Bron­cos fall to past play­off foes

The Southwest Booster - - CLASSIFIEDS -

The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos met two of their four op­po­nents from the 2018 West­ern Hockey League play­offs but lost both con­tests over the week­end.

Satur­day, the Bron­cos lost the spe­cial teams bat­tle in a 4-1 loss to the Everett Sil­ver­tips in a re­match of last year’s WHL Cham­pi­onship se­ries.

The Sil­ver­tips scored once on the power play and twice while short­handed to hand the Bron­cos their sixth con­sec­u­tive loss.

The Sil­ver­tips opened the scor­ing 2:15 into the game when Connor De­war scored while short­handed. The Bron­cos tied the game at the 11:43 mark of the pe­riod when Tan­ner Nagel knocked home a re­bound for his third goal of the sea­son.

Gianni Fair­brother gave the Sil­ver­tips a sec­ond lead with an­other short­handed goal with 3:06 left in the mid­dle stanza.

The Sil­ver­tips en­sured the vic­tory with a power play goal from De­war early in the third pe­riod and an empty net goal from Ri­ley Sut­ter.

Isaac Poul­ter took the loss with 37 saves on 40 shots to fall to 0–4-0-0. Dustin Wolfe im­proved to 10-5-0-0 with 22 saves.

Everett fin­ished 4-2 on their East Divi­sion road trip to im­prove to 10-5-0-0 over­all.

Sun­day, the Bron­cos were the vic­tims of a 7-1 drub­bing at the hands of the host Regina Pats. Joona Kiviniemi scored the lone goal in the sec­ond pe­riod to cut the deficit to 4-1. Joel Hofer took the loss with 33 saves on 40 shots.

Austin Pratt and Sergei Alkhi­mov led the Pats with two goals each. Nick Henry, Scott Ma­hovlich, and Ri­ley Crane also scored. Max Pad­dock earned the win with 21 saves.

The Bron­cos have a pair of home games this week­end. They will host the Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes on Fri­day and the Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings on Satur­day.

The Bron­cos will wear their spe­cial ‘Bronco Strong’ jer­seys on Fri­day to rec­og­nize their shared his­tory with the Hum­boldt Bron­cos. The jer­seys will be auc­tioned off with pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards STARS Air Am­bu­lance.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Pic­tured top: Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos’ de­fense­man Connor Horn­ing (left) bod­ied Everett’s Ri­ley Sut­ter off the puck dur­ing Satur­day’s re­match of the 2018 WHL cham­pi­onship se­ries. Above: Bron­cos’ for­ward Erik Houk (right) fought off the check of Everett’s Wy­atte Wylie.

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