Bron­cos up­end ri­val Pats

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The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos played three close games last week, emerg­ing with a come­back win over the Regina Pats.

Wed­nes­day, the Bron­cos scored three unan­swered goals to de­feat the Regina Pats 4-3 to win for the first time in four at­tempts this sea­son.

The Bron­cos trailed 3-2 after two pe­ri­ods be­fore Joona Kiviniemi and Tan­ner Nagel scored to lift the Bronco to the vic­tory.

The Bron­cos fell be­hind 2-0 in the first pe­riod. Scott Ma­hovlich knocked home a re­bound for his fifth goal of the sea­son and Brett Clay­ton scored 5:14 later to dou­ble the lead.

The Bron­cos scored twice in the se­cond pe­riod to trail 3-2. An­drew Fyten opened the scor­ing for the Bron­cos with a break­away power play goal, his sev­enth of the sea­son. The ref­eree ini­tially called no goal but re­play changed the call to a goal. Ri­ley Krane quickly replied for the Pats, but Fyten notched an­other goal to cut the lead in half for a se­cond time.

Kiviniemi got be­hind the Pats de­fense 11:18 into the third pe­riod and lifted a puck over the short side shoul­der of Max Pad­dock. Nagel scored the game win­ner with 3:16 left on the clock when he beat Pad­dock with a high wrist shot on the rush.

Joel Hofer made 36 saves to im­prove to 4-17-1-1.

Fri­day, the Bron­cos’ twogame home win­ning streak came to an end in a 6-4 loss to the Prince Al­bert Raiders.

The Bron­cos had shocked the CHL lead­ing Raiders with a shootout win on Dec. 4, but were un­able to pull off a se­cond straight upset in a fight-filled game.

The Raiders jumped ahead 2-0 in the first pe­riod. Car­son Miller knocked home a re­bound 8:32 into the game and Noah Gre­gor got be­hind the de­fense for a power play goal 2:27 later for his 17th goal of the sea­son.

The two teams com­bined for three goals in the se­cond pe­riod as the Raiders jumped ahead 4-1. Eric Pearce scored first to make it 3-0 Prince Al­bert. The Bron­cos got on the board 12:41 into the mid­dle stanza when Joona Kiviniemi’s weak wrist shot trick­led through Raiders’ back-up Dono­van Buskey. Sean Mont­gomery scored while short­handed to re­store the three­goal lead.

The Bron­cos outscored the Raiders 3-2 in the fi­nal frame to make things in­ter­est­ing. Spencer Moe scored for the Raiders while short­handed to make it 5-1.

Alec Zawatsky and Con­nor Horn­ing scored 1:37 apart to cut the deficit to two goals, but Mont­gomery scored into an empty net with 1:04 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion. Matthew Culling replied for the Bron­cos with 41 sec­onds left on the clock to close the scor­ing.

The game fea­tured five fights, in­clud­ing two apiece from Bron­cos’ over­agers Tan­ner Nagel and Matthew Stan­ley.

Hofer made 30 saves to fall to 4-18-1-1. Buskey stopped 22 shots to im­prove to 7-6-0-0 for the Raiders.

Satur­day, the Bron­cos led 4-2 in the se­cond pe­riod, but al­lowed four straight goals in a 7-5 loss in Prince Al­bert.

High­light­ing the night for the Bron­cos was callup Daw­son Springer scor­ing in his WHL de­but in his home­town rink. Springer had signed with the Bron­cos ear­lier in the week after be­ing ac­quired in the Max Pat­ter­son trade from the Everett Sil­ver­tips.

Culling, Kiviniemi, Ethan O’rourke, and Zawatsky also scored.

Hofer took the loss with 49 saves on 56 shots. Buskey al­lowed four goals on 10 shots in 26:08 for the Raiders. Brett Balas came on and made seven saves on eight shots over the fi­nal 33:52.

The Bron­cos will en­ter the hol­i­day break with a 6-24-1-1 record. They will re­turn to league ac­tion on Dec. 27 when they visit the Moose Jaw War­riors.

Bron­cos Bits: The Bron­cos an­nounced on Satur­day that they had signed de­fense­man Chase La­combe to a WHL Stan­dard Player Agree­ment. The 16-year-old from Moose Jaw has three as­sists in 30 games with the Hum­boldt Bron­cos in the Saskatchewan Ju­nior Hockey

League. He was ac­quired in the Jac­son Alexan­der deal from the Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings. The Bron­cos traded over­age for­ward An­drew Fyten to the Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings on Thurs­day. The Bron­cos re­ceived a con­di­tional fifth round pick in the 2020 WHL Ban­tam Draft. Fyten was tied for se­cond on the team with eight goals and was se­cond with 17 points in 27 games this sea­son.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

An­drew Fyten (right) got be­hind the Regina Pats de­fense for a break­away goal dur­ing his fi­nal game with the Bron­cos.

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