The Swift Current Broncos were seeking their first home win of the season as the Portland Winterhawks arrived in Swift Current for their second game of an eight-game road swing on Tuesday night at the Credit Union i-Plex. The Bronco offence came to life as they scored six times in the second period en route to a big 7-3 win over the Winterhawks.
Before the game, the Swift Current Broncos honoured Bronco Alumnus Tim Tisdale as he was part of the 1989 Bronco Club that won the WHL Championship and went on to win the Memorial Cup. Tisdale was the Memorial Cup hero that year as he scored the 4-3 overtime winner against the Saskatoon Blades in the Memorial Cup Final to clinch the title.
Once the game got underway, rookie forward Riley Stotts got things started quickly for the Broncos as he recorded his first career WHL goal just 2:44 into the first period.
The Winterhawks responded as Skyler McKenzie notched his fifth goal of the season to tie the game up at 1-1.
Early in the middle frame, Bronco’s import defenceman Artyom Minulin lasered one by Winterhawks’ goaltender Michael Bullion from the corner faceoff dot to give Swift Current a 2-1 lead.
Lane Pederson followed that up with a nice end-to-end play down the right wing and tallied his second goal of the season to increase the Broncos lead to 3-1. Goaltender Travis Child recorded an assist on the play.
The Winterhawks remained close as Colton Veloso got a breakaway opportunity on a shorthanded rush and roofed one by Travis Child to cut the Bronco lead to one.
The Broncos then exploded in the final four minutes of the period scoring four times, including a pair of goals from alternate captain Glenn Gawdin, one from Tyler Steenbergen and import forward Aleksi Heponiemi registering his first career WHL goal. Despite being outshot 16-12 in the frame, the Broncos scored six times and cruised to an eventual 7-3 win to improve their record to 4-2-0-0 on the season.
“We got back on track in Brandon on Sunday,” said Broncos forward Lane Pederson. “We played a pretty good game tonight and we’re just trying to build off that each and every day. We’ll see where this thing can go.”
Swift Current finished 1/5 on the power play while Portland capitalized once in four tries. Shots on goal favoured the Broncos 42-36.
The Broncos will head back east to take on the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night at 6:30pm before returning home on Saturday night to battle the Prince Albert Raiders at 7:00pm at the Credit Union i-Plex.