The Swift Current Broncos let a 2-1 third period lead slip away as they were edged by the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 on Saturday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Lane Pederson opened the scoring with his sixth of the campaign in the final moments of a Broncos power play at the 13:02 mark of the opening period. Tyler Steenbergen made a nice play to fight off a pair of Hitmen skaters and find Pederson in the slot.
Tyler Mrkonjic tied things up for Calgary with a goal that came via a wraparound try that Broncos goaltender Taz Burman got a piece of but the puck took a strange bounce and went in. The score was 1-1 through the opening 20 minutes.
Late in the second period, the Broncos displayed their tendencies of trickery on a power play chance. Forward Aleksi Heponiemi was skating along the back of the Hitmen cage and got Hitmen goaltender Kyle Dumba cheating along the far side before sneaking a back door pass to a wide open Steenbergen who tapped it in the open cage.
Up 2-1 heading into the final frame, the Hitmen executed with two goals 30 seconds apart in the opening minutes of the period. Jakob Stukel netted his fourth on an individual end-to-end effort and Andrei Grishakov followed that up with a goal after jumping on a loose puck when a Drea Esposito shot was initially blocked in front of the net.
The Broncos pulled Burman for the extra attacker with two minutes on the clock and had pressure in the Hitmen zone but couldn’t get the tying goal.
Taz Burman stopped 30 shots in a losing cause while Kyle Dumba made 20 saves for Calgary.
Swift Current went 1/7 on the power play while Calgary was scoreless on the man advantage, going 0/3.
The Broncos return to action next weekend when they host the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday, November 12th at the Credit Union i-Plex. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.