Broncos earn thrilling comeback win over Blades

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The Swift Current Broncos overcame a pair of three-goal deficits to top the Saskatoon Blades 6-5 on Colby Cave's last-minute powerplay goal

Nathan Burns

The Swift Current Broncos overcame a rare off-night from both goaltenders to defeat the Saskatoon Blades 6-5 and move within one point of the Kootenay Ice for fifth spot in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining in the regular season.

The Blades led 3-0 after 11:29 and 4-1 early in the second period before the Broncos scored five of the final six goals to earn a crucial win. Colby Cave scored the winning goal on the powerplay with 21 seconds left to  complete the victory.

Graham Black finished with a goal and three assists, Jake DeBrusk had a goal and two assists, while Jay Merkley, Glenn Gawdin, and Nathan Burns also scored for the Broncos.

Ryan Graham scored twice for Saskatoon, while MacKenzie Johnston, Cory Millette, and Graham Miller also scored as the Blades scored goals in the opening minute of all three periods.

Eetu Laurikainen made the start and allowed three goals on eight shots before getting the hook. Landon Bow earned the win as he made 17 saves on 19 shots to improve to 13-5-2-1.

Rookie affiliate Brandon Kegler made 39 saves on 45 shots in his third Western Hockey League appearance for the Blades.

Swift Current remains sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 35-25-3-6 record, only one point back of Kootenay. Saskatoon dropped to 16-49-2-3 with their 10th consecutive loss.

The Broncos will conclude their 72-game regular season schedule with a home-and-away set against the Moose Jaw Warriors beginning Friday in Swift Current and concluding Saturday in Moose Jaw.

Remaning schedules:

Swift Current – vs Moose Jaw, at Moose Jaw

Kootenay -  vs Calgary, at Calgary

Regina – vs Brandon, at Brandon

Bronco Bits: Black, 20, now has 19 points during a nine-game point streak. He is now tied for sixth in WHL scoring with 95 points in 67 games. The Broncos improved to 22-8-1-4 at home and now have a 23-7-2-4 record against the East Division. Johnston, 20, had a goal and an assist for the Blades in his final WHL game in his hometown rink.

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Swift Current Broncos, Saskatoon Blades WHL

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw Calgary

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