Gawdin scores twice, Broncos rally back to top Raiders
With the Swift Current Broncos trailing 2-0 midway through the second period, team captain Glenn Gawdin led the charge as he scored a pair of goals and the decisive shootout winner to help his club leave Prince Albert with a 3-2 win on Friday night.
Cole Fonstad scored the lone goal of the first period for Prince Albert on the power play, sneaking in from the point and sliding in a nice cross ice pass from Parker Kelly to make it 1-0. Shots on goal were nine apiece after one.
Jordy Stallard made it 2-0 Raiders at the 5:08 mark of the second period as he jammed home his initial rebound after his prior shot was stopped by Broncos goaltender Logan Flodell.
The Broncos kept fighting and eventually got on the board later in the middle frame. Aleksi Heponiemi entered the Raiders zone from the left wing and showed terrific patience in seeing the open ice and snapping a quick pass to Gawdin who had cut towards the net and slid the puck by Raiders goalie Ian Scott.
Shots on goal were 23-23 entering the third period of play as Swift Current only trailed by a single goal 2-1.
The Broncos needed one break and got it as Artyom Minulin’s point shot deflected in the air but landed by the stick of Gawdin who was positioned perfectly about 15 feet from the Raiders crease. The Bronco captain snapped in his second of the night and 19th of the season to draw Swift Current even 2-2.
Overtime was required for the third time in four games and the Broncos generated several scoring chances, including a key opportunity from Tyler Steenbergen during a two minute four-on-three power play.
Five minutes were played and there was no winner so a shootout was necessary. Steenbergen and Gawdin both scored while Flodell denied both Raiders shooters to help complete the Swift Current rally, taking the game 3-2.
Flodell played a great road game, backstopping 29 shots while the Raiders’ Scott produced 32 saves in a losing cause.
Shots on goal were 34-31 in favour of Swift Current. The Broncos went 0/2 on the power play while the Raiders finished 1/2. Swift Current improved to 3-0 in shootouts this year.
Swift Current heads back home for their first home meeting against East Division opponent, the Brandon Wheat Kings. Puck drop is set for 7:00pm CT.