The Swift Current Broncos welcomed the reigning Eastern Conference Champions for the first time this season at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex on Saturday night and pulled away late to earn a 4-2 victory thanks to two-goal performances from Matteo Gennaro and Kaden Elder.
Elder scored the opening goal of the game by simply skating into the Pats zone and letting go a perfect wrist shot by the blocker hand of Pats goaltender Tyler Brown 9:34 into the game.
Gennaro continued his hot play, releasing a wrist shot from the same area where Elder scored earlier to make it 2-0 Broncos and effectively ending Brown’s night as Jacob Wasserman entered the game in relief.
Regina would strike on a power play chance in the second period as Bryan Lockner redirected in his sixth of the year to cut the Swift Current lead in half 2-1.
The Pats pounded 18 shots on goal in the middle frame and were rewarded with their second goal of the night. Pats forward Nick Henry pushed one through the pads of Logan Flodell and it squeaked by into the back of the goal, dead locking the score 2-2.
The third period was definitely physical as both teams were trading several body checks, indicating that the rivalry still remains alive and well.
Gennaro pocketed his 26th of the season and second of the night by ripping a good wrist shot from the slot area with less than five minutes to go in regulation. Max Patterson saucered a pass to Gennaro from behind the Pats net, setting up the go-ahead goal.
Kaden Elder added a clutch insurance marker after receiving a nice pass from Beck Malenstyn to effectively put the Broncos up 4-2 and they never looked back.
Logan Flodell was consistent, amassing 33 saves to collect his 24th victory of the season.
Shots on goal were 35-28 in favour of Regina. The Pats went 1/4 on the power play while the Broncos finished 0/2.
Swift Current looks to wrap up their three-in-three set with a win on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Red Deer Rebels on home ice. Puck drop is set for 4:00pm CT. There will be a postgame skate to follow for all fans to take part in and the Broncos players will join in shortly after the conclusion of the game.