SWIFT CURRENT, SK – The Swift Current Broncos (6-19-1-2) outplayed the Lethbridge Hurricanes (18-9-0-5) for long stretches Saturday night, but an early power-play goal in the third period turned out to be the winner as the Broncos dropped a 5-3 game.
Jaxan Kaluski opened the scoring 9:28 into the game by taking a centring pass from Hendrik De Klerk and wiring a wrist shot past Bryan Thomson for his fifth of the year.
Logan Barlage answered back five minutes later by recovering a loose puck on a partial breakaway and using his long reach to pull it around Isaac Poulter for his ninth of the year.
Early in the second the Hurricanes struck for two goals in 55 seconds. First was Nick Dorrington capitalizing on a failed clear by the Broncos, taking the puck to the net before getting knocked down and putting in his own rebound for his first career WHL goal.
Less than a minute later, De Klerk blocked a centring pass from Dylan Cozens, but it deflected right to Zack Stringer who rifled a shot past Poulter to give the Hurricanes a 3-1 lead.
The Broncos turned up the pressure over the second half of the period and eventually cut into the Lethbridge lead.
After Hayden Ostir was stopped on a breakaway, Kaluski backhanded the loose puck to the crease where Ethan Regnier tapped it into an open net to make it 3-2 with seven minutes remaining in the period.
Early in the third Kaleb Bulych was called for cross checking, giving Lethbridge’s dangerous power play a chance to score, and they did.
Calen Addison fired a pass across the slot to Alex Cotton who hammered a one timer past Poulter to double the Hurricanes lead.
The game remained 4-2 until the final minutes when Dylan Cozens hit the empty net for a shorthanded goal, before Kaluski scored his second of the game in the final minute for the 5-3 final score.
The Broncos are now on the road for three straight starting in Edmonton on Wednesday before the Christmas break begins the following week.