Broncos score four third-period goals to overcome ugly start

Caleb Wyrostok scored twice in an 8-4 win over Spokane on Jan. 5. STEVEN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER PHOTO

The Swift Current Broncos overcame a slow start to defeat the visiting Spokane Chiefs 8-4 with a four-goal third period on Friday.

The Broncos made two costly turnovers in the opening 44 seconds to fall behind 2-0 on goals from Berkley Catton and Cole Wadsworth. The Broncos recovered in the second half of the period, beginning with a Tyson Laventure goal, his 15th of the season with 6:08 remaining in the period. Josh Filmon added a power play goal with 1:48 remaining on a point shot for his 16th goal of the season.

Both teams scored twice in the second period as well when Connor Roulette and Will McIssac scored for the Chiefs to give them a pair of leads. Caleb Wyrostok replied of the Broncos with his 11th goal and Clarke Caswell scored a shorthanded goal to tie the game a second time in the period.

The third period was all Broncos as they got goals from Filmon and Rylan Gould to pull ahead before Wyrostok scored into an empty net. Dawson Gerwing capped the win with his first Western Hockey League goal.

Joey Rocha started the game for the Broncos and made 17 saves on 21 shots. Matthew Kieper earned the win with 12 saves on 12 shots.

Dawson Cowan took the loss with 23 saves for the Chiefs.

The Broncos improved to 19-15-2-2, sixth in the Eastern Conmference, while Spokane fell to 14-17-3-0 in the opening game of their Central Division road trip.

The Broncos will host the third-place Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday.

Bronco Bits: Wyrostok now has six goals and one assist in his past four games. Czech defenseman Jakub Voracek made his home debut with one assist and a plus-three rating. Filmon, Caswell, and Hvidston all had two-assist outings.