Broncos can’t hold lead against Blades

The Swift Current Broncos allowed three third-period goals in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Saskatoon Blades.

One game after allowing a season-high eight goals, the Broncos lost a second straight game when they failed to hold a pair of third-period leads. It was only the Broncos’ second regulation loss in 22 attempts when leading after two periods.

The Blades struck early with a power play goal off the stick off Cameron Hebig only 3:04 into regulation. Colby Sissons replied for the Broncos with a one-timer off the face-off for his eighth goal 5:22 later for a 1-1 tie after one period.

Max Patterson knocked home a puck from the slot 5:18 into the middle stanza for a 2-1 Swift Current lead after 40 minutes.

The Blades tied the game 6:03 into the third period when Josh Paterson tipped home a pass off the post and just in.

Beck Malenstyn replied for the Broncos only 22 seconds later when his centering pass deflected in from the high slot past a helpless Nolan Maier.

Beck Malenstyn (right) now has two goals and two assists in four games since joining the Swift Current Broncos.

Paterson tied the game again with a power play goal in a rebound in the crease midway through the period.

The Blades forced a turnover and took the lead for good with 4:35 left in the game on a Braylon Shmyr unassisted goal.

Special teams played a major role in the outcome as the Blades scored twice on six man-advantages. The Broncos were held without a goal on three power play opportunities.

Joel Hofer took the loss with 28 saves on 32 shots to fall to 4-2-0-0. Nolan Maier improved to 10-6-0-1 with 29 saves.

The Broncos remain second in the East Division with a 26-9-2-0, while
Saskatoon improved to 18-17-2-1. The Broncos now lead the season series 4-2 with two games remaining.

Defenseman Jacson Alexander (right) had an assist during his WHL debut Dec. 30.

The Broncos will be idle Sunday before heading to Saskatoon on New Years Day for an afternoon rematch with the Blades.