Broncos win second straight on U.S. road swing

The Swift Current Broncos remain perfect since the Western Hockey League trade deadline with a 5-3 win over the Portland Winterhawks for their sixth straight win overall.

In the second game of their five-game U.S. Division road trip, the Broncos got goals from four different players and 34 saves from Stuart Skinner. Colby Sissons scored twice, while Giorgio Estephan and Aleksi Heponiemi both had three-point outings.

Estephan opened the scoring for the Broncos with his 20th goal of the season and 300th career Western Hockey League point. Heponiemi picked up an assist to extended his point streak to 26 games.

Skyler McKenzie tied the game for Portland with his 35th of the season for a 1-1 score after one period.

Sissons gave the Broncos a second lead with his 10th goal of the season 7:50 into the middle stanza. Portland tied the game for a second time when Alex Overhardt notched a power play goal for a 2-2 tie after two periods.

Beck Malenstyn gave the Broncos a third lead with a goal only 1:05 into the third period. Sissons gave the Broncos their first two-goal lead with a power play goal.

Portland pulled their goalie early and scored with 2:05 left on the clock with a goal from Joachim Blichfeld. Tanner Nagel secured the win with an empty net goal in the dying seconds to close the scoring.

Skinner improved to 18-15-2-0 and 4-0 since joining the Broncos. Cole Kehler allowed four goals on 25 shots to fall to 21-11-1-3.

The Broncos improved to 33-10-3-0 to remain second in the WHL behind Moose Jaw. Portland dropped to 26-15-1-3, second in the U.S. Division.

The Broncos will be back in action Saturday when they visit the Seattle Thunderbirds.