Broncos fall out of top spot in East Division

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Host Wheat Kings score four straight goals to take over top spot in east

Swift Current Broncos - Light It Up

The Swift Current Broncos fell out of top spot in the East Division with a 6-5 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday. The Broncos led 4-2 but allowed four straight goals on their way to a second straight loss.

The two teams combined for three goals in the opening 8:36 for a 2-1 Swift Current lead after one period. Jay Merkley and Geordie Maguire scored 51 second apart in the opening 2:17 for an early 2-0 lead before Peter Quenneville halved the deficit with his 12th of the season for Brandon.

The second period saw the scoring begin even earlier when Coda Gordon put the Broncos up 3-1 only 30 seconds in, before Richard Nejezchleb restored the one-goal deficit for Brandon only 22 seconds later. Graham Black restored the two-goal lead with his 20th of the season at the 5:28 mark of the period. Jesse Gabrielle cut the lead to one-goal for a third time for a 4-3 Broncos' lead after two periods.

Ryan Pulock, Ryan Pilon, and Tim McGauley all scored for Brandon in the third period for a 6-4 lead before Black netted his second of the game to close the scoring.

Eetu Laurikainen took the loss with 36 saves on 42 shots to fall to 14-13-0-4. Jordan Papirny made 28 saves to improve to 16-9-3-0.

Brandon moved into top spot in the East with a 24-17-4-0 mark. Swift Current tumbled all the way to fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 23-17-1-5 record.

The Broncos will be at home Saturday to host the Kootenay Ice (23-20-2-2) before visiting the Prince Albert Raiders (22-20-2-0) on Sunday.

Bronco Bits: Julius Honka, playing in his first game with the Broncos since December 14, had two assists in his return. Merkley, Nathan Burns, and Gordon also had two-point games. The Broncos lost in regulation for the first time when leading after two periods, falling to 18-1-0-1 when carrying a lead into the third period. Maguire scored only 2:17 into his first game with the Broncos after being acquired from the Regina Pats at the trade deadline.

Organizations: Brandon Wheat Kings, Swift Current Broncos, WHL

Geographic location: Swift Current, Brandon

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