Extra time required for Broncos
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.