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Streaking Black nets overtime winner for Broncos fifth straight win

Prince Albert Raiders forwards Shane Danyluk and Carson Perreaux, along with Swift Current Broncos defenceman Jordan Harris, watch as goalie Eetu Laurikainen prepares to block a shot during first period action at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert on Wednesday evening. Herald photo by Perry Bergson

Graham Black continued his strong recent production with an overtime goal to lift the Swift Current Broncos to a 4-3 win over the host Prince Albert Raiders Wednesday. Black scored 3:27 into overtime as the Broncos extended their wining streak to five games and pulled within one point of top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Black, 20, had assists on the Broncos second and third goals and now has seven points in his past two games to extend a five-game point streak.

Coda Gordon, Jake DeBrusk, and Connor Sanvido also scored for the Broncos, who held 2-0 and 3-2 period leads. Dylan Busenius, Reid Gardiner, and Josh Morrissey all scored for the Raiders as they fought back to tie the game with 5:13 left in the third period on Morrissey’s seventh goal of the season.

Eetu Laurikainen picked up the win with 24 saves on 27 shots, while Cole Cheveldave took the loss with 35 saves on 39 shots.

The Broncos sit fourth in the Eastern Conference with an 11-8-0-1 record and sit just one point back of the Medicine Hat Tigers for top spot. Prince Albert leads the East Division and is second in the Eastern Conference with an 11-6-2-0 mark.

The Broncos will be on the road Friday to visit the Brandon Wheat Kings (9-9-0-0) before returning to Swift Current for a rematch with Prince Albert on Saturday.

Saturday’s game will be the team’s annual “Beat Breast Cancer Night” sponsored by Standard Motors and Etcetera Etcetera.

The Broncos will wear limited-edition themed jerseys Saturday night, which will be auctioned off in the lobby during the game, while Etcetera Etcetera will be raffling off a gift basket valued at over $400.  Proceeds will benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Bronco Bits: Sanvido, 20, extended his point streak to six games with five goals and four assists over that stretch. Gordon, 19, added an assist for his third straight multiple-point game. The Calgary Flames prospect is tied for 14th in league scoring with 24 points in 20 games. The Broncos are now 4-7-0-0 on the road with their third straight road win after losing all five games on their U.S. Division road trip. The Broncos also improved to 8-1-0-1 against East Division opponents.

Organizations: Swift Current Broncos, Prince Albert Raiders, WHL

Geographic location: Swift Current, Prince Albert

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