The much anticipated new look Swift Current Broncos made their home debut on Saturday night and boy did they not disappoint, laying down a 9-1 beating to the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings.
The Broncos three pistols reunited to open the scoring as Glenn Gawdin buried a shot from the high slot by Josh Dechaine to make it 1-0 Swift Current less than five minutes in. Aleksi Heponiemi completed the pass to Gawdin from behind the Oil Kings net while Tyler Steenbergen gathered the other assist.
Heponiemi was then awarded a penalty shot after getting hooked up on a breakaway chance and he made the most of his opportunity, going five hole on Dechaine to build Swift’s lead to 2-0.
The Broncos came out roaring in the second period as Artyom Minulin netted his eighth of the year when Steenbergen went tape to tape in setting up the play.
At the 8:29 mark, Matteo Gennaro wired his 29th of the season when he recovered his initial shot opportunity from the middle before sending a perfectly placed wrister by Dechaine.
Edmonton dipped into the Broncos surge as Carter Souch finished off a mini two-on-one break midway through the second period to see the score move to 4-1.
Broncos forward Max Patterson joined the action by executing a nifty redirection off a Noah King point shot. The goal from the Kamloops, BC native marked his sixth of the campaign.
Mossbank, SK native Tanner Nagel wrapped up a four-goal frame for the Broncos, going bar-down from in close on an odd man rush and the score was 6-1 Swift heading to the third period.
The onslaught continued as the Broncos took advantage of the Oil Kings when they got into deep penalty trouble. Giorgio Estephan one-timed his first goal as a member of the Swift Current Broncos on a 5-on-3 chance and then Kole Gable benefited from a bunch of errors behind the Oil Kings goal and wrapped around his fifth to further the Broncos commanding lead to 8-1.
Beck Malenstyn rounded out the scoring for the home team with his ninth of the season less than a minute later. The third period goals by Estephan, Gable and Malenstyn all happened within seconds, 1:04 apart to be accurate.
Stuart Skinner was outstanding once again as he was strong and sturdy in the crease, stopping 20 shots for his second straight win as a Bronco.
Shots on goal were 31-21 in favour of Swift Current. The Broncos power play went 2/4 while the Oil Kings finished the night 0/3.
Swift Current will head down south of the border to visit all five U.S. Division teams on a lengthy road trip beginning on Wednesday, January 17th in Kennewick, WA against the Tri-City Americans. Puck drop is set for 9:05pm CT.