Another slow start hampered the Swift Current Broncos in a loss to the visiting Prince Albert Raiders
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2013/14 Swift Current Broncos
The Swift Current Broncos finished the long weekend with a 1-2 record after a 3-1 loss to the visiting Prince Albert Raider. Another slow start plagued the Broncos as they were forced to play from behind once again and were never able to pull even with the Raiders.
The Raiders capitalized twice on their three man-advantages, while the Broncos scored their only goal on the powerplay.
Collin Valcourt got the Raiders on the board in the first period when he scored the only even-strength goal of the game. Former Bronco Graeme Craig scored in the second period when he converted a powerplay rebound opportunity for a 2-0 Prince Albert lead after two periods.
The Broncos pushed back in the third period, out-shooting the Raiders 14-4, and made a game of it when Julius Honka scored to make it a one-goal game with 9:23 left in regulation. But Leon Draisaitl ended the comeback bid with another powerplay goal to close the scoring.
Nick McBride earned the win with 31 saves on 32 shots, while Eetu Laurikainen took the loss with 24 saves on 27 shots.
The Broncos remain in sixth spot in the Eastern Conference with a 29-23-2-6 record. They did fall two points back of the East Division lead when the Regina Pats defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings to take sole possession of top spot. Prince Albert remains ninth with a 27-28-2-2 record, two points back of Red Deer for the final playoff spot.
The Broncos will be off until Friday when they visit the Eastern Conference leading Edmonton Oil Kings.