Hofer slams the door shut, Broncos get past Hitmen
The Swift Current Broncos welcomed the Calgary Hitmen to the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex for the first of four regular season meetings and it was the Joel Hofer show as the Bronco netminder stole a victory as he made 41 saves en route to a 2-1 shootout win.
Calgary jumped all over Swift Current in the first period, outshooting the home team 18-7 but Hofer was up to the task in backstopping all 18 he faced.
Sahvan Khaira got the Broncos on the board midway through the second period as his hard wrist shot from the high slot was perfectly placed off the post and in to give Swift Current the 1-0 advantage.
With the score still 1-0 late in the third period, Glenn Gawdin was called for a tripping penalty with 6:25 left on the clock. Calgary took advantage of this as Jake Kryski deposited his fourth of the season to tie it 1-1.
Despite the shots on goal being 41-21 in favour of Calgary, overtime was required. The Broncos generated several quality scoring chances in the extra period, including a breakaway attempt from Aleksi Heponiemi but his shot just went wide of the net.
For the first time this season, the Broncos went into a shootout and two players pulled through in the clutch. Tyler Steenbergen scored the lone shootout goal while Hofer denied all three Hitmen shooters to send Swift Current to a 2-1 victory.
Hofer was outstanding in the Bronco crease, stopping 41 shots while the Hitmen’s Nick Schneider countered with 24 saves of his own.
Shots on goal were 42-25 in favour of Calgary. Swift Current went 0/2 on the man advantage while Calgary finished 1/5.
The Broncos close out their three-and-three set on Sunday afternoon as they clash against the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Keystone Centre. Puck drop is at 4:00pm CT.