Colby Cave scored twice and had an assist as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Prince Albert Raiders 5-2 on Saturday night.
The win put the Broncos on top of both the East Division and the Eastern Conference.
Jay Merkley and Coda Gordon both had a goal and an assist for Swift Current. Gordon had seven points in three games this week, while Cave and Merkley both had six.
Dillon Heatherington added two third period assists.
Eetu Laurikainen made 28 saves to get the win including some big saves as the Raiders put some pressure on in the second period. Cole Cheveldave stopped 29 of the 34 Swift Current shots.
The Broncos came out on fire early with all sorts of pressure and high quality scoring chances.
Swift Current struck first when the Raiders turned the puck over to Coda Gordon and he started a give-and-go with Cave before finishing it for his fourth of the year. Cave then got one midway through the period with assists going to both Gordon and Connor Sanvido.
A late holding penalty to Julius Honka opened the door for the Raiders. They struck just as the penalty expired when Leon Draisaitl pounced on the rebound of MacKenzie Johnston’s shot. It was the first game for Johnston in his hometown since he was traded from Kelowna to Prince Albert.
The goal kept the Raiders in the game despite being outshot 16-4 in the first period.
Prince Albert turned the momentum around after a slow start in the second period and outshot the Broncos 17-9. Neither team found the back of the net and the game was still up for grabs in the third.
That’s when Cave struck again as he took a feed from Glenn Gawdin and drove the net on a goal that went off the Raiders defence before going by Cheveldave. It stood up as the winner.
A power play goal by Merkley and a beautiful even strength marker from Graham Black allowed the Broncos to pull away. Dakota Conroy added a late power play goal for Prince Albert.
The next action for Swift Current is Wednesday night at home against Calgary.
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