Sunday afternoon hockey took place at the XFINITY Arena in Everett, WA as the Swift Current Broncos played their third game in three nights against the Everett Silvertips and it was a slugfest in regards to hits and physical play in a penalty-filled contest.
Silvertips forward Garrett Pilon skated hard to the net and redirected a pass from line mate Wyatte Wylie by goaltender Stuart Skinner to give Everett the early 1-0 lead.
The Tips kept coming as Sean Richards tipped one in next door from the Broncos crease just 47 seconds later. Swift Current Head Coach Manny Viveiros called a timeout directly afterwards to get his team to regroup.
The Broncos responded as 19-year-old forward Andrew Fyten smacked home his first goal as a Bronco. The 6’1, 188 lb forward was in good position in front of the Tips crease and shot one in as soon as the puck found his stick. Aleksi Heponiemi earned an assist to keep his massive point streak alive, now at a league best 28 games.
Everett restored their two-goal lead as Riley Sutter followed up on his own shot that was initially stopped by Skinner before rising a high wrist shot from in close. The Broncos were fortunate to remain in the game as they were outshot by a heavy 17-2 margin in the second period.
The third period saw Swift Current begin the frame on the man advantage and the boys generated several scoring chances, including one from rookie defenceman Jacson Alexander from in close, but he was denied from the outstretched leg of Silvertips netminder Carter Hart.
Sean Richards received three straight minor penalties, two of them in the third period but the Broncos power play couldn’t solve Hart and the Tips penalty kill play.
Matt Fonteyne saw a bouncing puck land on his stick and he ripped a low shot past Skinner to build the Tips lead to 4-1. Immediately after the goal, the Broncos Estephan cross-checked Fonteyne and chaos erupted as the Tips’ Richards received a five-minute major penalty for attempt to injure.
Broncos blue liner Josh Anderson earned himself a 10-minute misconduct amongst other minor penalties and scrums occurring from players on both squads. The Broncos went on to fall by a score of 4-1.
Shots on goal were 34-24 in favour of Everett. Both teams went 0/5 on their power plays respectively.
Swift Current closes out their U.S. road swing on Tuesday, January 23rd against the Spokane Chiefs at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. Puck drop is at 9:00pm CT.