Broncos endure Rebels for seventh straight win

The Swift Current Broncos, led by a four-point outing from Conor Geekie, defeated the host Red Deer Rebels 7-5 on Friday.

Geekie scored a pivotal power play goal late in the second period to make the score 5-3 and then set up the final two goals to close out the win.

Luke Mistelbacher scored twice, including the eventual game winner early in the third period. Mistelbacher now has seven goals and four assists during a six-game point streak while playing as an unlikely wingman to Geekie.

Mathew Ward added a goal and two assists, while Rylan Gould and Connor Hvidston each finished with a goal and an assist. Clarke Caswell finished with three assists and Josh Filmon also found the back of the net.

Frantisek Formanek, Samuel Drancak, Jhett Larson, Luke Vlooswyk, and Mats Lidgren replied for the Rebels.

The Broncos won the special teams battle with two power play goals on four opportunities. They killed off all three shorthanded situations, including a five-minute major to defenseman Ryan McCleary.

Reid Dyck, fresh off being named the WHL Goaltender of the Month, earned another win with 33 saves to improve to 20-6-2-0. Red Deer starter Chase Wutzke allowed four goals over one period of work. Rhett Stoesser made nine saves on 11 shots over the final two periods.

The Broncos remain fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 33-19-4-2 record, four points ahead of Red Deer (30-22-2-6).

The Broncos will visit the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday.

Bronco Bits: Despite playing only 45 games this season, Geekie is now 14th in WHL scoring with 82 points. He has 15 goals and 18 assists in 19 games since joining the Broncos from the Wenatchee Wild. The Rebels announced after the loss that the team had mutually agreed to part ways with head coach Derrick Walser. Former Saskatoon Blades and Regina Pats head coach Dave Struch was announced as the interim head coach.