Gawdin tallies two, Broncos sink Pats 3-1
The Swift Current Broncos came off a busy road-trip in which the club played five games in seven days south of the border and made their way back to the win column, upending the 2018 MasterCard Memorial Cup host Regina Pats 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The game was televised on Sportsnet as part of the weekly CHL Saturday Showcase.
Before the game, a special pre-game ceremony involving the 1993 WHL Champion Swift Current Broncos took place. Broncos Alumni Trent McCleary, Todd Holt, Andy Schneider and Darren McLean were honoured amongst others from the 1993 team for winning the WHL Championship in the 1992/1993 campaign, marking the 25th anniversary of the achievement.
Libor Hajek got the Pats on the board at the 7:35 mark of the opening period, one-timing a slap shot by Broncos tender Stuart Skinner on the tail end of a Regina power play.
With the score still 1-0 Regina midway through the second period, the Broncos would eventually solve Pats goaltender Ryan Kubic as Glenn Gawdin tipped in a point shot off the stick of blue liner Colby Sissons underneath Kubic to tie it 1-1. The play was briefly reviewed but the goal stood and for the Bronco captain, the goal marked his 38th of the season.
Swift Current pumped 18 shots on goal compared to only three for Regina in the frame but the game was knotted at one goal apiece going into the third period.
The Broncos top ranked power play clicked for one at the 11:38 mark, as Gawdin came streaking down the left wing and found enough space to zip a snap shot by the short side of Kubic to put his club up 2-1.
Regina pulled the goaltender in the final minute for the extra attacker but the Broncos defence was playing sound hockey the rest of the way, limiting the Pats to only seven shots on goal.
Artyom Minulin would destroy the hopes of any comeback for the visiting Pats as he lofted a wrister from way back in his own end towards the empty cage for his 10th of the season. The 190 foot plus goal was unassisted and it allowed the Broncos to skate away with a 3-1 win for their fifth straight victory on home ice.
Shots on goal were 45-23 in favour of Swift Current. Regina went 1/4 on the power play while the Broncos finished 1/5.
These two clubs won’t be able to avoid each other as they will meet again on Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm CT at the Brandt Centre.