Oh Captain, My Captain! Glenn Gawdin capped off one of the more legendary nights ever witnessed at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex as he scored the winning goal in triple overtime against the Regina Pats in a thrilling 5-4 victory. With the win, the Broncos now have a strangle hold on the series, holding a commanding 3-1 lead.
Dawson Leedahl scored the first goal of the night for the Pats as he tapped in a rebound on a Regina power play to put the Broncos in a 1-0 hole midway through the first. Leedahl was at it again five minutes later, beating an outstretched Papirny after scooping up a rebound from a Nick Henry shot.
The Broncos were in trouble early on as they were outshot 15-6 by Regina and trailed 2-0 heading into the second period.
Ryley Lindgren got the Broncos on the score sheet 15:30 into the second period as he received a nice cross ice pass from Tyler Steenbergen and quickly rifled it into the Pats cage. That effort was followed up with a goal from Russian Import Artyom Minulin with just 18 seconds remaining in the frame. It was a brand new hockey game entering the third period.
Leedahl tucked in his third of the night to complete the hat trick and restore Regina’s one goal advantage 3-2. Liam Schioler and Sam Steel collected the assists on the goal.
However, the Broncos never quit playing and Steenbergen scored what was a “Swifty” style goal. The Sylvan Lake, AB native made a cut down the right wing with the puck on his backhand and snuck one by Brown from a sharp angle almost along the back end line. The goal marked his eighth of the post season, restoring his lead amongst 2017 WHL playoff goal scorers.
Lindgren roofed his eighth of the postseason late in the period to give the Broncos a 4-3 lead. Lindgren and Steenbergen along with Leedahl are now tied for first in the WHL playoff goal scoring race.
The Pats pulled Brown in the dying moments and it was none other than Leedahl keeping his club alive, scoring his fourth and most important goal to force overtime.
Swift Current fired 19 shots in overtime while Regina landed 13 on goal but there was no score and a second overtime was needed. In double overtime, Regina outshot Swift Current 14-11 but the goaltenders were incredible and kept this battle going.
In triple overtime, the Pats Connor Hobbs took a crucial penalty at the 8:00 minute mark and the Broncos made them pay. Gawdin deposited the overtime winner by batting one out of midair off an initial shot from Lindgren and sent his team to a wild 5-4 win.
Ironically enough, on April 11th, 2001, the Broncos took Game 4 against the Kootenay ICE in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semi-final in triple overtime by a score of 4-3. Bronco captain Ben Ondrus scored the overtime winner in that game and here we are 16 years later with current Bronco captain Glenn Gawdin reliving history.
Game 4 was even as it could get on the stats sheet. Shots on goal were 69 apiece and both clubs finished 1/3 on the power play.
The Broncos look to complete the upset on Friday, April 14th at the Brandt Centre in Regina for Game 5. Puck drop is at 7:00pm MT.