The Swift Current Broncos played their third game in three nights and simply ran out of gas in the latter portion of their contest against the Brandon Wheat Kings, closing out the weekend losing by a 7-3 score.
The Wheat Kings scores four minutes into the afternoon matinee as Ty Lewis’ low shot from a bad angle fooled Broncos goaltender Logan Flodell to make it 1-0.
Connor Gutenberg than made it 2-0 Brandon as his shot from the left point beat Flodell blocker high. The goal came on a Wheat Kings power play.
Brandon then got into serious penalty trouble through the rest of the opening period and it led to a pair of Bronco goals. First it was Calgary Flames prospect Glenn Gawdin cutting toward the net and wristing one by Logan Thompson. Then after Tanner Kaspick took a checking to the head major penalty, the Broncos made the Wheat Kings pay as Conner Chaulk pounced on a rebound after a Colby Sissons shot and slid it home to tie it up 2-2 and it remained that score heading to the second.
The WHL’s leading goal scorer Tyler Steenbergen positioned his club ahead 3-2 with a nice spin around back hander from in close. Blue liner Noah King earned the primary assist for his first career WHL point.
Zach Wytinck responded for Brandon as his point shot found the back of the twine on another Wheat Kings’ man advantage at the 8:16 mark of the middle frame.
Later in the period, the Broncos were in the midst of a power play and got sloppy in their own end as Stelio Mattheos and Cole Reinhardt generated chances in front of the Bronco cage with Mattheos finally tacking one by Flodell to put Swift Current behind 4-3.
Evan Weinger added an insurance marker at the 17:00 mark and the Broncos were down by two going into the third period.
Swift Current could not get back in this one as Reinhardt and Mattheos each scored as part of five unanswered goals from the Wheat Kings to put the game out of reach.
Shots on goal were 41-36 in favour of Swift Current. The Broncos power play clicked twice in six tries but the penalty kill faltered, allowing three goals against in five Wheat Kings’ power plays.
Next on the schedule for the Broncos is a home date against the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday, November 22nd. Puck drop is at 7:00pm CT.