The Swift Current Broncos returned to the win column on Saturday night after doubling up the Red Deer Rebels by a score of 4-2 to improve their record to 11-3-1-0 on the year.
Grayson Pawlenchuk opened the scoring for Red Deer 11:33 into the opening frame after tucking in a loose puck in close on Broncos goaltender Logan Flodell. The goal was unassisted and came on the power play.
The three pistols consisting of Aleksi Heponiemi, Glenn Gawdin and Tyler Steenbergen replied with a power play goal of their own early in the second. Heponiemi one-timed a seeing eye shot from the right faceoff dot by Rebels netminder Ethan Anders.
The Broncos created a flurry of scoring chances in the final minute of the second period but could not execute on golden opportunities and they paid the price as the Rebels came back down the other way and completed a tic-tac-toe goal. Jared Dmytriw finished the play and the Broncos were trailing 2-1 into the break with shots on goal being 18-13 for Swift Current.
Arizona Coyotes prospect Tyler Steenbergen pocketed his 22nd of the year just 42 seconds into the third period to knot the game up 2-2.
The Broncos kept the pressure on Red Deer in their zone of the ice and it led to the go-ahead goal by Kaden Elder. The Saskatoon, SK product scooped up a rebound from a Dom Schmiemann point shot and made no mistake to give his club a 3-2 lead.
Defensive play was strong for the Broncos as they played sound defence and really limited the amount of scoring chances from the Rebels. Steenbergen sealed the game with an empty netter moments after the Rebels pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker.
“It feels good,” said Elder during postgame. “First line is always working hard, second line is always working hard, our chances came. We were working hard and we deserved it.”
Shots on goal were 29-24 in favour of Red Deer. Swift Current scored once on five power play chances while the Rebels executed once on four opportunities of their own.
The Broncos return to the ice on November 10th when they head up north for an affair with the Saskatoon Blades at the SaskTel Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:00pm.