Broncos clinch playoff spot

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A five-goal second period helped the Swift Current Broncos clinch a playoff spot for a second straight season

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The Swift Current Broncos clinched a playoff spot with a 5-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday. The win, combined with a Brandon loss, clinched a playoff spot for the second straight season.

The Broncos scored all five goals in the second period led by two-goal outings from Graham Black and Jay Merkley. Coda Gordon had a goal and two assists and Julius Honka added three assists in the win.

Tyler Wong, Brady Ramsay, and Jamal Watson replied for the Hurricanes, who lost all four games in the season series.

The Broncos trailed twice only to tie it up both times and then score three straight goals to lead 5-2 after two periods.

Landon Bow made 22 saves on 25 shots to improve to 12-5-2-1. Teagan Sacher allowed all five goals on 33 shots to suffer the loss in 40 minutes of work. Stuart Skinner worked the third period and stopped all nine shots he faced in his first Western Hockey League appearance.

Gordon scored on the powerplay as the Broncos finished one-for-three on the man-advanatge. They held Lethbridge without a goal on four powerplay opportunities.

The Broncos now trail the Regina Pats for the East Division lead and the Kootenay Ice for fifth in the Eastern Conference by three points with a 35-25-3-6 record. Lethbridge remains last in the WHL with a 12-52-2-3 record.

The Broncos will be back at home Wednesday to face the Saskatoon Blades (16-47-2-3) with special Swift Current Centennial Anniversary jerseys.

Remaining schedules:

Swift Current – vs Saskatoon, vs Moose Jaw, at Moose Jaw

Kootenay - at Edmonton, at Red Deer, vs Calgary, at Calgary

Regina – vs Prince Albert, vs Brandon, at Brandon

Brandon – vs Saskatoon, at Regina, vs Regina

Red Deer - vs Kootenay, vs Edmonton, at Edmonton

Prince Albert - at Moose Jaw, at Regina, vs Saskatoon, at Regina

Bronco Bits: Black, 20, now has 15 points during an eight-game point streak. He is eighth in WHL scoring with 91 points in 66 games. Merkley, 18, reached the 30-goal plateau and now has 10 points in his past eight games. Rookie Jake DeBrusk, 17, had two assists and now has 10 points in his past seven games. Honka, 18, is now second among all WHL rookies with 55 points in 59 games.

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Swift Current Broncos, Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Edmonton Swift Current Red Deer Calgary

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