The Swift Current Broncos and Regina Pats met for the first of six regular season meetings Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre, marking the first time since the Broncos dropped Game 7 of their Round Two set against the Pats in the 2017 WHL Playoffs. The next installment of this rivalry went in Swift Current’s favour as they fended off the Pats to escape with a 5-3 victory.
20-year-old forward Glenn Gawdin continued his torrid start on the score sheet, depositing his third goal of the year off a nice pass from Aleksi Heponiemi to give his team the 1-0 lead and the lone goal scored in the period.
After Pats’ skaters Owen Williams and Braydon Buziak took minor penalties nine seconds apart, the Broncos were presented with a lengthy five-on-three power play early in the second period and they punished Regina with two goals.
Gawdin received a perfect cross-ice pass from Heponiemi and whipped it by Pats goaltender Max Paddock to make it 2-0. Then it was Tyler Steenbergen joining in on the fun, completing a one-timer from the right faceoff dot to lift Swift Current’s lead to 3-0. The line of Heponiemi, Steenbergen and Gawdin had combined for nine points on all three Broncos power play goals up to this point.
Regina scored their first goal of the night as Matt Bradley scored on a Pats power play to cut the Swift Current lead to 3-1 a couple minutes later.
At the 11:21 mark, New Jersey Devils prospect Colby Sissons fired an absolute rocket from the point to restore the Broncos three-goal lead. Forwards Logan Barlage and Max Patterson earned the helpers on the goal.
Regina kept things interesting as Sissons coughed up a bouncing puck in Bronco territory, resulting in Bradley tucking in his second of the night through the five-hole of goaltender Logan Flodell. It was a 4-2 score heading into the third period.
The Pats inched closer when Bryce Platt redirected a long Liam Schioler slap shot to make this a one goal affair with 7:35 to go in regulation.
Flodell made key save after key save down the stretch and Steenbergen slid in an empty netter to seal the 5-3 win for Swift Current. Flodell finished the evening with 34 saves to polish off an effective evening and collect his first win as a Bronco.
Shots on goal were 37-34 in favour of Regina. Swift Current went 3/5 on the power play while Regina found the back of the net once on five chances.
Swift Current takes their 2-0-0-0 record to the Keystone Centre on Saturday, September 30th where they will go against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Puck drop is at 6:30pm.