Tyler Steenbergen lit the lamp three times and goaltender Taz Burman stopped 26 shots as the Swift Current Broncos won their fourth in a row after clipping the Red Deer Rebels 4-1 on Friday night at the ENMAX Centrium.
Steenbergen got his club on the board as fans were still getting settled into their seats as he capitalized on a breakaway chance 1:17 into the game and it was 1-0 Broncos.
The Broncos and the Rebels were playing a strong defensive style of game throughout most of the contest but the Broncos took advantage of the chances they generated. Broncos rookie forward Riley Stotts made a nice pass from behind the net to find Glenn Gawdin skating towards the high slot. The Broncos captain took full advantage by one-timing in his 19th of the season by the blocker side of Rebels netminder Lasse Petersen.
Swift Current held Red Deer to only 13 shots on goal while putting up 22 of their own heading to the final period of play.
Rebels forward Lane Zablocki lifted one by Burman to cut the Broncos lead in half 2-1 midway through the third period. That was when Steenbergen made sure that no Rebels comeback would happen. Stotts completed a great pass to Steenbergen on an offensive zone rush, setting up his 42nd of the year and restoring Swift Current’s two-goal lead 3-1.
The Sylvan Lake, AB native added an empty netter to notch his second hat trick of the season and earn a solid plus-4 rating to cap off an astonishing evening. Burman was exceptional in the Broncos goal, turning aside 26 Rebels shots to collect his 12th win of the season.
With 43 goals on the season, the 19-year-old Steenbergen moves into first place in the WHL goal scoring race.
Swift Current went 0/6 on the power play while Red Deer finished 1/3. Shots on goal were 32-27 in favour of Swift Current.
The Broncos look to go a perfect 3-0 on their Alberta road trip as they face the Calgary Hitmen at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, February 11th. Puck drop is as 8:00pm CT.