Third Period Surge Forces Overtime but Broncos Fall Short to Hurricanes
The third jerseys were sported by the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night as the Lethbridge Hurricanes rolled into Speedy Creek. Trailing 4-1 in the third period, the Broncos put on a show by scoring three straight goals to force overtime but fell in the extra frame 5-4.
Both teams came out with rockets on their skates in the first period as Lethbridge’s Jordy Bellerive and Swift Current’s Ryan Graham traded goals 26 seconds apart in the opening minutes of the game.
The Hurricanes attack led to two more goals from forwards Tanner Nagel and Colton Kroeker to put the Broncos in a 3-1 deficit heading to the second period.
The deficit grew as Egor Babenko made a nice play from behind the Broncos cage to swoop around and connect his pass to the tape of Brett Davis who roofed it by a sprawling Taz Burman. Despite the shots on goal being 26-22 for the Broncos, they saw themselves down 4-1 but magic arrived in the third period.
Aleksi Heponiemi took advantage of a Hurricanes’ turnover deep in their end of the rink and quickly snapped it by goaltender Ryan Gilchrist to cut the deficit in half 4-2. The goal came 30 seconds into the period to create energy for the Bronco faithful in the stands.
Swift Current rode that momentum and kept pushing to make this a hockey game. At the 11:10 mark, defenceman Colby Sissons picked the glove-high corner to close the gap to one. Then it was alternate captain Lane Pederson who tied the game up, going post and in on a two-on-one break. It was a 4-4 hockey game and the crowd was energized throughout the remaining portions of the third period.
Three-on-three overtime was needed to determine a winner in this wild one. The comeback attempt was almost complete but Brennan Menell scored 43 seconds into the extra frame to send the Broncos to a heart breaking 5-4 loss.
Shots on goal were 42-31 in favour of Swift Current in this one. The Broncos scored one power play marker on four opportunities while holding the Hurricanes scoreless in three power play tries of their own.
Next up for the Broncos is a quick trip to Cranbrook, BC for a date with the Kootenay ICE on Wednesday, December 14th. Puck drop is set for 8:00pm CT.