the third period.
After Tyler Steenbergen took a questionable penalty with seven minutes to go in the third period, Dawson Leedahl scored the tying goal as a Connor Hobbs slap shot bounced off the boards, back towards the goal and right onto the tape of Leedahl who tapped it home.
Connor Hobbs then scored his 20th of the season with 4:30 remaining in regulation and it proved to be the game winner as the Broncos were edged 6-5.
Regina went 3/4 on the power play while Swift Current finished the night 2/5 on the man advantage. Shots on goal were 35-28 in favour of Regina.
Swift Current will have little time to dwell on this one as they head up north to go against the Saskatoon Blades on Sunday afternoon. Puck drop is at 2:05pm CST.