Bron­cos show strength in over­time vic­to­ries

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos found a win­ning recipe last week as they took five of six points from a three-game home stand, in­clud­ing a pair of over­time wins over the Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes and Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings.

Tues­day, the Bron­cos held a late lead, but even­tu­ally lost 2-1 in a shootout to the vis­it­ing Koote­nay Ice.

Look­ing to snap a seven-game los­ing streak, the Bron­cos led on a first pe­riod break­away goal from Ethan Reg­nier as the Bron­cos out­shot the Ice 20-6 in the frame.

A late penalty al­lowed Brett Davis to score with 4:11 left on the clock to force over­time.

Both Pey­ton Krebbs and Brett Davis scored in the shootout, while Alec Zawatsky and Max Pat­ter­son were both turned aside for the Bron­cos.

Joel Hofer took the loss with 28 saves, while Jesse Makaj earned his first ca­reer win with 41 saves.

Fri­day, the Bron­cos earned their first home win with a dra­matic 5-4 come­back over­time vic­tory over the Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes.

The Bron­cos dis­played plenty of re­siliency on ‘Bronco Strong’ night as they played from be­hind most of the way. De­fense­man Noah King was the over­time hero to give the Bron­cos their sec­ond win of the sea­son.

“It felt pretty good,” said King. “I don’t con­sider my­self a very of­fen­sive guy, but it was nice to score one.”

The Bron­cos came out fly­ing in the first half of the first pe­riod but were un­able to cap­i­tal­ize. Leth­bridge quickly turned the mo­men­tum and cap­i­tal­ized with goals 2:50 apart from Calen Ad­di­son and Noah Boyko. The Bron­cos sal­vaged the pe­riod when Pat­ter­son tipped home a point shot with 11 sec­onds re­main­ing for a 2-1 deficit af­ter one pe­riod.

The Hur­ri­canes took an­other twogoal lead when a power play shot banked off Jadon Joseph mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod. An­drew Fyten got the Bron­cos back within a goal when his wrist shot beat Reece Klassen high to the blocker side 54 sec­onds later.

Rookie Ben King bat­ted home the ty­ing goal with 8:14 re­main­ing af­ter Pat­ter­son had forced a turnover.

The Hur­ri­canes took ad­van­tage of two late power plays with a Ty Kolle marker to take a 4-3 lead.

The Bron­cos pulled their goal­tender early and earned power play. They took ad­van­tage with a Con­nor Horn­ing goal to force over­time, his third of the sea­son, with only 35.4 sec­onds left on the clock.

Noah King notched the game win­ner when he helped stopped Dy­lan Cozens on one end and then re­ceived a late pass and fired it high to the glove side for the game-win­ner.

“Ob­vi­ously it is great and wear­ing those jer­seys there’s no bet­ter night to do it. We played our game all night and came out with the W,” said Ben King.

Hofer earned the win with 42 saves.

Satur­day, the Bron­cos won for a sec­ond straight night in over­time when Fyten wired a wrist shot home from the high slot only 41 sec­onds into the three-on-three over­time pe­riod.

Un­like the pre­vi­ous evening, the Bron­cos led most of the way, but sur­ren­dered a third-pe­riod lead to set the stage for more over­time hero­ics in a 4-3 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings.

Af­ter a score­less first pe­riod, the Bron­cos took ad­van­tage of their first power play when Pat­ter­son tipped home a point shot for his fourth goal of the sea­son 1:02 into the sec­ond pe­riod.

The Bron­cos added to the lead when Ethan Reg­nier kept the puck on a twoon-one and snapped it high to the blocker side of Dy­lan Miskew for his fourth of the cam­paign.

The Oil Kings also cap­i­tal­ized on their first power play when Trey Fix­wolan­sky danced through the Bron­cos and then set up Jalen Luypen for an easy goal.

The Bron­cos replied only 22 sec­onds later when Zawatsky col­lected a puck in the slot and fired it home for his sev­enth goal of the sea­son. The Oil Kings cut the lead to one goal for a sec­ond time when Brett Kemp fired home a low shot with 33.6 sec­onds left in the mid­dle stanza.

The Oil Kings tied the game in con­tro­ver­sial fash­ion early in the third pe­riod when the of­fi­cials missed an ob­vi­ous in­ter­fer­ence in­frac­tion that al­lowed Matthew Robert­son to score the ty­ing goal.

Isaac Poul­ter made 42 saves for his first ca­reer vic­tory. “It’s a lot of adren­a­line right now,” ad­mit­ted Poul­ter. “It’s great to get the first win and have ev­ery­thing just go our way tonight.”

“We don’t get to the win tonight with­out Poults, he was un­be­liev­able,” said Head Coach Dean Brock­man. “Our goal­tend­ing has been un­be­liev­able all year. It was great to see him get the win, but also, more im­por­tantly, see our team get the win.”

“I think we can take ev­ery­thing away from it. We just need to make sure we keep play­ing the way we’ve been play­ing these games, don’t stop what we’re do­ing right, and fix what we’re do­ing wrong and keep work­ing hard,” added Poul­ter.

The Bron­cos will play three road games in as many days this week­end. They visit the WHL lead­ing Prince Al­bert Raiders on Fri­day and the Regina Pats on Satur­day. The Bron­cos will also host the Red Deer Rebels on Sun­day at 4 p.m.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

De­fense­man Alex Moar made his de­but with the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos af­ter be­ing ac­quired from the Everett Sil­ver­tips.

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