Broncos edge struggling Oil Kings

The Swift Current Broncos slipped past the struggling Edmonton Oil Kings with a 3-2 win Wednesday. Rookie Aleksi Heponiemi continued his steady offensive production with two points, including the game winning goal, to extend his point streak to 12 games with 24 points over that span.

All five goals were scored on the power play as the Broncos won their third straight game and handed the Oil Kings their 15th straight loss.

Kaden Elder opened the scoring with a power play goal 7:58 into the second period, his 12th goals of the season.

Conner McDonald replied for the Oil Kings with a power play goal later in the period. Tyler Steenbergen reached the 40-goal plateau with another power play goal for the Broncos for a 2-1 Bronco lead after two periods.

Edmonton struck for another power play goal early in the their period when Artyom Baltruk scored to tie the game 2-2.

Heponiemi scored the game winner minutes later on the power play, his 21st goal of the season. He continues to lead all Western Hockey League rookies with 67 points in 53 games.

Jordan Papirny improved to 17-15-1-1 with 23 saves on 25 shots. Patrick Dea made 26 saves to drop to 16-25-1-1 for the Oil Kings.

The Broncos improved to 11-9-1-3 on the road this season and 28-17-3-5 overall. Edmonton dropped to 18-32-3-1.

The Broncos will continue a three-game Alberta road swing against the Red Deer Rebels on Friday.