The Swift Current Broncos snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday.
Connor Sanvido set up goals from Graham Black and Colby Cave and then scored into an empty net to help seal the win and a three-point outing during the Broncos first home game in 14 days after their U.S. Division road swing.
Black scored his sixth goal of the season in the first period when he sped past Ashton Sautner on the wing and then outwaited goaltender Tristan Jarry to slide it home. Cave added the eventual game winner 2:42 later with his eighth goal of the season.
Edmonton made it interesting when they pulled their goaltender and Henrik Samuelsson scored with 1:36 left in regulation but Sanvido ended the comeback with an empty net goal with 38 seconds left on the clock.
Eetu Laurikainen bounced back in goal for the Broncos with 26 saves to earn the win, while Jarry made 28 saves in the loss.
“We had a really good effort tonight,” said Cave. “I thought the guys bounced back. The last couple days the coaches were harping on us that we had to have good work ethics in practice and we kind of had that meeting yesterday. I thought we came in today, got some good rest, and showed what we can do.”
“That was huge for the guys,” added defenseman Jordan Harris. “I think the main difference tonight from our road trip was our desperation to get pucks in and get pucks out. We played that game kind of like a playoff game, blocking lots of shots and sacrificing bodies.”
The Broncos now sit seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 7-8-0-1 record, while Edmonton dropped to 8-7-0-1 as their three-game winning streak came to an end.
The Broncos will be back on the road Tuesday when they visit the last-place Lethbridge Hurricanes (2-11-1-1).