The Swift Current Broncos (13-18-4-1) clawed their way back to take a 2-1 third period lead on Friday night, but the Calgary Hitmen (16-13-4-2) then scored four unanswered goals, including two in 25 seconds, to take the game 5-2.
A scary moment early in the game saw Hitmen defenseman Matthew Sutter throw a hit down the ice on Caleb Wyrostok, but Sutter got the worst of it and lay on the ice for several minutes before heading to the locker room by his own means. He received a penalty for interference on the spot.
Swift Current had plenty of zone time on the ensuing power play but was unable to open the scoring. Calgary then received its first power play of the game near halftime and took a 1-0 lead.
Blake Stevenson accepted a pass in the right circle and skated before firing a hard shot over Isaac Poulter’s blocker to put the Hitmen ahead 1-0. They would take that lead at intermission, beating the Broncos 15-13.
The Broncos were successful even early in the second period thanks to strong forechecks deep in the Hitmen’s zone. Carter Stebbings tossed the puck to Cole Nagy who then slid it in front of goal for Josh Filmon. Filmon was ruled out on his first chance, but got his own rebound and returned the puck for his 16th of the season, tying the game at 6:55 into the period.
Both teams had a plethora of chances throughout the remainder of the second period, including Brayden Peters making two huge saves from Josh Davies and Clarke Caswell to tie his team in the second intermission at one.
Caleb Wyrostok gave the lead 5:31 into the third period. Finishing a long Broncos shift in the Calgary zone by entering the left circle and beating Peters through the five hole to give the Broncos their first lead of the game.
The lead didn’t last long as the Hitmen tied the game on an unfortunate break for Swift Current. The puck was cleared from the Hitmen area, and as he turned to try to come back defensively, Kayden Sadhra-Kang hit a rut in the ice, which gave the Hitmen a 3-0 run.
Anton Astashevich held the puck down the right wing before sliding it to David Adaszynski who scored his fifth of the season to tie the game.
Just 25 seconds later, Cael Zimmerman fired the puck below the goal line for Stevenson who scored his second goal of the game, restoring Calgary’s lead at 7:33 of the start of the third period.
The Broncos then ran into penalty trouble, taking two penalties 40 seconds apart, which ended with Riley Fiddler-Schultz scoring on a shot clock during the 5-on-3, pushing the Hitmen to 4-2.
Fiddley-Schultz then capped the scoring by hitting the empty net with four seconds left to seal the 5-2 victory.
The Broncos will look to bounce back against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (14-15-2-1) Saturday night at home.
The announced attendance was 1,297 people.