Broncos squander lead in shootout loss


The Swift Current Broncos concluded a four-game home stand with a regrettable shootout loss on Saturday. They scored a season-high five goals, all in the first period, but let a 5-1 lead slip through their fingers in a 6-5 loss to the visiting Winnipeg Ice.

Isaac Poulter made 52 saves, while Ethan Regnier finished with a goal and two assists.

The Broncos were slow out of the gate, allowing an Isaac Johnson goal only 46 seconds after the opening face-off.

The Broncos quickly tied the game with a Regnier goal when he took advantage of a turnover below the goal line and tucked the puck in the short side. The Broncos added four goals over a 3:12 span late in the period, beginning with a Ben King power play goal. Aiden Bulych, Alex Moar, and Joona Kiviniemi quickly added goals to make it 5-1 after one period.

Ice starter Gage Alexander was lifted after 17:33 as he finished with six saves on 10 shots.

The Broncos had a costly miscue of their own early in the second period when Isaac Poulter opted to play the puck out with his glove and Jakin Smallwood tapped the puck home to cut into the deficit. Owen Pederson scored on a rebound seconds later to cut further into the lead. Pederson added a second straight goal midway through the period to make it a one-goal game.

Johnson scored the only goal of the third period when he one-timed a power play marker home to force overtime.

Connor McClennon scored for the Ice in the shootout, while Makaj stopped Regnier, Kasper Puutio, and Ben King to take the extra point.

Isaac Poulter dropped to 2-2-0-1 in the shootout loss. Jesse Makaj played the final 48:27 and stopped 21 of 22 shots in the win.

The Broncos moved to 2-4-0-1, while the Ice evened their record at 4-4-1-0.

The Broncos will begin their five-game BC Division road trip on Tuesday when they visit the Kamloops Blazers.