The Swift Current Broncos won their home opener over the Regina Pats in a special teams battle
The Swift Current Broncos completed an impressive opening weekend in the Western Hockey League regular season with a 3-2 win over the visiting Regina Pats Saturday. The Broncos had opened the season two days earlier with a 7-2 road win over Regina.
“Yeah it was a really good weekend for us,” said Broncos Head Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb. “The 7-2 win was a lot closer than a 7-2 game. Tonight was just a real gutsy effort. The boys stuck together and played hard. For two periods I thought we really took it to them.
The two teams scored all five goals on the powerplay but it was the Broncos who emerged with the win to clinch a two-game sweep of a home-and-away set against Regina.
Graham Black, playing in his first game since returning from the New Jersey Devils training camp, scored the game winner with 6:17 left in regulation. The Pats had twice taken leads with powerplay goals from Dyson Stevenson and Chandler Stephenson.
The Broncos answered back with goals from Jake DeBrusk, with his first career goal, and Colby Cave. Import rookie Julius Honka picked up assists on all three goals, while Brycen Martin assisted on the Broncos’ second and third goals during their home opener in front of 2,402 fans at the Credit Union iplex.
Landon Bow picked up his second win of the season in Eetu Laurikainen’s absence with 18 saves on 20 shots.
Teagan Sacher suffered the loss with 29 saves on 32 shots. Swift Current improved to 2-0, while Regina dropped to 0-2.
“Yeah it is always nice to get a good start to the year,” said Black after the win. “I think we have established ourselves as a contender this year and we are just going to take it from here.”
The Broncos will now have five days off before hosting the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday.