The Swift Current Broncos played beyond 60 minutes for the fifth time in their last six contests but pulled away with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Victoria Royals on Wednesday night at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex.
Rookie forward Ethan Regnier scored his first career WHL goal in the first period in a rather outrageous type of play. The 17-year-old wristed a low wrist shot off the pad of Royals goaltender Griffin Outhouse but the puck ricocheted off the head of Jared Freadrich and in the back of the net.
Another Bronco forward recorded his first marker as Kole Gable’s low shot on a Swift Current power play found twine to make it 2-0 midway through the opening frame.
Freadrich atoned for the misfortunes from the first period by wristing in his sixth of the season from the right point on a Royals power play to cut the Swift Current lead 2-1.
Broncos netminder Logan Flodell was incredible as he made a nice glove save to rob Royals leading scorer Matthew Phillips to help maintain the one-goal lead. Shots on goal were 30-22 in favour of the Broncos through 40 minutes of play.
Victoria did manage to tie it up on yet another man advantage as Tyler Soy directed in his 10th of the campaign from in close at the 4:08 mark in the third period.
The game was destined for overtime as both goaltenders would not surrender the go-ahead goal in regulation so three-on-three play was needed.
In overtime, the Royals’ Soy drew a checking from behind penalty, resulting in a four-on-three power play for the Broncos. That was where the Broncos top unit took over and ended this game. Aleksi Heponiemi completed a nice backdoor play from behind the Royals net to set up Glenn Gawdin for the game winning goal.
Shots on goal were 39-37 in favour of Swift Current. The Broncos went 2/7 on the power play while the Royals wrapped up the evening going 2/6 on their man advantages.
Swift Current improves to 18-5-2-0 on the season and remain in second place in the WHL’s East Division standings. Next up for the Broncos is a home-and-home set against the Moose Jaw Warriors, beginning Friday, December 1st at Mosaic Place. Puck drop is at 7:00pm CT.