Broncos win third straight in Geekie’s debut

Conor Geekie made his Swift Current Broncos debut in a 6-2 win over Tri-City. STEVEN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

The Swift Current Broncos, bolstered by the arrival of trade acquisition Conor Geekie, defeated the visiting Tri-City Americans 6-2 on Tuesday for their third straight win.

The Broncos got on the board 9:45 in with a Rylan Gould power play goal. Geekie scored his first goal with the Broncos late in the opening period as he collected a puck in the slot and buried his 21st goal of the season.

The Americans fought back with second-period goals from Nick Anisimovicz and Parker Bell to tie the game. Connor Hvidston converted a rebound chance to put the Broncos back in the lead with his 17th goal.

Caleb Wyrostok doubled the lead 5:54 into the third period with a shot from the slot for his 13th goal of the season.
The Broncos added to the lead with a Clarke Caswell shorthanded goal, followed by a power play goal from Josh Filmon.

Joey Rocha improved to 8-9-1-1 with 32 saves for the Broncos. Eric Kahl took the loss with 35 saves.

The Broncos moved to 21-15-2-2, fourth in the Eastern Conference, while Tri-City fell to 16-18-2-1 with their second straight loss as they passed the midway point of their Central Division road trip.

The Broncos will visit the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday.

Geekie led the Broncos with six shots on net as he settles in after representing his country at the World Junior Championship in Sweden before being traded to Swift Current.

“Obviously I wasn’t expecting too much out of my game. I kind of expected some heavy legs and it was a smaller ice surface. The guys kind of took over I think. There was a couple times where they have a pretty good pushback, but we had big Joe in the net and he’s playing unreal tonight. I think the way we played, happy, but definitely not satisfied with my game,” said Geekie.

The Broncos sent three players and four draft picks to the Wenatchee Wild to acquire the 6’4” centre, who had 49 points in 26 games prior to the trade.

“I think we’re a really fast team. I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people. It’s a great town. I love it already. The guys are great too. I’m excited to be here and I’m excited to kind of see where it takes off. I think teams are going to take us for granted and they probably shouldn’t,” said Geekie.