Bron­cos earn points in over­time con­tests

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The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos brought home three of a pos­si­ble four points from a trip west over the week­end after de­feat­ing the Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes in over­time and los­ing in a shootout to the Koote­nay Ice.

A nat­u­ral hat trick from cap­tain Colby Cave lifted the Bron­cos to a 4-3 over­time win over the host Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes Fri­day.

Cave, 20, scored three unan­swered goals, in­clud­ing the over­time win­ner, his sev­enth goal of the sea­son.

The Bron­cos had trailed 3-0 in the third pe­riod be­fore scor­ing three goals over 2:18 to force over­time. Rookie Tyler Steen­ber­gen be­gan the come­back with his third goal of the sea­son and Cave counted twice in 2:11. He scored 3:10 into over­time to help the Bron­cos im­prove to 11-8-0-2 on the cam­paign.

Tay­lor Cooper, Nikita Milekhin, and Pavel Sku­ma­tov had scored to stake the Hur­ri­canes to a 3-0 lead be­fore fall­ing to 5-9-3-1.

Travis Child made 27 saves on 30 shots in his first Western Hockey League win. Zac Ro­bidoux took the over­time loss with 42 saves on 46 shots to drop to 1-4-3-0.

Satur­day, the Bron­cos fin­ished with three of a pos­si­ble four week­end points after a 3-2 shootout loss to the host Koote­nay Ice.

Cave's late pow­er­play goal sal­vaged the sin­gle point but the Bron­cos lost in a shootout for the third time in as many at­tempts this sea­son.

The Bron­cos trailed twice in reg­u­la­tion on Koote­nay goals from Luke Philp and Tim Bo­zon.

Coda Gor­don tied the game for the Bron­cos in the first pe­riod with his 10th goal of the sea­son. Cave tied the game with 1:49 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion with his fourth goal in the past two games.

Gor­don scored on the first at­tempt of the shootout but then Glenn Gawdin, Jake DeBrusk, Jay Merkley, and Carter Rigby were all stopped by Wy­att Hoflin.

The Ice were down to their last shot after Lan­don Bow stopped Bo­zon and Sam Rein­hart but Philp ex­tended the shootout with a goal and then Jae­don Desch­e­neau ended it on the 10th shot of the skills com­pe­ti­tion.

Bow made 30 saves on 32 shots to move to 10-6-03. Hoflin stopped 27 of 29 shots to im­prove to 6-10-00 for the Ice.

The Bron­cos moved their record to 11-8-0-3 to re­main sec­ond in the East Di­vi­sion. They have now ap­peared in five over­time games with two wins in over­time and three shootout losses. The Bron­cos now have two goals on 15 at­tempts and have al­lowed seven goals on 15 at­tempts.

Koote­nay im­proved to 6-13-0-0 with their third straight win. They have two over­time wins and one shootout win this sea­son.

The Bron­cos will play three home games this week be­gin­ning with their first ap­pear­ance at the Credit Union iplex in 15 days when they host the Prince Al­bert Raiders on Satur­day. The Bron­cos and Raiders have yet to meet in the 2014-15 reg­u­lar sea­son after they split the eightgame se­ries last sea­son. The Raiders fin­ished the week­end with an 8-11-0-0 record. Craig Lev­er­ton leads them in scor­ing with 11 goals and 18 points in 19 games and Sawyer Lange has 17 points in 19 games. Swift Cur­rent's Tim Van- stone has three points in 10 games dur­ing his third WHL sea­son with the Raiders.

The Bron­cos will also host the Seat­tle Thun­der­birds on Sun­day at 4 p.m. as well as the Bran­don Wheat Kings on Wed­nes­day.

Seat­tle was fourth in the US Di­vi­sion with an 8-7-2-1 record after the week­end. They are led by goal­tender Taran Kozun, who was third in the WHL with a 2.21 goals against av­er­age in 15 games. 2012 WHL Ban­tam Draft first over­all pick Matthew Barzal led the team with 18 points in 16 games. The Thun­der­birds will be play­ing the fi­nal game of their se­v­engame East Di­vi­sion road trip and their third game in as many days after play­ing in Bran­don Fri­day and Regina Satur­day.

The Wheat Kings have won both head-to-head meet­ings with the Bron­cos so far this sea­son led by four points from Ivan Provorov and a .918 save per­cent­age from Jor­dan Papirny in two out­ings.

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