Broncos come back to defeat Hitmen

Broncos vs Calgary Hitmen

The Swift Current Broncos concluded a three-game Alberta road trip with a comeback 6-4 win over the host Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday.

The Broncos trailed 3-1 after one period but fought back into the game with the next three goals in front of 16,300 fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Hitmen tied the game with 7:54 left in the regulation but Giorgio Estephan put the Broncos back in the lead with a power play goal and Beck Malenstyn added an insurance goal to close out the win.

Glenn Gawdin and Tyler Steenbergen both scored during two-point outings. Aleksi Heponiemi assisted on four goals to move his season total to 83, passing Tim Tisdale and Joe Sakic for third in franchise history. Defenseman Colby Sissons also added three assists in the win. Sissons is tied for second amongst defensemen with 55 assists and 68 points in 64 games.

Rookie defenseman Jacson Alexander scored his first Western Hockey League goal and MacKenzie Wight notched his first of the season.

Carson Focht, Jakob Stukel, Riley Stotts, and Vladislav Yeryomenko all scored for the Hitmen, who fell to 19-35-5-2.

Stuart Skinner lasted only one period for the Broncos after allowing three goals on nine shots. Joel Hofer made 18 saves on 19 shots over the final two periods to improve to 8-3-0-1. Nick Schneider allowed six goals on 28 shots to fall to 18-28-5-2

The Broncos remain second in the WHL with a 45-14-4-1 record. They pulled even with Moose Jaw with 95 points, but the Warriors held three games in hand.

With only eight games remaining in the regular season, the Broncos will return home for the next three games, beginning Friday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders.