Hofer earns first career shutout, Broncos blank Cougars 4-0
The Swift Current Broncos wrapped up the month of January with another win in the books, blanking the Prince George Cougars by a score of 4-0 for their third straight win and sixth consecutive victory overall on home ice.
Arizona Coyotes prospect and World Juniors hero Tyler Steenbergen redirected in his 37th goal of the season through the legs of Cougars netminder Tavin Grant and it was 1-0 Broncos. Defensive play was stingy to say the least for Swift Current as they collectively did not allow many scoring chances to the opposition in the opening frame with the Cougars only registering three shots on goal.
The score remained 1-0 for quite a while until the last couple of minutes in the second period, when Matteo Gennaro got possession of the puck in the corner and made his way towards the middle of the ice before wiring in the Broncos second goal of the game. Gennaro’s goal came on a Broncos power play with Colby Sissons and Glenn Gawdin tallying the helpers.
Former Prince George Cougar and now Swift Current Bronco Josh Anderson got in a tussle with a couple of his former team mates after Broncos forward Tanner Nagel took a hard hit towards the end of the middle frame.
In the third period, the Broncos increased their lead to 3-0 as forward Max Patterson was stationed perfectly in front the Cougars crease and tipped in a Sissons point shot.
Anderson then capped off a dominant performance by Swift Current, going end to end and executing a give-and-go with teammate Artyom Minulin and eventually putting in his first goal as a Bronco. It was extra sweet for the big blue liner as it came against his former club.
Broncos goaltender Joel Hofer was consistent all night long, stopping a 20 shot barrage from Prince George in the final 20 minutes to secure his first WHL shutout.
Shots on goal were 40-30 in favour of Swift Current. The power play unit scored twice on seven tries for the Broncos while the penalty kill was excellent once again, going a flawless 5/5 on the night.
Swift Current hits the road for a mini two-game swing this weekend. The first being against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the ENMAX Centre on Friday, February 2nd at 8:00pm CT.