Ex­tra time re­quired for Bron­cos

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos only won once last week, but they did earn four of a pos­si­ble six points dur­ing three games that all went past reg­u­la­tion to re­main in top spot in the East Di­vi­sion.

Wed­nes­day, Gra­ham Black scored the over­time win­ner on a penalty shot as the Bron­cos scored an un­likely come from be­hind win over the vis­it­ing Bran­don Wheat Kings.

Swift Cur­rent ac­com­plished the up­hill task of scor­ing a pair of late third pe­riod goals with their net empty for an ex­tra at­tacker to erase a 3-1 deficit and force the ex­tra ses­sion.

Black nearly scored on a break­away dur­ing the four on four over­time ses­sion, but was hauled down by Wheat Kings de­fence­man Colton Waltz.

Black made no mis­take on his penalty shot, deak­ing to Bran­don goal­tender Cur­tis Honey’s stick side and fir­ing a shot just in­side the post for the 4-3 win.

Equally as thrilling was the way the Bron­cos got to over­time, with Swift Cur­rent crash­ing the net for a pair of goals in the fi­nal 2:14 of play. Nathan Burns scored his 19th goal of the sea­son from the top of the crease to pull the Bron­cos within a goal. Coda Gor- don tied the game at 3-3 with his 19th of the sea­son with just 25 sec­onds re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion.

Swift Cur­rent found them­selves twice trail­ing by two goal mar­gins, fall­ing be­hind 2-0 and 3-1 be­fore mount­ing the mem­o­rable come­back. Jake DeBrusk had the other Bron­cos goal, scor­ing his ninth of the sea­son early in the third pe­riod.

Bron­cos net­min­der Eetu Lau­rikainen picked up his 16th win af­ter turn­ing aside 32 of 35 shots.

Fri­day, the Bron­cos scored late to force over­time again but only man­aged a sin­gle point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the vis­it­ing Prince Al­bert Raiders.

The Raiders snapped a five-game los­ing streak be­hind 37 saves from Nick McBride in reg­u­la­tion and over­time be­fore he stopped Jay Merkley, Burns, and Black in the shootout.

Leon Drai­saitl scored the only goal in the shootout for Prince Al­bert.

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