Preview: Broncos host Pats to begin weekend series

Ed Fonger

SWIFT CURRENT, SK –¬†The Swift Current Broncos (10-34-1-3) are hoping a weekend set with the Regina Pats (16-26-3-2) will help them get back on track as they’ve taken three of four games against Regina this season. It won’t be easy however as the Pats enter the weekend having won three straight, all of them in overtime or a shootout.

Saturday the Broncos had the Prince Albert Raiders in town, dropping a 4-1 game on home ice. Matej Toman scored the lone goal, his first as a Bronco, but special teams were the deciding factor in the game as the Broncos finished 0-for-7 on the power play, while the Raiders went 2-for-3.

Isaac Poulter turned aside 29 shots in the Broncos net, now putting him at 1,266 saves this season. That number, along with the 1,395 overall shots he’s faced, are tops in the Western Hockey League despite being seventh in minutes played.

The Pats have been surging as of late, winning their last three games and posting an 8-8-0-1 record since the Christmas break. Gone is long-time goaltender Max Paddock, shipped to the Prince Albert Raiders in a trade deadline blockbuster which saw the Pats receive 2002-born forward Jakob Brook and two draft picks in return. Brook has not played with Regina since the trade.

This weekend will be the final time the Broncos and Pats see each other this season as the Broncos look for the season-series win. The last time these teams saw each other was in early January when the Broncos won 7-5 on home ice before a 5-4 shootout win in Regina the very next night.

Season Series

November 19, 2019 – Broncos 2 @ Pats 1 Boxscore

November 22, 2019 – Broncos 0 vs Pats 6 Boxscore

Janaury 3, 2020 – Broncos 7 vs Pats 5 Boxscore

January 4, 2020 – Broncos 5 @ Pats 4 SO Boxscore

February 7, 2020 – Broncos vs Pats

February 8, 2020 – Broncos @ Pats

Leading Scorers

Swift Current Broncos

Player Goals Assists Games Played
D-Jay Jerome 16 21 51
Jaxan Kaluski 17 8 35
Tyler Smithies 5 13 41

Regina Pats

Player Goals Assists Games Played
Austin Pratt 15 27 47
Carson Denomie 17 23 49
Robbie Holmes 18 20 46

Special Teams

Team Power Play Penalty Kill
Swift Current 12.5 (22nd) 75.0 (20th)
Regina 16.8 (18th) 77.2 (17th)
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