Bron­cos find of­fen­sive touch

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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.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

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.

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