It was Pink in the Rink on Monday afternoon at the Credit Union i-Plex as the Swift Current Broncos club, staff and fans were sporting pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. The Broncos took on the Kootenay ICE and earned their sixth victory of the season with a 4-3 nod Monday.
The Broncos picked up where they left off in regards to fast starts with Kaden Elder backhanding in his first goal of the season from the slot just 2:02 into the game. Swift Current outshot Kootenay by a commanding 13-5 margin through the first 20 minutes but the score remained 1-0.
ICE import forward Nikita Radzibilyuk took a nice cross-ice pass from Matt Alfaro and one-timed it short side to tie the game up 1-1 at the halfway point of the second period.
Conner Chaulk broke the tie early in the third period for the Broncos as he collected a rebound in front of the ICE goal and made no mistake to give the Broncos a 2-1 lead.
The goals kept coming with Arthur Miller notching his fourth marker of the season followed by Glenn Gawdin redirecting a Colby Sissons point shot by ICE netminder Jakob Walter to extend Swift Current’s lead to 4-1.
The Broncos were in cruise control until the final couple of minutes of regulation when Michael King was credited with a power play goal for Kootenay that required video review.
ICE forward Dallas Hines then scored his first of the year to cut the Broncos lead to 4-3 with 28 seconds on the clock. The Broncos would hang on to edge the ICE by a score of 4-3 and improve their season record to 6-2-0-1 to remain first in the East Division standings.
“Elder, Johnson and I, us three as a line are going every single shift,” said Chaulk in his postgame interview with Broncos TV. “We’re always pushing each other and that’s what helps us every single night.”
Swift Current won the shots on goal battle 34-26 and went 0/3 on the man advantage while Kootenay finished the day 1/2.
The Broncos will hit the road for their B.C. Division swing in which they will play all five B.C. Division clubs on the road beginning with the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday, October 15th.