Broncos come up just short against Pats

The Swift Current Broncos remain in search of their first win of the 2020-21 season after a 3-2 loss to the Regina Pats on Wednesday.

The Broncos trailed 2-1 after one period despite a strong effort over 20 minutes as they fired 15 shots on goal. Michael Farren opened the scoring for the Broncos when his shot went off the blocker of Matthew Kieper and then ricocheted off a defender’s leg and in for his second goal of the season only 2:23 into regulation.

The Pats replied with a pair of goals 3:35 apart from Carson Denomie, his fifth and sixth goals of the season.

The Pats doubled their lead in the opening minute of the middle stanza when 15-year-old Connor Bedard got behind the Broncos defense for a breakaway goal. The WHL’s first exception player now has four goals in as many games to open his career.

The Broncos made a game of it late when Cole Nagy scored on the power play with the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, but the Broncos were unable to pull even.

Kieper made 32 saves to earn the win in his second WHL appearance for the Pats. Reid Dyck made his WHL debut with the Broncos and made 27 saves in a losing cause.

The Pats improved to 1-2-1-0, while the Broncos fell to 0-3-0-0 with 21 games remaining in the regular season.

The Broncos will be right back on the ice to face the Brandon Wheat Kings (1-1-1-0) on Thursday at 8 p.m.