Broncos lose in OT to Pats

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The Swift Current Broncos slipped further behind the Regina Pats in the East Division title chase with an overtime loss

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The Swift Current Broncos squandered an opportunity to cut into the Regina Pats' East Division lead in an overtime loss Friday.

The Broncos entered the contest with a 5-0-0-0 record against the Pats and held a 2-0 lead before settling for a 4-3 overtime loss. Connor Gay scored with 47 second left in overtime to lift the Pats to their first win over the Broncos this season and widened their lead to seven points for the East Division title.

The Broncos took a 2-0 lead to the dressing room after scoring twice 56 seconds apart in the final 2:29 of the first period. Jake DeBrusk opened the scoring with a powerplay goal and Nathan Burns added an even-strength goal, his 23rd of the season.

Shaunavon's Dyson Stevenson scored for Regina in the second period and then Gay and Patrick D'Amico scored in the third period for a 3-2 Regina lead.

Coda Gordon scored his 24th of the season for the Broncos with 7:36 left in regulation to force overtime.

Daniel Wapple earned the win with 34 saves to improve to 24-13-1-1 for Regina. Eetu Laurikainen made 36 saves in the overtime loss to fall to 21-19-1-5 for the Broncos. The Broncos are now 3-3 in games decided in overtime.

Regina continues to lead the East Division with a 36-23-3-3 record, while the Broncos remain sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 31-24-3-6 mark.

The Broncos will be back at home on Saturday in the middle of a five games in seven nights stretch to host the last-place Lethbridge Hurricanes. They will also host the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday and the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes have lost their last eight games and sit last in the Western Hockey League with a 12-49-2-3 record.

Organizations: Brandon Wheat Kings, Western Hockey League, Swift Current Broncos Regina Pats WHL

Geographic location: Regina, Swift Current Broncos

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