Broncos lose in shootout to Americans

The Swift Current Broncos fell to 0-5 in the shootout in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Tri-City Americans. Southwest Booster photo by Steven Mah

The Swift Current Broncos continued to struggle in the shootout Saturday, losing 4-3 to the visiting Tri-City Americans to drop to 0-5 in the shootout this season.

The two teams played a thrilling 65 minutes before a captivated crowd at the Credit Union iplex, but the Americans got goals from Jordan Topping and Morgan Geekie in the shootout to finish 6-0 on their East Division road swing.

Newcomer Ryley Lindgren scored for the Broncos, but Aleksi Heponiemi and Conner Chaulk were both stopped by Rylan Parenteau.

Lindgren opened the scoring only 25 seconds into the game when he notched his first goal as a Bronco. Topping replied with the next two goals to give the visitors a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.

Glenn Gawdin and Tyler Steenbergen scored 4:57 apart to give the Broncos the lead early in the third period. Tori-City forced overtime with a Geekie power play goal with 4:56 left on the clock.

Jordan Papirny, making his first home start since being acquired from Brandon at the trade deadline, took the shootout loss with 29 saves on 32 shots. Parenteau got the win with 29 saves, including a desperation glove save to stop Lane Pederson during an overtime power play.

The Broncos dropped to 24-13-3-5, while the Americans improved to 28-17-3-0. The Broncos will host the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday at 4 p.m.