Balanced Attack Catapults Broncos to 6-3 Victory


The Swift Current Broncos netted three power play goals en route to doubling up the Brandon Wheat Kings by a score of 6-3 on Tuesday night at Westman Place.

Russian import Artyom Minulin wristed in his eighth of the season from the point on a Broncos power play to make it a 1-0 Swift Current advantage 11:31 into the game.

After a slew of penalties resulted in additional power play time for the Broncos, the WHL’s leading goal scorer Tyler Steenbergen deposited his 51st goal of the season to give his club a 2-0 lead. Aleksi Heponiemi and Minulin picked up the helpers on the goal.

Brandon countered with two quick goals to start the second period. Tanner Kaspick and Nolan Patrick scored 1:03 into the frame and soon enough, it was a 2-2 game. Patrick’s goal came on a give-and-go play with Stelio Mattheos and he went five-hole on Broncos goaltender Taz Burman.

Riley Stotts gave the Broncos a one-goal lead late in the second period as he made a great move on a partial breakaway, going forehand backhand to beat Wheat Kings netminder Logan Thompson blocker side.

Less than a minute later, Lane Pederson scored a beautiful goal in which he dangled around the Wheat Kings defender, by a sprawled Thompson before bringing the puck back to his forehand and sliding it home for his 24th of the season.

Swift Current held a 4-2 lead heading into the third period and continued to pour it on. Ryley Lindgren completed a pass from behind the Wheat Kings net to Glenn Gawdin, setting up the captain’s 25th goal of the campaign.

Ty Lewis then took advantage of a Lindgren turnover and netted his 30th marker to cut the deficit to 5-3.

The Broncos then put the game out of reach on a third period power play in which Arthur Miller crashed the net to tuck in a loose puck, giving the Broncos a comfortable 6-3 lead that stood as the final score. Conner Chaulk tallied his third assist of the night on the goal.

Swift Current went a perfect 3/3 on the man advantage and killed off a pair of Wheat Kings’ power play opportunities. Shots on goal were 42-27 in favour of Swift Current.

The Broncos have won six in a row away from home and look to continue that trend Wednesday night at the Brandt Centre where the streak initially started on February 26th against the Regina Pats. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm CT.

Scott Harrigan
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