A couple former Swift Current Broncos forwards in Riley Stotts and Kaden Elder arrived with the Calgary Hitmen on Wednesday night and recorded two points each as the Broncos were handed a 6-2 loss.
Cael Zimmerman potted the first goal for Calgary 3:29 into the contest, putting the Broncos behind the eight ball early but they responded later in the frame.
19-year-old forward Ethan O’Rourke resumed his hot streak of finding twine, burying his ninth of the season to extend his goal-scoring streak to five straight contests. Broncos captain Tanner Nagel and O’Rourke got themselves on a two-on-one break and Nagel fired a wrist shot on net that was stopped but O’Rourke was in perfect position to bang in the rebound.
Swift Current got in trouble moments later playing catch up in their own end of the ice. Layne Toder and James Malm scored 18 seconds apart to give the Hitmen a 3-1 margin. Malm executed a wraparound and tucked his shot by Broncos goaltender Riley Lamb and the Hitmen’s Stotts earned an assist.
Luke Coleman then added a power play goal to round out a four-goal period for Calgary and it was 4-1 at the first intermission with shots on goal being 18-7 for the Hitmen.
Swift Current forward Ian Briscoe was granted a penalty shot attempt midway through the second period. The Winnipeg, MB product was denied as his shot attempt was stopped by Hitmen goaltender Brayden Peters but Briscoe would later get his redemption as he scored his second goal of the season on a Broncos man advantage.
The Broncos started the third period only down a pair of goals, however the Hitmen’s Malm recorded his second goal of the night to make it a 5-2 lead and that was followed by Elder netting a power play marker for Calgary’s sixth goal of the night in what ended up being a 6-2 loss for Swift Current.
Shots on goal were 43-32 in favour of Calgary. The Hitmen went 2/4 on the power play while the Broncos finished 1/6.
Swift Current will take off on the road this weekend to duel against the Kootenay ICE on Friday, February 1st. Puck drop is set for 8:00pm CT.