Broncos drop fourth straight to Hitmen

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Broncos now winless in four games as they fail to solve Hitmen again

Swift Current Broncos - Light It Up

The Swift Current Broncos will be glad to put Calgary and the Hitmen in their rearview mirror after losing 5-2 Sunday.

The Broncos lost all four games in the season series to the Hitmen, the same team that eliminated them from the Western Hockey League playoffs last season.

The Broncos trailed most of the way, twice cutting the deficit to one goal before Calgary scored the only two goals of the third period.

Landon Bow took the loss with 27 saves on 31 shots to drop to 8-3-1-1 this season. Zac Mackay and Brett Lernout scored for the Broncos as they lost their fourth straight game.

Radel Fazleev, Travis Sanheim, Linden Penner, Kenton Helgesen and Zane Jones all scored for the Hitmen, who improved to 21-7-2-3 and are now tied for Edmonton for top spot in the Eastern Conference with 47 points. Helgesen scored on the man-advantage, the Hitmen's only power play of the game. Jones scored into an empty net with 2:23 left on the clock.

The Broncos dropped to 19-13-1-4 and continue to lead the East Division with one game left before the holiday break.

The Broncos will play their final game before a nine-day break on Tuesday when they host the Kamloops Blazers.

Bronco Bits: Graham Black's seven-game point streak came to an end in the loss. The Broncos were without import defenseman Julius Honka after he left the team to tryout for Finland's World Junior team. The Broncos were also without injured forwards Coda Gordon and Justin Spagrud and injured defenseman Jordan Harris. The Broncos fell to 7-10-0-2 on the road this season. They have a 12-3-1-2 record at home. The Broncos are 5-4-0-2 against Central Division teams this season. Cole Bevan, 17, dressed for his seventh WHL game in Honka's absence and dropped the gloves with Cal Babych in a second-period tilt.

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Swift Current Broncos, Calgary Hitmen WHL

Geographic location: Calgary, Edmonton, Finland Swift Current

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