Bron­cos earn sin­gle point over three games

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos faced their tough­est week­end of the sea­son and were only able to se­cure one point while play­ing three games in as many days.

Fri­day, the Bron­cos’ twogame win­ning streak came to an end against the top ranked team in the Cana­dian Hockey League.

Noah Gre­gor, Sean Mont­gomery, and Kody Mcdon­ald each scored twice as the host Prince Al­bert Raiders de­feated the Bron­cos 6-2. Gre­gor added three as­sists in a five-point out­ing.

Tan­ner Nagel and Erik Houk replied for the Bron­cos.

Joel Hofer made 37 saves in the loss. Don­a­van Buskey made 16 saves on 18 shots to im­prove to 3-0-0-0.

The Bron­cos fin­ished one­for-seven on the power play, while the Raiders scored on their only man-ad­van­tage as they earned their 10th con­sec­u­tive win.

Satur­day, the Bron­cos were shutout 2-0 by the host Regina Pats.

The Pats took the lead late in the open­ing pe­riod when Jake Leschyshyn notched his 13th goal of the sea­son. Scott Ma­hovlich scored 2:03 into the sec­ond pe­riod to dou­ble the lead.

Rookie Isaac Poul­ter made 22 saves on 24 shots to fall to 1–5-0-0 for the Bron­cos.

Max Pad­dock made 20 saves in his first WHL shutout to im­prove to 4-10-0-0.

Sun­day, play­ing their third game in as many days, the Bron­cos earned a sin­gle point in a 3-2 over­time loss to the vis­it­ing Red Deer Rebels, the ninth ranked team in the CHL.

Rookie Ben King scored the only goal of the first pe­riod when he one-timed a shot home 7:06 into reg­u­la­tion.

The two teams com­bined for three goals in the sec­ond pe­riod. Pat­ter­son dou­bled the lead with his fifth goal of the sea­son as he walked out from the cor­ner and slid a puck home.

The Rebels cut the lead in half 47 sec­onds later when Zak Smith scored and then tied the game with 36 sec­onds re­main­ing in the pe­riod when Josh Tarzwell fired a per­fect shot into the top cor­ner.

The two teams played a score­less third pe­riod as the Bron­cos played their fourth straight over­time con­test at home. Reese John­son knocked home his own re­bound one minute into the three-on-three over­time pe­riod.

Hofer took the loss with 44 saves to im­prove to 2-11-1-1. By­ron Fancy earned the win with 15 saves to im­prove to 3-1-1-0.

Swift Cur­rent im­proved to 3-16-1-1, while Red Deer moved to 13-5-1-0.

“All week­end we were just kind of sit­ting back and wait­ing for things to hap­pen in­stead of go­ing af­ter it and get­ting it,” said Head Coach Dean Brock­man. “To­day was a prime ex­am­ple, the minute we were ag­gres­sive we had op­por­tu­ni­ties, when we weren’t we just gave them all the room in the world.”

The coach­ing staff hopes to play a more ag­gres­sive brand of hockey as the sea­son pro­gresses.

“I think it’s just mov­ing our feet and that men­tal­ity that we want to be ag­gres­sive. We do, we want to turn pucks over, we want to fin­ish checks, we want to do all the right things, and yet we’re cau­tious. Maybe that’s a lit­tle bit of ex­pe­ri­ence and a lit­tle bit of not want­ing to lose in­stead of play­ing to win,” ex­plained Brock­man.

The Bron­cos have been in­te­grat­ing new play­ers into the line-up through­out the first 21 games of the sea­son, in­clud­ing newly signed for­ward Ian Briscoe, who played his first three games with the Bron­cos.

“I think they all get along re­ally well and that seems to be good. For us, just like the guys in the room, we ex­pect more out of each in­di­vid­ual ev­ery day. I don’t know if we took steps for­wards or back­wards this week­end,” said Brock­man.

The Bron­cos have only one game over a nine-day stretch when they host the Medicine Hat Tigers on Satur­day, the first meet­ing be­tween the two teams this sea­son.

In the midst of a five-game home stand, the Bron­cos had earned at least a point in four straight home games.

“Cer­tainly we’ve been a lot bet­ter at home than on the road. We’ve just got to have that men­tal­ity where we’re tough to play against. To­day I didn’t think we were tough to play against at all,” lamented Brock­man.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos Matthew Culling (#16) and An­drew Fyten (cen­tre) were both in­volved in a scram­ble for the puck in front of Red Deer Rebels’ goal­tender By­ron Fancy dur­ing a 3-2 over­time loss on Sun­day.

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