The Swift Current Southwest Terminal PeeWee Broncos earned three of a possible four points in the South Sask PeeWee AA Hockey League over the weekend against the visiting Weyburn Youngfellows.
Saturday, the Broncos scored the only two goals in the third period for a 7-5 win over Weyburn. Rylan Switzer led Swift Current with a goal and three assists, followed by Hunter Lamb with two goals and an assist. Aaron Wittmier and Michael Grose each had a goal and an assist, while Tanner Kendall and Logan Fritzke also scored. Jackson Tonnies, JC Knight, and Reed Jacobson all added assists in the win.
Sunday, the PeeWee Broncos left a point on the board when they let a three-goal third period lead evaporate, allowing the game-tying goal with only 29 seconds left to settle for a 4-4 draw.
Grose had a hand in all four goals with two goals and two assists during a six-point weekend. Wittmier and Aaron Toews also scored, while Tonnies, Knight, Jaxon Tait, Switzer, and Fritzke all added assists.
Levac agreed that the game should serve as a learning experience on what it takes to close out close games.
“Absolutely, we just said in the dressing room ‘five-on-six, you have to pay the price and get in front of shots and you have to do what you gotta do to win hockey games.’ We had 45 seconds left and a guy doesn’t take his man, doesn’t cover the puck, doesn’t get in front of the shot and it is in the net and tied up.”
The Broncos improved their league record to 3-9-3 as they remain within striking distance of second place. Yorkton is running away with the league with a 12-0 record but no other team has more than 12 points with at least 11 games played by each of the five teams chasing Yorkton.
A three-point weekend was still a success despite the costly last second goal allowed Sunday.
“The weekend was good, it was what we wanted. We would have loved to get the four points. We would have been two points out of second place if we would have won today. We are right in the mix. We will keep plugging away and get some wins,” said Levac.
The next league action for the PeeWee Broncos will be Feb. 2-3 when they host the second-place Melville Millionaires (6-5-0).