Broncos Complete Comeback, Take Down Cougars 5-4 in Overtime


The Swift Current Broncos met with the B.C. Division leading Prince George Cougars at the CN Centre Tuesday night for Game 2 of their five-game road swing out west. The Broncos erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime and Tyler Steenbergen was the hero as he scored his ninth goal of the season to give Swift Current a thrilling 5-4 road victory.

Prince George opened the scoring early as Shane Collins was credited with a goal that bounced off the boards and the back pad of Bronco goaltender Taz Burman. Yan Khomenko got the lone assist on the goal.

The Broncos answered the call on the man advantage as Tyler Steenbergen took a long cross-ice pass from blue liner Colby Sissons and lasered in his eighth of the campaign to tie the game 1-1.

Glenn Gawdin put the Broncos up 2-1 in the second period after capping off a nice play that saw Finnish import Aleksi Heponiemi work the puck behind the Cougar goal and find a streaking Gawdin toward the net who snapped it by Prince George goaltender Ty Edmonds.

After Kade Jensen took a two minute hooking penalty, the Cougars got a power play goal of their own from Tate Olson to make the score 2-2.

Jesse Gabrielle buried his sixth goal with a high wrist shot from the lower faceoff to give the Cougars a 3-2 lead. Shots on goal favoured Prince George 26-22 heading into the third period.

The Cougars scored their second power play goal of the night as Justin Almeida skated out from the corner and lifted a shot by the blocker side of Burman to double up the Cougars lead to 4-2.

Swift Current took advantage of a power play of their own to get back in the game. Arizona Coyotes prospect Lane Pederson one-timed his third of the year at the 10:32 mark after receiving a long but quick cross-ice pass from Artyom Minulin.

Less than a minute later, Gawdin zoomed down the right wing and found Calvin Spencer in the high slot who made no mistake, roofing a wrist shot by the glove hand of Edmonds to tie this battle up 4-4.

Overtime was required and the Broncos completed the comeback as Steenbergen slid a low backhand shot through Edmonds’ legs to help Swift Current prevail to a 5-4 win and extend their point streak to seven in a row.

Swift Current went a perfect 2/2 on the power play while Prince George finished 2/4. Shots on goal were 34-33 in favour of Prince George.

The Broncos continue their road swing Wednesday evening when they clash with the Kamloops Blazers in their lone meeting of the season. Puck drop is at 8:00pm CST.

Scott Harrigan
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