The Swift Current Broncos made their way to the Brandt Centre in Regina on Friday night with a 3-1 series lead over the Regina Pats and a chance to eliminate their East Division rivals. It wasn’t meant to be as the Broncos lost a closely contested game by a score of 3-2.
Swift Current lit the lamp on a man advantage as Colby Sissons let a hard wrist shot go from the point and the puck found the twine. It was 1-0 with Riley Stotts and Artyom Minulin registering the assists.
The WHL’s leading scorer in the regular season Sam Steel roofed one by Jordan Papirny blocker side 11 seconds into a Regina power play late in the first period. The score was knotted 1-1 through the opening 20 minutes.
Pats skaters Connor Hobbs and Nick Henry scored 38 seconds apart early in the second period to place Swift Current in a quick 3-1 hole. The Broncos called a timeout immediately to regroup. Shots on goal were 10 apiece in the frame and the Broncos were down a pair of goals leading to period number three.
Emotions ran high on the ice as Austin Wagner landed a five-minute major for kneeing after a collision with Broncos forward Riley Lindgren. The Broncos would score during the ensuing power play as St Louis Blues prospect and Bronco captain Glenn Gawdin tipped one by Pats goaltender Tyler Brown.
Pats forward Braydon Buziak was awarded a penalty shot during the major penalty after getting hooked on a shorthanded break. The 19-year-old was stopped by Broncos goaltender Papirny.
Swift Current pulled Papirny late for the extra attacker but the magic didn’t work this time around as 3-2 ended up being the final score.
Shots on goal were 36-32 in favour of Regina. Both Swift Current goals came on the power play as they finished 2/7 in the game while Regina went 1/4.
Despite the loss, the Broncos still own a 3-2 series lead and get another shot at eliminating Regina on Saturday, April 15th for Game 6 at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex.