Broncos lose in shootout to Brandon

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The Swift Current Broncos scored three straight goals to erase a two-goal deficit but suffered a 5-4 shootout loss at the hands of the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings Friday.

The Broncos trailed 2-0 and 3-1 but fought back to lead 4-3 in the third period before allowing the tying goal only 1:44 later to send the game to overtime.

Eric Roy scored the only goal of the eight-player shootout as he beat Eetu Laurikainen high to the glove side to move the Wheat Kings to 4-0 this season.

Laurikainen had stopped the first three shooters, but Curtis Honey stopped Coda Gordon, Adam Lowry, Graham Black, and Ryon Moser for the win.

Nick Buonassisi led Brandon with two goals and an assist, including the game tying goal 5:44 into the third period.

Graham Black, Chance Lund, Dalton Reum, and Levi Bews all scored for the Broncos. Bews earned the Broncos a brief lead when he batted in a waist-high pass from Coda Gordon on the powerplay four minutes into the final frame.

Ryan Pulock and Ryley Miller also added goals for Brandon.

Laurikainen suffered the shootout loss with 25 saves on 29 shots, while Honey made 37 saves on 41 shots.

The Broncos are now 1-0-2-1 this season, having led all three games that they have suffered two overtime losses and now a shootout loss in.

“I think the feeling around the room is pretty good,” said Reum after the Broncos picked up points for the fourth straight game to open the season. “We have a lot of returning players and the feeling overall is that we are tying it and going to overtime but we seem to not be able to close it out after leads and that is something we need to work on. We have been preaching about it, we have been doing video and film all about it, and it is just a matter of time before it turns all around.”

The Broncos will be back at it Saturday when they host the Saskatoon Blades (1-2-0-0).

“I think the key is that we are just going to have to stick to our game plan. We are a hard-nosed, hard-working team. I think that is the main goal for us is for everyone to just stay on page. We are not the most skilled team but I think we are one of the hardest working teams and if we stick to that we should come out with two points,” said Reum.

Organizations: Swift Current Broncos, WHL, Brandon Wheat Kings Saskatoon Blades

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