Broncos defeat Rockets to end busy six-day stretch

Max Patterson (right) outmuscled a Kelowna defender during a 5-1 win Wednesday. STEVEN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

The Swift Current Broncos got goals from four different skaters and a big performance from Logan Flodell in goal to defeat the visiting Kelowna Rockets 5-1.

Playing their fifth game in six days, the Broncos were led by a four-point outing from captain Glenn Gawdin, who is now second in the Western Hockey League with 67 points in 33 games.

The Broncos got out to a slow start but overcame it when Matteo Gennaro one-timed home a power play goal 8:09 into the first period. Gawdin quickly added his 29th goal of the season on a beautiful cross-ice feed from Sahvan Khaira for a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Matteo Gennaro now has 12 points in 8 games with the Swift Current Broncos.

The Broncos broke the game open with a three-goal third period. Kaden Elder chipped home a puck from in tight off a Kelowna turnover 1:10 into the middle stanza. Rookie Logan Barlage netted his first WHL goal on a beautiful no look pass from Max Paterson. Gawdin tipped home a shot 23 seconds later to reach the 30-goal plateau.

Rookie Logan Barlage celebrated his first WHL goal by removing the ‘monkey off his back.’

Flodell made 37 saves to improve to 20-6-2-0. A series of questionable decisions resulted in Kelowna’s only goal when Liam Kindree scored on a lengthy five-on-three power play in the third period. James Porter allowed five goals on 26 shots to fall to 13-4-2-0 for the Rockets.


The Broncos won their fourth straight game to improve to 24-7-2-0, second in the East Division, while Kelowna dropped to 18-11-2-1.

The Broncos will now have two well deserved days off before hosting the Kamloops Blazers in their final game before the holiday break.