For the second time in the 2017 postseason, the Swift Current Broncos played in a Game 7 on the road and were looking to complete the upset by dismantling the Regina Pats in Round Two at the Brandt Centre on Easter Monday. The cards weren’t in the mix as the Broncos lost their third straight playoff game and were eliminated after losing 5-1.
Sam Steel scored the opening goal just 2:19 into the game after pouncing on a rebound from a Nick Henry shot and potting it by Broncos goaltender Jordan Papirny. Then a Bronco turnover created a breakaway opportunity for Filip Ahl who made no mistake scoring his second of the playoffs.
Broncos Head Coach Manny Viveiros then called a timeout to help guide his group to get back on track. Swift Current had three power play opportunities in the first period but could not execute on any of them. However they only trailed 2-0 into the break.
Unfortunately for the Broncos, the Pats were too much to handle in the second as they outshot Swift Current by a wide 21-5 margin, getting markers from Steel and Austin Wagner along the way. Steel settled a bouncing puck in the Bronco crease and tapped it home while Wagner deflected in a Connor Hobbs point shot off an offensive zone faceoff.
Conner Chaulk lit the lamp for the Broncos with a little over five minutes remaining in regulation, cutting the deficit 4-1. The goal came on a Swift Current man advantage as the 19-year-old Regina, SK native redirected a Max Lajoie wrist shot by Pats netminder Tyler Brown.
That was as close as the Broncos would get as Wagner deposited an empty netter to stop any comeback attempt by the Broncos.
Papirny turned aside 38 shots for Swift Current while Brown wrapped up the evening with 23 stops for Regina.
Shots on goal were 43-24 in favour of Regina. The Broncos power play clicked once in six tries while their penalty kill went a perfect 5/5.
Ryley Lindgren finished the 2017 WHL Playoffs as the top scorer on a resilient Bronco squad with 15 points (8g-7a) while Tyler Steenbergen amassed 14 points (8g-6a) in 14 contests.