There’s nothing like an East Division rivalry matchup on a Sunday afternoon as the Swift Current Broncos met the Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre for their second meeting of the 2018-19 season. On Sunday, it was all Regina in the latest of chapter of this historic rivalry as they won 7-1.
Austin Pratt got the lone goal of the opening frame when he captured a bouncing puck in the Broncos crease and batted it in. Shots on target were 11-6 in favour of Regina through 20 minutes.
A Swift Current miscue occurred at the start of the second period when goaltender Joel Hofer was caught with the puck behind his net trying to make a play. Pats forward Jake Leschyshyn intercepted the pass and dished it to Nick Henry who put it in the open cage.
Swift Current had an opportunity to get one back when Cole Dubinsky landed a two-minute minor for delay of game but Regina pushed their lead to 3-0 with a shorthanded marker from Scott Mahovlich.
Regina built their lead to 4-0 after a power play goal from Sergei Alkhimov but the Broncos got one back before the second period concluded. Rookie forward Joona Kiviniemi completed a nice move by skating out of the corner in Pats territory, went towards the net and did a forehand-backhand move to beat Pats netminder Max Paddock five-hole.
Alkhimov put the game out of reach minutes into the third period as he buried his second of the night to push the Pats advantage back to four-goals.
Broncos forward Matthew Culling came close to scoring when Connor Horning’s dump in took a favourable bounce off the stanchion, resulting in the puck being near the Pats crease area with Paddock out of position. However, the Pats goalie quickly made it back to deny Culling’s backhand attempt.
Regina scored twice more and went on to defeat the Broncos by a 7-1 margin.
Shots on goal were 40-22 in favour of Regina. Swift Current finished 0/5 on the power play while Regina went 1/4.
The Broncos losing streak extends to seven straight with the loss and they look to snap that when they host the Kootenay ICE at the Innovation Credit Union I-Plex on Tuesday, October 30th. Puck drop is at 7:00pm MT.