Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Swift Current 7 Kootenay 6 SO

From Chris Wahl ...
Jake DeBrusk's shootout winner capped a wild comeback as the Swift Current Broncos stunned the Kootenay ICE 7-6 in Swift Current Tuesday.

The Broncos overcame a three-goal third period deficit to win, while Kootenay claimed a single point thanks in part to a four-point effort from Luke Philp and two-goal performance from Tim Bozon.

The ICE, beginning a stretch of four games in five nights Tuesday, stormed out of the gate scoring twice in the first 3:07. Philp and Bozon gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Tanner LeSann replied for Swift Current moments later.

Kootenay restored a two-goal advantage at the nine-minute mark thanks to Jaedon Descheneau's team-leading 28th goal of the season and took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

The ICE extended their lead to 5-2 after 40 minutes. After Broncos veteran Coda Gordon and Bozon exchanged goals, Kootenay found a late power-play marker on a point blast from Tanner Lishchynsky in the final minute of the second period. The goal was Lishchynsky's first as a member of the ICE.

Gordon scored again for Swift Current 5:02 into the third period, and the Broncos continued to press before goals 2:20 apart from DeBrusk and blueliner Ayrton Nikkel tied the game at 5-5 with 3:37 remaining in regulation time.

Kootenay went up 6-5 moments later through Levi Cable, but again the Broncos found an equalizer when captain Colby Cave deflected home a point shot with 1:25 remaining in regulation time.

After a scoreless overtime frame, the two sides went until the fourth round of shootout action before DeBrusk put the hosts ahead 1-0. The ICE fate was sealed seconds later when Sam Reinhart's shootout attempt struck the crossbar behind Swift Current relief netminder Travis Child.

Reinhart finished with three assists, while fellow forward Jon Martin chipped in with two helpers.

The Kootenay power-play scored on its only opportunity and has now capitalized on six of the last seven opportunities.

ICE goaltender Wyatt Hoflin made 31 saves. Child stopped 14 shots after Broncos starter Landon Bow surrendered four goals on 18 shots.

UP NEXT: the ICE continue their East Division swing in Regina Wednesday. Game time is 6:00 pm.