Hofer leads Bron­cos to first win

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The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos fi­nally earned their first win of the sea­son and it came at an op­por­tune time just prior to their BC Di­vi­sion road trip.

Fri­day, the Bron­cos stayed within strik­ing dis­tance for most of the game, but ul­ti­mately lost 4-1 to the visit­ing Spokane Chiefs to drop to 0-7 on the sea­son.

The Chiefs fired 24 shots on net in the first pe­riod and took the lead when Eli Zum­mack tipped home a point shot with 1:50 left in the pe­riod.

The Chiefs dou­bled their lead in the sec­ond pe­riod when Carter Chor­ney tipped home another point shot for the only goal of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Jake Mc­grew added his fifth goal of the sea­son to give the vis­i­tors a 3-0 lead in the third pe­riod. Noah King got the Bron­cos on the board late in the con­test with his first goal of the sea­son. Ri­ley Woods scored into an empty net to close the scor­ing for the Chiefs.

Former Bronco net­min­der Bai­ley Brkin earned the win with 28 saves to re­main un­beaten on the sea­son. Isaac Poul­ter fell to 0-2 with 44 saves on 47 shots for the Bron­cos.

Satur­day, Joel Hofer made 53 saves to lead the Bron­cos to their first win of the sea­son. After seven con­sec­u­tive losses, Hofer made 53 saves over 65 min­utes and then stopped both play­ers in the shootout in a 3-2 win over the host Bran­don Wheat Kings.

Hofer stopped Ste­lio Mattheos and Burzan, while Alec Zawatsky and Max Patterson both scored for the Bron­cos in the shootout.

Mattheos scored both goals to give the Wheat Kings a pair of leads. Zawatsky scored in the sec­ond pe­riod and An­drew Fyten scored with 7:43 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion to force over­time.

Ethan Kruger took the loss with 30 saves on 32 shots.

The Bron­cos were zero-for-five on the power play, while Bran­don scored once on seven man-ad­van­tages.

The Bron­cos im­proved to 1-7-0-0, while the Wheat Kings dropped to 5-01-1.

The Bron­cos are cur­rently in Bri­tish Columbia on a five-game road trip. They visit the Kam­loops Blaz­ers on Fri­day, the Prince Ge­orge Cougars on Sun­day and the Kelowna Rock­ets on Tues­day.

The Bron­cos next home game will be on Oc­to­ber 27 when they host the Everett Sil­ver­tips in a re­match of last year’s WHL Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal.

Bronco Bits:

the Bron­cos an­nounced last week that they had re­leased for­ward Colum Mc­gauley. The Nel­son, BC prod­uct was point­less in two games this sea­son. He had two points in 47 games with the Kelowna Rock­ets last sea­son. The Bron­cos also an­nounced on Fri­day morn­ing that they had ac­quired de­fense­man Gar­rett Sam­brook from the Bran­don Wheat Kings for a con­di­tional ninthround pick in the 2020 Western Hockey League Ban­tam Draft. The 18-year-old had three as­sists and eight penalty min­utes in seven games with the Vir­den Oil Cap­i­tals in the Man­i­toba Ju­nior Hockey League this sea­son. Sam­brook has 10 points in 70 games over parts of three sea­sons with the Wheat Kings. The Bron­cos had an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that they had re­leased de­fense­man Sam Pouliot. The trade leaves nine de­fense­man on the ros­ter, in­clud­ing in­jured im­port Ar­tyom Min­ulin.

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Matthew Culling (left) had one of the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos best scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties against Spokane.

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