Glenn Gawdin and Cole Johnson made their presence felt as they returned to the lineup on Wednesday night and guided the Swift Current Broncos to a 5-2 victory over the Kootenay ICE on Wednesday night, ending a three-game losing skid.
The Broncos initially started off slow with the ICE getting a goal from Vince Loschiavo 35 seconds into the game and were outshot 9-2 before turning things around in a big way.
Broncos forward Conner Chaulk scooped up a rebound in front of the ICE net and slid it in to tie the game 1-1 at the 13:29 mark of the frame.
That was followed up by Ryan Graham netting his 10th goal of the season to give the Broncos a 2-1 lead, redirecting an initial point shot from defenceman Max Lajoie.
Matt Alfaro responded for Kootenay, deflecting a shot himself by Broncos goaltender Travis Child to tie this affair up through 20 minutes.
After both teams traded some scoreless power play chances in the first half of the second period, Swift Current trounced on the ICE with two goals coming from forwards Tyler Steenbergen and Cole Johnson.
Steenbergen tucked in a rebound opportunity off a long point shot from teammate Dom Schmiemann. That was followed up by a two-on-one break featuring Riley Stotts and Cole Johnson which led to the Broncos fourth goal. Stotts skated down the left wing and made the pass over to Johnson, bouncing it off his skate and into the back of the ICE net for a good goal to make it 4-2. Shots were 31-19 for Swift Current after two periods.
Aleksi Heponiemi added another for the Broncos in the third period en route to a 5-2 Swift Current win.
Gawdin registered an assist in his first game back from injury that saw the team captain miss 19 games.
Swift Current heavily outshot Kootenay in this one by a 43-23 margin. Both teams were scoreless on the power play with Swift Current going 0/2 and Kootenay finishing 0/1.
The Swift Current Broncos now kick off a home-and-home set against the Prince Albert Raiders with the first game at the Credit Union i-Plex going Friday night. Puck drop is set for 7:00pm CST.