Third period outburst helps Broncos remain perfect
The Swift Current Broncos winning formula continued to produce as they used a four-goal third period to blow out the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes by a 6-2 score.
WHL goal scoring leader Tyler Steenbergen was at it again Tuesday night as he snapped in his 14th goal of the season after receiving a nice pass from Glenn Gawdin who was located in the corner in Lethbridge territory. The goal came at the 15:05 mark of the first period with Artyom Minulin earning the other assist.
The lead was short lived as Giorgio Estephan one-timed a hard point shot by the glove hand of Broncos goaltender Logan Flodell off a Lethbridge power play.
Calen Addison put the Broncos down one after letting the puck go through traffic on yet another Lethbridge man advantage and it was a 2-1 score just shy of six minutes into the second period.
A Hurricanes miscue led to a two-on-two rush that featured Conner Chaulk and Kaden Elder. The 20-year-old Chaulk completed a cross ice pass to Elder who had no problem chipping it by Hurricanes goaltender Stuart Skinner to tie it up 2-2. The goal by Elder marked the Broncos first short handed goal of the season.
Although shots on goal were 38-19 in favour of Lethbridge through two periods, the momentum definitely shifted towards the home club.
Riley Stotts dug out a loose puck in the Lethbridge crease and lit the lamp to give Swift Current a 3-2 lead.
Then it was Finnish Import Aleksi Heponiemi scoring what was likely one of the prettier goals you’d ever see.
— SC Broncos (@SCBroncos) October 11, 2017
Max Patterson netted his first goal as a Swift Current Bronco as he knocked down a pass from Minulin and tapped it by Skinner to increase the margin to 5-2.
Late in the game, the Hurricanes pulled Skinner for the extra attacker but Steenbergen had other ideas, scoring his second of the night and WHL high 15th goal to seal the 6-2 win and keep the Broncos undefeated.
Flodell was outstanding in the Broncos crease, turning aside an impressive 45 shots to earn his sixth straight win.
Shots on goal were 47-35 in favour of Lethbridge. Swift Current went 2/9 on the power play while Lethbridge finished 2/7.
Swift Current continues their three-game home stand with a date against the Vancouver Giants on Friday, October 13th at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex. Puck drop is set for 7:00pm.