SWIFT CURRENT, SK – The Swift Current Broncos (10-35-1-3) pulled even twice against the Regina Pats (17-26-3-2) Friday night, but couldn’t do it a third time as the Pats won their fourth in a row with a 4-2 victory.
A scoreless first period saw the Pats outshoot the Broncos 15-7, aided by a pair of power plays.
Early in the second period the Pats opened the scoring as Carson Denomie came down the right wing into the Broncos zone and held onto the puck long enough to get Isaac Poulter to open his five hole before firing home his 18th of the year.
After a back and forth 10 minutes the Broncos tied the game. Tyler Smithies had the puck on the left wing into the Pats zone before dropping it into the middle for Cole Nagy.
Nagy worked it over to the right wing for Sam McGinley who was able to beat Donavan Buskey over the blocker for his third of the year.
The game only remained tied for 3:50 as Denomie scored his second of the game, finishing off a give-and-go passing play with Zack Smith to give Regina the lead with 2:56 left in the second.
Regina took penalties 48 seconds apart late in the period to give the Broncos a 5-on-3 power play with 50 seconds left.
Alex Moar gained control of the puck and placed a perfect shot over the glove of Buskey and off the crossbar to tie the game with just six seconds left in the period.
Aiden Bulych was given a double minor for high sticking early in the third and the Broncos nearly killed off the man advantage. With just one second left, Robbie Holmes hooked the puck from the goal line to Austin Pratt who fired a one timer into the net to give the Pats another one goal lead.
Regina got a insurance marker from Carter Chorney five minutes later to make it 4-2, and the Broncos couldn’t close the gap with the net empty as the Pats won their fourth in a row.
The two teams meet again Saturday night at the Brandt Centre.
Announced attendance was 1,847.