Broncos struggle at home
The Swift Current Broncos lost both games at home last week as their losing streak hit double digits in the Western Hockey League as they entered a stretch of seven straight road games.
Friday, the Broncos lost the special teams battle in a 4-2 loss to the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.
The two teams combined for five power play goals as the Warriors finished threefor-four with the man-advantage.
The Broncos were thoroughly outplayed in the first period but earned the lead when Ethan Regnier scored on the Broncos’ first shot of the game on a power play rush. Justin Almeida replied for the Warriors with a power play goal only moments after Riley Lamb had made a desperation diving save as the Warriors outshot the Broncos 14-2 in the frame.
Tristin Langan gave the Warriors the lead with a power play goal with 6:18 remaining in the second period, his 42nd goal of the season. The Broncos tied the game minutes later when captain Tanner Nagel knocked a rebound home for the fourth straight power play goal.
The Broncos had a late power play opportunity but were whistled for a careless too many men infraction and Brayden Tracey quickly made the Broncos pay with a power play goal before scoring into an empty net to close the scoring.
Lamb made 33 saves to fall to 2-5-0-1 for the Broncos. Brodan Salmond stopped 11 shots to improve to 17-7-4-1.
Saturday, the Broncos were unable to skate with the Calgary Hitmen in a 6-1 loss. The Hitmen got goals from six different skaters, four assists from Carson Focht, and finished three-for-six on the man-advantage.
The Hitmen took a quick lead with goals 58 seconds apart from Luke Coleman and Devan Klassen. Joona Kiviniemi got the Broncos back into the game with a power play goal midway through the first period for his 15th goal of his rookie campaign.
The Hitmen took control of the game in the second period with power play goals 22 seconds apart on a four-minute power play. Former Bronco Kaden Elder scored his 24th and then Ryder Korczak added his seventh goal seconds later.
The Hitmen added third-period goals from Jackson van de Leest and James Malm to close out the win.
Isaac Poulter had a tough outing to fall to 2-16-1-0 after making 35 saves on 41 shots. Jack Mcnaughton made 22 saves to improve to 21-12-3-1.
The Broncos fell to 10-42-3-2 with their 10th consecutive loss. Calgary improved to 31-22-5-1 to sit third in the Central Division.
The Broncos are on the road for three games this week, beginning Friday for their last ever game in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice. The Broncos are 0-3 against the Ice this season.
They will back to Medicine Hat for a meeting on Saturday with the Tigers. The Broncos are winless entering the final game of the season series with the Tigers.
The Broncos will also visit the WHL leading Prince Albert Raiders on Tuesday. The Broncos have one win in five attempts against the Eastern Conference champions this season.
Carter Chorney leaned into a heavy shot when the Swift Current Broncos wore Don Cherry inspired jerseys to promote organ donation on Friday.