The Swift Current Broncos came up with one of their biggest wins of the season to stretch their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 4-3 win over the Eastern Conference leading Calgary Hitmen Saturday.
The host Broncos came out flying in the first period and led 2-0 on goals from Adam Lowry and Graham Black before allowing three straight goals to trail 3-2. Richard Nedomlel quickly tied things up with a powerplay goal and Colby Cave notched the game winner midway through the third period when he finished off a pretty passing play from Coda Gordon and Lowry.
Landon Bow earned the win after he stopped all 12 shots he faced after replacing Eetu Laurikainen when the Broncos fell behind 3-2.
It was a rare off night for Laurikainen, who allowed three goals on eight shots over 31:42.
Chris Driedger suffered the loss with 31 saves on 33 shots for Calgary, who saw their six-game losing streak come to an end.
Swift Current’s fourth straight win moved their record to 21-20-3-2 as they sit sixth in the Eastern Conference with some breathing room now behind them. Calgary leads the Eastern Conference by just a single point over Edmonton with a 30-11-1-3 record.
Lowry, 19, extended his league leading point streak to 20 games, which includes 19 goals and 16 assists during a streak that stretches back to Nov. 27, 2012.
“This was huge,” said forward Jay Merkley after his third game in a Broncos uniform. “I mean Calgary is one of the top teams in the conference and they’re a tough team to play against. The boys really stepped up tonight.”
“It feels awesome when all the guys leave everything on the ice and beat a team like this,” added Nedomlel, who had a ‘Gordie Howe hat trick’ with a goal, an assist, and a fight.
The Broncos will have the next two days off before visiting the slumping Moose Jaw Warriors (14-23-3-4) on Tuesday.