Recap: Broncos season ends with overtime loss to Raiders

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Regina, Sask. – In a game that featured just about everything, the Swift Current Broncos (6-16-2-0) had their 2020-21 season come to an end with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Prince Albert Raiders (9-11-3-1) Wednesday night.

Raphael Pelletier gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead early in the first period before they ran into penalty trouble, allowing the Raiders to tie the game. A long shot from the blue line snuck it’s way past Reid Dyck late in the period to give the Raiders a 2-1 lead after one.

Max Paddock kept his team ahead 2-1 in the final seconds of the period by robbing Michael Farren on a rebound with the glove.

Bode Hagan tied the game in the second period, finishing off a flip pass from Karson King who picked up an assist in his first WHL game. Prince Albert took a 3-2 lead into the intermission after late power-play goal.

The Raiders added to their lead just 16 seconds into the third period, capitalizing on a turnover to jump ahead 4-2. Carter Stebbings cut into the lead just over a minute later with a power-play goal.

After Reece Vitelli’s second goal of the game to give the Raiders a 5-3 lead, the game took a dramatic turn as Paddock was ejected from the game.

After a snow shower from Josh Davies, Paddock began raining punches down on Davies and was ejected for an intent to injure game misconduct, forcing Carter Serhyenko into action.

After Mathew Ward scored on the ensuing power play, the game remained 5-4 into the final minutes. With Dyck on the bench for the extra attacker, Prince Albert turned the puck over at their own blue line and Farren threw it on net.

Serhyenko made the save, but Cole Nagy backhanded the rebound in to tie the game with 1:03 left on the clock, setting the stage for overtime.

Just 54 seconds into overtime, Ozzy Wiesblatt ended the game with the winner on a breakaway.

The Broncos would like to congratulate Michael Farren, Kaleb Bulych and Owen Williams who have now graduated from the Western Hockey League.

As well as a thank you to all the fans, sponsors and support staff that made the 2020-21 season possible.

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