In a packed Credit Union i-Plex on a Saturday night, the Swift Current Broncos snuck out a wild 3-2 win over the visiting Saskatoon Blades to stay in the race for second place in the East Division.
Ryley Lindgren lasered in his 24th of the season from the right faceoff dot to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead 6:10 into the first period.
The Saskatoon Blades responded with two quick goals 31 seconds apart and it was all of a sudden 2-1 for the Blades. Mason McCarty scored the tying goal and Logan Christensen snuck a low shot by Broncos goaltender Taz Burman from the slot.
Tyler Steenbergen then sent all 2,476 fans in attendance on their feet by banging in his 50th goal of the season that tied the game 2-2. Steenbergen received an incredible reception from the crowd from the moment the goal was scored right up until after it was announced over the public address in the rink. Furthermore, the 19-year-old Sylvan Lake, AB native became the first player across the WHL to reach the 50-goal plateau this season and became the first Swift Current Bronco to accomplish this milestone since Jeremy Williams scored 52 in the 2003-2004 campaign.
Penalty trouble came into play in the middle frame as the Broncos landed three minor penalties but the penalty kill was efficient in denying the Blades their third goal.
Then Lindgren played the role of hero late in the hockey game, burying his 25th of the season and second of the night to give his club a 3-2 margin with 58 seconds left in regulation time.
Burman continued his steady play in the Broncos cage, finishing the night with an incredible 35 save performance, including 16 saves in the third period alone as the Broncos escaped with the 3-2 win.
Ottawa Senators prospect Max Lajoie capped off a great outing with two assists to go along with a plus-2 rating. With the victory, Swift Current takes the season series against Saskatoon 6-2.
Shots on goal were 37-30 in favour of Saskatoon. Both teams combined to go 0/10 on the power play with Saskatoon finishing 0/6.
The Broncos have won seven of their past eight games and seek another victory on Tuesday, March 14th when they visit the Keystone Centre to take on the Brandon Wheat Kings. Puck drop is 6:00pm CT