Broncos lose four straight on Central Division road trip
The Swift Current Broncos’ road woes continued on a trip through the Central Division as they lost four games over five days.
Tuesday, the Broncos suffered their worst lost of the season in an 11-1 setback against the host Edmonton Oil Kings during a morning contest.
The Oil Kings got goals from eight different skaters, led by two goals and two assists from former Bronco Andrew Fyten.
Broncos captain Tanner Nagel scored the game’s opening goal for the Broncos.
Neither Bronco goaltender had much success. Starter Isaac Poulter allowed eight goals over 42:56. Veteran Riley Lamb made 12 saves on 15 shots during a 17:04 stint.
Things didn’t get much better on Wednesday when the Broncos lost 9-3 to the Hitmen.
Carson Focht led the Hitmen with four goals, followed by three from former Bronco Kaden Elder in front of 15,084 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Carter Chorney was in on all three goals with a goal and two assists for the Broncos. Connor Horning and Matthew Culling also scored. Poulter took the loss with 23 saves.
Friday, the Broncos lost their 13th straight game despite a spirited comeback attempt against the Kootenay Ice.
The Broncos fell behind 4-1 before scoring twice in the third period to cut the deficit to one goal in a 5-3 loss.
Culling scored for a second straight game early in the second period to tie the game 1-1 for the Broncos.
Chorney added a third-period goal for his second goal in as many games. The Broncos quickly added a goal 3:02 later from Eric Houk to close the deficit to 4-3, the closest they would get in their final game in Cranbrook before the franchise relocates to Winnipeg next season.
Poulter took the loss with 43 saves.
Saturday, the Broncos let a late lead slip away, but at least earned one point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the host Medicine Hat Tigers.
Ryan Chyzowski scored 1:07 into overtime to hand the Broncos their 14th consecutive loss.
Ethan Regnier and Nagel scored in the loss.
The Broncos play three games in as many days this weekend, beginning in Prince Albert on Friday. They head to Saskatoon on Saturday to visit the Blades.
The Broncos will host the WHL leading Prince Albert Raiders on Sunday as well.
They will play their third last game of the season on Wednesday when they visit the Regina Pats.