The Swift Current Broncos and Regina Pats met for the second of eight meetings this season at the Brandt Centre on Friday night. The Pats offence proved to be too much as the Broncos dropped their second in a row to Regina by an 8-1 score.
The Broncos fell behind the eight ball 11:45 into the first period as Riley Woods was credited for a strange goal that took a weird bounce from behind the Broncos net, off the back of Taz Burman’s pad and into the net. It was Teddy Bear Toss night in Regina so fans proceeded to toss the bears on the ice in tradition.
When play resumed, Nick Henry potted his 13th of the season to make it a 2-0 game but the Broncos responded on the power play minutes later. Finnish import Aleksi Heponiemi used his on-ice vision to his advantage by completing a long cross ice pass through a maze of legs to set up Kaden Elder for his 7th goal of the season at the 16:15 mark.
Pats forward Filip Ahl scored to restore Regina’s two-goal lead and it was a 3-1 game through 20 minutes of play.
Connor Hobbs wired a high slap shot by Burman to extend the Pats lead 4-1 early in the second period, resulting in the Broncos making a change in goal with Travis Child entering the game in relief of Burman.
With the score 4-1 in the third period, the Pats capitalized on a penalty from Kole Gable with a power play goal from forward Dawson Leedahl to make it a 5-1 game.
That was followed by Hobbs and Henry registering their second markers of the night. With the score 7-1, Broncos defenceman Dom Schmiemann and Pats forward Adam Brooks dropped the gloves and each earned fighting majors while several others received 10-minute misconducts.
The game ended up being an 8-1 final score for Regina. Swift Current finished 1/4 on the man advantage while Regina went 2/3. Shots on goal were 45-27 in favour of Regina.
The Broncos return home to host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Credit Union i-Plex on Saturday, December 10th. Puck drop is at 7:00pm CT.