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Preview: Broncos want short memory as they visit Winnipeg

Ed Fonger

WINNIPEG, MB – The Swift Current Broncos (6-16-1-2) are looking to put a disappointing third period behind them as they finish off the Manitoba portion of their road schedule tonight against the Winnipeg ICE (14-11-1-0).

Tuesday, the Broncos held a 3-1 lead after the second period in Brandon, but collapsed as the Wheat Kings came storming back, scoring six unanswered goals to take the game 7-3.

Sergei Alhkimov scored a power-play goal in the first period, his ninth point in nine games with the Broncos, as the game was tied at one after one.

After weathering a lengthy storm from the Wheat Kings, Hayden Ostir scored a shorthanded goal with a little under five minutes remaining in the second before Aiden Bulych jumped on a rebound in front to give the Broncos the two-goal advantage heading into the final frame.

The Wheat Kings comeback began just a minute into the third to cut the Broncos lead in half before the offence came to life. By the time the period was 5:40 old, the Wheat Kings had a 5-3 lead and would add two more later on to finish the emphatic come back.

Reece Klassen finished with 31 saves.

The ICE have been off since Saturday when they beat those very same Wheat Kings on home ice. Connor McClennon scored a hat trick and Jakin Smallwood got the game winner with 7:48 left in regulation.

The ICE got a major boost to their lineup recently as Vegas Golden Knights first rounder Peyton Krebs returned from off-season surgery. So far he’s recorded six assists in five games.

Wednesday is the third meeting of the season between the Broncos and ICE, the first two of which had vastly different results. October 12 the Broncos led 5-1 after the first period before the ICE came storming back, eventually taking the game 6-5 in a shootout.

November 2 the Broncos made their first trip to Winnipeg, but were shutout for the second straight game, 4-0, after losing 5-0 in Brandon the night before.

Season Series

October 12, 2019 – Bronocos 5 vs ICE 6 SO Boxscore

November 2, 2019 – Broncos 0 @ ICE 4 Boxscore

December 4, 2019 – Broncos @ ICE

February 12, 2020 – Broncos vs ICE

Leading Scorers

Player Goals Assists Games Played
Ethan Regnier 6 7 21
Sergei Alkhimov 4 6 25
Kasper Puutio 1 9 23

Winnipeg ICE

Player Goals Assists Games Played
Michal Teply 11 15 26
Connor McClennon 9 15 26
Isaac Johnson 8 15 26

Special Teams

Team Power Play Penalty Kill
Swift Current 11.6 (21st) 73.3 (21st)
Winnipeg 21.o (9th) 66.2 (22nd)
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