The Swift Current Broncos and Regina Pats went toe-to-toe in a Sunday afternoon matinee at the Brandt Centre. Aleksi Heponiemi led the surge, posting three points on the stat sheet while goaltender Stuart Skinner was marvelous, totalling 41 saves in a 4-1 Swift Current win.
During four-on-four action, the Broncos made use of a faceoff play in the Pats end as Heponiemi won the faceoff and centered a pass to the stick tape of Beck Malenstyn who got the job done. For the Washington Capitals prospect, the goal was his sixth of the season and it stood as the lone goal after 20 minutes of action.
20-year-old Broncos forward Matteo Gennaro made the Pats pay when they got careless with the puck in their own end, finding the puck on his stick from the high slot and using his quick release to place his club ahead 2-0. The goal was unassisted and arrived at the nine minute mark of the second period.
Heponiemi contributed on the scoring front, notching his 24th of the season on a Broncos power play to extend the margin to 3-0 with 14:29 left in regulation. Gennaro executed a nice back door pass to the Florida Panthers prospect who one-timed it by Pats goaltender Ryan Kubic.
Regina would get on the board as defenceman Cale Fleury beat Broncos goaltender Skinner with a good low shot from the point.
The Broncos top line consisting of Heponiemi, Glenn Gawdin and Tyler Steenbergen displayed their magic on another man advantage late in the contest. The three pistols all earned a point on a tic-tac-toe passing play with Gawdin finishing it off for his 40th goal of the year.
Shots on goal were 42-35 in favour of Regina. Special teams play was efficient once again as the Broncos power play went 2/4 while the Pats finished 0/3.
Swift Current remains undefeated against Regina this season, posting a 4-0-0 record and now possess a 35-12-3-1 record overall, good enough to sit second in the WHL’s East Division standings.