The Swift Current Broncos began a challenging three-in-three set as they headed east to clash against the Brandon Wheat Kings who entered the matchup trailing Swift Current by five points for second place in the WHL’s East Division standings. Broncos forward Matteo Gennaro scored twice but his club was edged in overtime by a 3-2 score.
Gennaro scored the lone goal in the opening period as he cleaned up the mess, potting his 23rd of the season after teammate Max Patterson made a strong power move to the Wheat Kings goal from the left wing.
Brandon outshot Swift Current 14-9 through 20 minutes but goaltender Logan Flodell was a brick wall in stopping every shot sent his way.
The home team did eventually light the lamp as Baron Thompson tipped in a point shot from Ty Ettinger 6:27 into the second period to force a 1-1 deadlock.
On Swift Current’s lone power play, the unit was buzzing as they hit not one, but two posts but couldn’t solve Wheat Kings netminder Logan Thompson and the score remained that way until the third period.
Gennaro would tack on his second goal of the night after Sahvan Khaira made a terrific play to fake a slap shot but instead direct a slap pass towards Gennaro who was stationed perfectly at the side of the Wheat Kings goal.
However, the Wheat Kings’ Evan Weinger scored the tying goal on a Brandon power play and some three-on-three overtime was required to determine a winner.
At the 3:32 mark, Ty Lewis skated out of the Broncos zone, re-entered the zone along the right wing and turned up the speed towards the Broncos goal eventually scoring the game winner.
Shots on goal were 35-26 in favour of Brandon. The Broncos went scoreless on their single power play opportunity while the Wheat Kings executed once on four man advantages.
The Broncos return home for a pair of home games over the weekend, the first being against the Regina Pats on Saturday, January 6th at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex. Puck drop is set for 7pm.