The Swift Current Broncos dropped consecutive games for the first time since late October, falling to the Saskatoon Blades by a score of 4-3 on Saturday night at the Innovation Credit Union i-Plex.
Saskatoon got on the board first as Cameron Hebig let a wrister go that fooled Broncos goaltender Joel Hofer and the Broncos were down 1-0 three minutes into the opening frame.
New Jersey Devils prospect Colby Sissons rocketed a one-timer through Blades goaltender Nolan Maier to draw even 1-1. Matteo Gennaro won the offensive zone faceoff to freshly signed defenceman Jacson Alexander who then made the pass to Sissons, setting up the goal. For Alexander, the assist marked his first Western Hockey League point.
The second period saw the Broncos take a 2-1 lead as 19-year-old forward Beck Malenstyn worked along the ends boards to dig up a loose puck and find Max Patterson for his fourth goal of the year.
Saskatoon tied it up at the 6:03 mark of the third period as Josh Paterson took advantage of a lucky bouncing puck from in close and slapped it by Hofer to make the score 2-2.
Seconds later, the Broncos restored their one goal cushion as Malenstyn’s attempted cross ice pass went off the stick of the Blades’ Paterson and fooled goaltender Maier.
Paterson atoned for the own goal by tucking in a rebound to once again tie this affair 3-3.
Blades forward Braylon Shmyr completed a sly move near the Broncos goal to avoid a barrage of poke checks from the Broncos defence and zipped a shot by the glove hand of Hofer to put Swift Current behind 4-3. The goal by Shmyr was the ultimate difference maker as Swift Current had no late game magic this time around.
Shots on goal were 32 apiece. Saskatoon scored a pair of power play goals on six opportunities while Swift Current’s power play was cold, finishing 0/3.
The Broncos will begin 2018 with a date against their rivals again and seek revenge, this time at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon on Monday, January 1st for an afternoon matinee. Puck drop is at 2:00pm CT.