The Swift Current Broncos tied the game three times but eventually lost 6-3 in Saskatoon
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The Swift Current Broncos erased three one-goal deficits but eventually lost 6-3 to the Saskatoon Blades in a New Years Day matinee game. Saskatoon ended their 13-game losing streak in the process.
Saskatoon led 1-0 after one period when Ayrton Nikkel scored his third goal of the season. Jay Merkley tied the game for the Broncos with his 17th of the season. Nick Zajac scored just 18 seconds later to restore the Blades one-goal lead. Graham Black scored on the powerplay with 3:51 left in the second period for a 2-2 tie heading into the final frame.
Nikita Scherbak gave the Blades their third lead with a powerplay goal midway through the third period, his 21st of the season.
Coda Gordon, in his return from injury, tied the game 3-3 with a powerplay goal with 6:58 left in regulation. Scherbak gave the Blades the lead for good with 5:23 left in regulation and Logan Harland added an insurance goal 1:23 later. Dylan Busenius added an empty net goal to close the scoring.
Landon Bow took the loss with 33 saves on 38 shot to fall to 9-4-1-1. Troy Tremblay made 37 saves to improve to 4-12-0-1.
Swift Current fell to 21-14-1-5, while Saskatoon remains last in the East Division with a 11-27-1-2 record.
The Broncos will be back on the road Friday when they visit the Kootenay Ice (19-18-2-1).
Bronco Bits: 19-year-old forward Coda Gordon returned to the line-up after missing 13 games. The Broncos had a 6-4-1-2 record since he was injured against the Brandon Wheat Kings on November 19. Gordon had 33 points in 27 games prior to his injury and had a goal and an assist in his return. Former Broncos defenseman Graeme Craig skated in his 300th WHL game. The Blades captain was drafted in the third round by the Broncos in 2008 and played 200 games for the Broncos before being traded to Saskatoon last season. 16-year-old defenseman Maxime Lajoie made his WHL debut for the Broncos. He is coming off a strong performance for the Calgary Royals at the Mac's AAA Midget World Invitational Tournament with two goals and four assists in four games. He has 14 points in 24 games in the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League for the Chrysler Division leading Royals. Lajoie posted three assists in seven preseason games and stuck with the Broncos to open the season before being reassigned to his midget team.