(quick recap for now… audio coming later)
Coda Gordon, Julius Honka and Colby Cave each had 3 points as the Swift Current Broncos blew out the Regina Pats 7-2 in the WHL regular season opener on Thursday night.
Swift Current had seven different goal scorers in the victory.
It didn’t start well for the Broncos as they were outshot 8-1 early and gave up three quick power plays in the first period. Geordie Maguire opened the scoring for the Pats at 5:25 just after a Bobby Zinkan penalty had expired.
The Broncos responded shortly after killing off a third Regina power play when Andrew Johnson forced the puck into Pats territory and threw it towards the net where Tanner LeSann banged it in to tie the game.
That got the Broncos going and they drew a couple of penalties before scoring a 5 on 3 goal in a nice passing play. Gordon skated it to the middle of the point before passing it to Honka on the left circle and he released it just as quickly over to Brycen Martin at the right circle. Martin’s shot beat goalie Dawsom MacAuley and the Broncos had a 2-1 edge after a period despite being outshot 12-4.
Swift Current pulled further ahead early in the second period when Gordon won a puck on the forecheck, threw it across the front of the net to Cave and one-timed in the return feed for a 3-1 lead.
Regina pulled back to within a goal on Maguire’s second of the game when he went uncovered on another Pats power play at 4:59. Right after the Maguire goal a Zinkan double minor for high sticking put the Broncos right back on the penalty kill, but they were able to fight Regina off.
Building on the momentum from a successful kill, Swift Current went back on the power play where Connor Sanvido converted a Martin rebound for his first goal as a Bronco. They ended the period with Zac Mackay taking a nice cross-ice pass from Honka and blasting a slap shot over MacAuley for a 5-2 lead after two periods of play.
Teagan Sacher replaced MacAauley in the third period and was immediately under fire allowing goals on the first two shots he faces. Cave found a pinching Dillon Heatherington all alone for a 6-2 lead and Glenn Gawdin set Honka up in the slot for his first career WHL goal.
The game got physical as well. Tanner LeSann dropped the gloves with Braden Christoffer, Brett Lernout battled Marc McCoy and Denis Bosc tangled with Tye Hand in a battle that threatened to turn into a brawl when Christoffer and Justin Spagrud ended up jumping in. Tensions appeared to be building to the re-match when the two clubs will meet again in Swift Current on Saturday night.
Landon Bow made 25 saves on 27 Regina shots to secure the win and continue building on his strong pre-season play. MacAuley allowed 5 goals on 18 shots, while Sacher stopped only 4 of the 6 shots he faced.
Swift Current went 2 for 5 on the power play and held Regina to 1 for 9.
You can hear Saturday’s game on The Eagle 94.1 FM with our pre-game shot at 6:30pm at puck drop at 7:05pm. There is also an after party at the Credit Union iPlex curling rink featuring The Chevelles.