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Broncos Drop Heartbreaking Shootout Loss to Blades

A solid 41-save effort by netminder Austin Smith wouldn’t be enough as the Swift Current Broncos dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 shootout decision to the Saskatoon Blades at the Credit Union Centre Wednesday night.

Rookie Coda Gordon would open the scoring on the man advantage under three minutes in to give the Broncos an early 1-0 lead.  Just over a minute later Brad Hoban would light the lamp recording his 14th of the season to up the Broncos lead to two.

Unfortunately three singles in a quick four-minute span by Connor Cox, Michael Burns and Matej Stransky would turn the tables giving the Blades their first lead of the evening near the midway mark of the middle frame.  But, in the dying minutes of the second period Levi Bews would score a beauty of a goal as he exited the penalty box to tie the game up at three.

The final frame would see no goals with the Broncos outshooting the Blades 13-11 as the 3-3 contest would head to overtime.

The extra frame would remain scoreless as well with great scoring chances on either side and shots tied up at three.

In the shootout Hoban would be the only Bronco to beat netminder Andrey Makarov, as both Blades Josh Nicholls’ and Brent Benson would retaliate on their end resulting in a 4-3 Bronco loss.

The Broncos were outshot 45-34 and went 1/4 on the man advantage.

UP NEXT:  The Broncos travel to Brandon, MB to take on the Wheat Kings on Friday night.  Then they return to the Credit Union iPlex to take on the Regina Pats on Voth’s Countrywide Themed Jersey Night Saturday.

BRONCO BANTER:

Coda Gordon and Daniel Dale each played their 50th game of their WHL careers.

Taylor Vause (2A) recorded his 19th multi-point effort of the season.

With the shootout loss the Broncos are 11 points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with 17 games left.

SCORING SUMMARY:

1. S.C C. Gordon, (21) (T. Vause, R. Scarlett), 2:30 (PP)
1. S.C B. Hoban, (14) (E. Fleming, T. Vause), 3:46
2. SAS C. Cox, (2) (J. Trask, L. Sutter), 4:03
2. SAS M. Burns, (22) , 8:05
2. SAS M. Stransky, (29) (B. Benson, J. Paradis), 8:56
2. S.C L. Bews, (5) , 18:27

3 STARS:

1. S.C – 31 Austin Smith
2. SAS – 21 Michael Burns
3. SAS – 3 Connor Cox

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