Broncos Drop Heavy, Physical Game to Red Deer
Swift Current, Sask. - The Swift Current Broncos (14-19-4-1) and Red Deer Rebels (25-12-2-1) played an extremely physical game at the Innovation Credit Union iPlex on Tuesday night, and a three-goal third period lifted the Rebels to a 5-2 win.
Swift Current opened the scoring in the game after killing off an early Rebels power play. On a man advantage of their own Mathew Ward centered the puck from the left circle for Alexei Shanaurin who one timed the puck past Chase Coward, scoring his first WHL goal to give Swift Current a 1-0 lead.
Red Deer evened the game four minutes later after Kayden Sadhra-Kang was knocked down coming out from behind his net. Jayden Grubbe picked up the loose puck and tucked it past Reid Dyck to tie the game.
The Rebels then took the lead just 40 seconds later as Jace Isley beat Dyck under the glove while coming down the left wing, giving the Rebels a 2-1 lead.
Swift Current piled up the scoring chances over the opening 20 minutes, wreaking havoc in the Rebels zone with traffic in front and some excellent forechecking leading to puck recoveries. The shots read 13-11 Rebels after the opening 20.
Ward was robbed by the blocker of Coward early in period two as the Broncos picked up right where they left off in the first period. Shanaurin came within inches of his second power-play goal of the night, ringing a shot from the left circle off the post.
The physicality noticeably picked up in the second period with Josh Davies being the focal point of many collisions, throwing his weight around on the forecheck and finishing every hit on Rebels defenceman as he could.
Late in the period Davies then got onto the scoresheet. After a great hold at the blue line by Grayson Burzynski to keep the play alive, Rylan Gould centered for Burzynski who was stopped by Coward. Davies was parked at the top of the Rebels crease and was able to muscle the puck under the right pad of Coward to tie the game at two.
The Broncos killed off a delay of game penalty shortly after the goal before Davies threw a massive hit on Liam Keeler behind the Bronco net. The hit drew the ire of the Rebels and Frantisek Formanek was eventually given a double minor for roughing, sending the Broncos to the power play to start the third period.
Filmon was robbed by Coward early in the third period as the Rebels goalie stretched across his crease to get the blocker arm on a shot from Filmon, keeping the game tied at two. The save quickly became even more important as the Rebels took the lead shortly after.
Ben King's shot from the right circle off the rush was deflected behind the Bronco net, but came of the end boards to Arshdeep Bains. Bains was able to bank the puck off the body of Dyck and in, restoring Red Deer's lead just 2:14 into the third period.
King then scored a power-play goal three minutes later to push the Rebels lead to 4-2.
Swift Current received a four-minute power play with eight minutes left in regulation, but couldn't cut into the Rebels lead. Ward took a hard hit in the final minute which brought all players on the ice into a scrum, resulting in 10-minute misconducts to Kalan Lind, Kyle Masters, Josh Davies and Mathew Ward.
The Broncos also received the extra minor penalty during the scrum, giving the Rebels a power play which they would score on to push the game to a 5-2 final score.
The two teams will meet again in just three days as the Broncos begin a three-game road trip through Alberta, beginning Friday night in Red Deer.
Announced attendance was 1,314.
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