Rookie Glenn Gawdin scored the only goal in the shootout as the Broncos finally solved the skills competition
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The Swift Current Broncos earned a rare shootout win Saturday as they topped the host Regina Pats 4-3. Rookie Glenn Gawdin scored the only goal in the shootout on his first Western Hockey League shootout attempt.
Eetu Laurikainen stopped Boston Leier, Dyson Stevenson, and Chandler Stephenson in the shootout after making 46 saves over 65 minutes to improve to 20-17-0-5.
The Broncos were outshot 13-5 in the first period but led 1-0 when Graham Black scored an unassisted goal with 26 seconds left in the stanza.
Connor Gay and Patrick D'Amico put Regina ahead but Colby Cave scored for the Broncos for a 2-2 tie after two periods.
Cave added his 27th goal of the season only 42 seconds into the third period on the Broncos' only powerplay opportunity of the game. Shaunavon's Stevenson sent the game to overtime with a powerplay goal with 5:42 left in regulation.
Daniel Wapple stopped Coda Gordon and Black in the shootout before being beaten for the first time in 14 shootout attempts this season to drop to 13-9-1-1 with 30 saves on 33 shots.
Swift Current remains sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 29-22-2-6 record. The two teams are even for the East Division lead with 66 points but the Pats hold the top spot with a game in hand with a 30-22-3-3 record.
The Broncos will have one day off before hosting the Prince Albert Raiders (26-28-2-2) on Monday at 2 p.m.
Bronco Bits: The Broncos improved to 4-0 against Regina with two games remaining in the season series. The Broncos entered the shootout with a league worst two goals on 20 attempts. They had allowed eight goals on 19 shots with a 1-6 record and were without a shootout win since October 29, 2013.