The Swift Current Broncos and Prince Albert Raiders certainly displayed their East Division rivalry with a strong physical presence and it paid off as the Broncos went on to win by a score of 4-1 for their second straight victory.
Broncos defenceman Sahvan Khaira netted his first goal of the season with 20 seconds to go in the opening frame after video reviewed confirmed a good goal. The Surrey, BC native then got in a tussle with Raiders’ forward Tim Vanstone that resulted in coincidental five minute major penalties going to both players to end the period.
The physical presence continued early in the second period as team captain Glenn Gawdin and former Swift Current Bronco Cavin Leth got into it with shots thrown on each side before landing in the penalty box for identical fighting majors.
Carson Miller got the Raiders on the board when his shot snuck its way through the five-hole of Broncos goaltender Travis Child to tie it up 1-1. The goal came on a Prince Albert power play with Max Martin and Austin Glover collecting the assists.
The spirited tilts lifted the Broncos as Aleksi Heponiemi buried his third goal in as many nights to restore the Broncos one-goal lead heading into the third period.
The boys in blue got their insurance goal as Lane Pederson made a nifty pass to Ryan Graham who accelerated to the low slot and zipped a low shot by Raiders goaltender Nicholas Sanders to make the score 3-1.
Swift Current was in control of this game the rest of the way, limiting the Raiders scoring opportunities to go along with Pederson adding an empty netter late in the game to seal a 4-1 win.
Tyler Steenbergen quietly accumulated three assists in this one while Khaira collected an assist on the goal from Graham to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist and a fight.
Swift Current dominated in the shots department, outshooting Prince Albert 41-21. The Broncos went 0/4 on the power play while the Raiders finished 1/3.
The Broncos close out the first half of the season on Saturday night when they take on these Prince Albert Raiders again in the second half of a back-to-back at the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is at 7:00pm CST.