Steenbergen, Heponiemi lead Broncos to steamroll Wheat Kings
The Swift Current Broncos used a sizzling start in the first period to steamroll the Brandon Wheat Kings by a score of 7-2 on Saturday night to improve their flawless record to 3-0-0-0.
Swift Current got off to a tenacious start and laid it on the Wheat Kings in the opening frame, scoring five times to build a big 5-0 lead. Colby Sissons got things started in no time as he made a nice move down the left wing and made his way right to the Wheat Kings goal and was rewarded with his second marker of the season just 2:53 into the game.
Kaden Elder roofed his first of the campaign after quickly pouncing on a rebound off a long point shot from blue liner Sahvan Khaira, making it a 2-0 game five plus minutes into action.
There was no let up as Tyler Steenbergen scored minutes later to give his hockey club a commanding 3-0 lead. Heponiemi was then credited for his first of the year after Sissons simply threw the puck on net and it deflected off the import forward by Wheat Kings goaltender Logan Thompson.
Steenbergen capped off the five-goal frame on a Broncos power play, netting his second of the night and fourth in as many games. That ended the night for the Wheat Kings’ Thompson as Dylan Myskiw came in relief.
Rylan Bettens sparked some life in Brandon’s offence, scoring on Broncos goaltender Logan Flodell via a low backhand shot off a faceoff in Swift Current territory.
The Wheat Kings climbed within two as Stelio Mattheos scored minutes later when the Broncos were shorthanded five-on-three but Steenbergen responded for Swift Current. The Sylvan Lake, AB product scored his third of the night for his first hat trick of the season after team captain Glenn Gawdin completed a beautiful pass from behind the Wheat Kings net to locate Steenbergen in front.
It was 6-2 Swift Current going into the third period but Steenbergen wasn’t finished as he potted his fourth of the night, marking his first career four-goal WHL game.
Flodell was efficient in the Broncos cage, backstopping 28 shots to earn his 50th career WHL win.
Shots on goal were 30-23 in favour of Brandon. Swift Current went 2/6 on the power play while Brandon executed once on four man advantages of their own.
Swift Current can enjoy this win as they won’t return to game action until Friday, October 6th back at the SaskTel Centre when they meet the Saskatoon Blades for the second time this season.