Broncos find offensive touch
The Swift Current Broncos scored nine goals during two weekend games but came up just short of their first win of the 2018-19 Western Hockey League regular season.
Friday, the Broncos scored three goals in the third period but came up just short in a 6-5 loss to the visiting Regina Pats.
Alec Zawatsky opened the scoring for the Broncos with a power play blast after he was hauled down on a breakaway attempt. The Pats quickly replied with goals from Duncan Pierce and Jake Leschyshyn for a 2-1 lead after one period.
Eric Houk netted his first WHL goal in the second period to tie the game, but Austin Pratt scored in the final second of the period to restore the lead.
Ethan Regnier tied the game for the Broncos 47 seconds into the third period. The Pats answered with a quick succession of goals from Robbie Holmes, Pratt, and Leschyshyn to take a commanding lead.
The Broncos added power play goals from Zawatsky and Andrew Fyten but they were unable to pull even.
Joel Hofer took the loss with 40 saves on 46 shots, while Dean Mcnabb picked up the win with 24 saves.
Saturday, the Broncos scored three goals again in the third period but it still wasn’t enough in a 5-4 loss to the host Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Warriors built up a 4-1 lead, led by a natural hat trick from Tristan Langan. Brecon Wood and Ryan Peckford also scored for the Warriors.
Zawatsky, Connor Horning, Regnier, and Max Patterson all scored for the Broncos.
Hofer took the loss despite making 35 saves. Adam Evanoff made 22 saves on 26 shots for the Warriors, who improved to 3-2-1-0.
The Broncos have two games this weekend. They host the Spokane Chiefs (3-10-2) on Friday.
The Broncos will also visit the Brandon Wheat Kings (40-1-0) on Saturday.
The Broncos will then embark on a five-game B.C. Division road trip over eight days, beginning on Tuesday in Vancouver. They will be in Victoria on Wednesday to battle the Royals.
Above: Alec Zawatsky slipped between Regina’s Ryker Evans (left) and Nikita Sedov (right) to draw a penalty during a 6-5 loss Friday. Below: Broncos’ forward Tanner Nagel (right) attempted to backhand a puck past Dean Mcnabb.