Broncos recover to defeat Warriors

Matthew Kieper extended in an effort to stop Jagger Firkus during a 7-6 win on Saturday. STEVEN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

The Swift Current Broncos built up a five-goal lead and barely escaped with a 7-6 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday.

The Broncos took the initial lead 3:28 into regulation when Ty Coupland struck for his fifth goal of the season. Martin Rysavy tied the game for the Warriors with a power play goal. The Broncos answered with a Luke Mistelbacher goal, his seventh, to lead 2-1.

The second period was all Broncos on the scoresheet with three goals to open a commanding 5-1 lead. Coupland scored on the power play and then Mistelbacher also added his second of the game. Connor Hvidston scored 10 seconds later, his 16th of season.

The Broncos stretched the lead to five goals only 11 seconds into the third period with a Connor Gabriel goal. The Warriors then stunned the InnovationPlex crowd with five goals in 10:30, including two goals from Atley Calvert and singles from Ethan Semeniuk, Rilen Kovasevic, and Jagger Firkus.

Josh Filmon restored the lead with 6:06 remaining in regulation with his 18th goal as he got behind the defense and went five-hole with a nifty deke.

Matthew Kieper made 28 saves to improve to 6-2-2-1 for the Broncos. Dimitri Fortin fell to 3–3-0-0 with 32 saves.

The Broncos moved into fourth spot in the Eastern Conference with a 20-15-2-2 record. Moose Jaw remained third at 22-15-0-2 as their five-game winning streak came to an end.

The Broncos will host the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday to conclude a three-game home stand as they look to improve their 12-2-3-1 home record.