SWIFT CURRENT – Tuesday night (Oct. 10) gave us a pretty good idea of why the Swift Current Broncos stand atop the WHL standings, and it wasn’t a pleasant lesson for the Lethbridge Hurricanes to learn.
The Broncos entered the matchup with a 6-0 record to start the season, and after 60 minutes of play, extended their impressive streak to seven straight.
It really came down to the final 20 minutes though.
Tyler Steenbergen opened the scoring for the Broncos with five minutes left in the first period – his first of two in the game, totaling a remarkable 15 goals in seven games, which easily gives him the league lead – before the Hurricanes’ Giorgio Estephan equalized things with his third of the campaign, scoring on the power play.
The two clubs again traded goals in the second, with Calen Addison giving Lethbridge the lead while on the man advantage, before Swift Current tied things up 2-2.
To that point, the visiting Hurricanes – who came in having won back-to-back games – dominated in shots, leading in that category 38-19.
Things then changed dramatically in the third.
Riley Stotts pulled the home team back ahead five minutes into the final frame, and the Broncos never looked back. They fired 15 shots on the Hurricanes’ net, beating Lethbridge goalie Stuart Skinner with three of them, before adding an empty netter en-route to a 6-2 win.
With the loss, the Hurricanes record now stands at 3-3.
The good news is that they now return home to the ENMAX Centre, where they’ve picked up all three of their wins this season. Even better, is that after they host the Everett Silvertips on Friday, Oct. 13, they will travel to Calgary for a single game, before returning to Lethbridge for a lengthy seven game home stand.
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