Bron­cos strug­gle at home

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS -

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.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

Carter Chor­ney leaned into a heavy shot when the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos wore Don Cherry in­spired jer­seys to pro­mote or­gan do­na­tion on Fri­day.

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