Penalties Hurt Broncos in Game 2 Loss to Pats
A night after pulling off a stunning 2-1 overtime victory against Regina, the Broncos had trouble staying out of the penalty box Friday night and dropped Game 2 of their best-of-seven series to Regina by a score of 6-2 at the Brandt Centre.
Pats defenceman Jonathan Smart scored the opening goal almost midway through the first period as he skated hard to the Bronco net and one-timed a Dawson Davidson cross ice pass to make it 1-0.
The Broncos responded three minutes later on the power play as Ottawa Senators prospect Max Lajoie snuck one through Pats goaltender Tyler Brown from the point. Tyler Steenbergen and Aleksi Heponiemi drew the assists on the play.
Moments later on another Bronco power play, Steenbergen settled a loose puck immediately to the right of the Pats cage and calmly roofed it in to put the Broncos up 2-1.
Swift Current found themselves in penalty trouble early in the second period and they ultimately paid for it. Connor Hobbs one-timed his second of the postseason, tying the game up 2-2 before rookie forward Nick Henry netted the go-ahead goal for Regina at the 6:08 mark.
With the game still in reach, the Broncos committed a critical turnover in their own end that led to Austin Wagner being alone in the slot and firing a wrister by Broncos goaltender Jordan Papirny to give the Pats a 4-2 cushion.
Robbie Holmes finished a nice passing play for Regina to place the Broncos in a 5-2 hole 1:30 into the third period. The Broncos managed to successfully kill off a full two minute 5-on-3 Pats advantage to stay within three goals but they had trouble staying out of the penalty box.
The Broncos pulled Papirny with several minutes left in regulation to try and make a push but Wagner snapped home his second of the night and the Broncos ended up falling 6-2.
Shots on goal were 40-17 in favour of Regina. Swift Current went 2/5 on the man advantage while Regina scored twice on ten power play opportunities.
With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, Game 3 will be at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex on Monday, April 10th. The game will be broadcasted on Sportsnet and puck drop is set for 7:00pm.