Broncos Erase Three-Goal Deficit but fall to Wheat Kings in Shootout 4-3


The Swift Current Broncos returned to the ice on Saturday night after a week off in between games and faced the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Credit Union i-Plex in the first game of a home-and-home set. The Broncos scored three times in the third period to erase what was a 3-0 deficit but fell 4-3 in a shootout.

Stelio Mattheos scored the opening goal with nine seconds remaining in the first period with Ty Lewis and Tanner Kaspick collecting the assists.

The Broncos got into some penalty trouble midway through the second period as the Wheat Kings landed a couple power play opportunities out of it. It resulted in Ty Lewis notching his 12th goal of the season after tapping in a loose puck resulting from a scramble in front of the Bronco goal.

Blue liner Schael Higson increased that lead to 3-0 late in the frame, marking his first goal of the season.

Broncos forward Arthur Miller and Wheat Kings winger Zach Russell got in a spirited tilt at the 7:36 mark of the third period and it provided a much-needed spark for Swift Current.

Fresh from playing for Team WHL at the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series, forward Lane Pederson one-timed a zinger on the power play to put his team on the board.

At the 15:30 mark of the third period, 20-year old forward Calvin Spencer was credited with his seventh marker of the campaign after a play that needed video review. The goal was unassisted and came on the power play.

Finally, Pederson took advantage of a Wheat Kings turnover deep in their zone and snapped it by goaltender Jordan Papirny for his second of the night and to tie the game 3-3.

In overtime, the Broncos were rewarded with a two minute power play after Jordan Wharrie took a holding penalty but could not solve the Wheat Kings penalty kill and Papirny.

A shootout was required to determine a winner and Brandon won the shootout 2-1 to get the 4-3 score. Reid Duke and Stelio Mattheos scored for Brandon while Aleksi Heponiemi got the lone goal for the Broncos.

Shots on goal were 36-29 for Swift Current. The two clubs combined for three power play markers with Swift Current going 2/5 and Brandon finishing 1/4.

The Broncos head eastbound to take on the Wheat Kings in the back half of their home-and-home set. Puck drop is set for 4:00pm.

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