Swift Current, SK: On a night in which the Broncos were coming off a 4-3 loss to Saskatoon just the night before, the Swift Current Broncos bounced back in a grand way. A four point effort from team captain Glenn Gawdin combined with an astonishing 38 save outing from Logan Flodell led the Broncos to a convincing 4-0 win on Saturday night.
In the first period, the Broncos found themselves shorthanded after Sahvan Khaira landed a holding penalty but the Broncos capitalized as Colby Sissons banked a pass off the boards to send Gawdin on a breakaway. The captain completed a beautiful stick move to beat Jordan Hollett low along his outstretched pad.
Midway through the second period Gawdin directed the puck on goal from the point and it bounced off a Tigers defender right to the stick blade of Artyom Minulin who made no mistake by one-timing his second goal in as many nights.
The Broncos kept coming as Kaden Elder made a nice pass from the corner to find Aleksi Heponiemi directly in front of the Tigers cage. Heponiemi finished off the play for his 10th goal of the season to increase the Bronco lead 3-0.
Special teams play continued to go well for Swift Current. Strong fore-checking by Heponiemi freed up a loose puck for Colby Sissons who sent over a pass to Gawdin, setting up his second shorthanded goal of the game. The marker by the Richmond, BC native marked his 11th of the season and the Broncos fourth goal overall.
Flodell was as steady as a goaltender could be as he picked up his second shutout as a Bronco in what was a 4-0 final.
“The team played a lot more sound defensively and offensively,” said Flodell in a postgame interview. “Today I tried to focus as much as I could in tracking the puck and the guys did well with keeping the puck to the outside.”
Shots on goal were 38-37 in favour of Swift Current. The Broncos penalty kill was perfect in going 6/6 on the night while Medicine Hat didn’t see any time on penalty kill.
Swift Current returns to the ice on Friday, November 3rd when they meet the Prince Albert Raiders for the first of eight meetings this season at the Art Hauser Centre. Puck drop is at 7:00pm.