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#WHLPlayoffs Roundup: Sissons strikes in OT as Broncos stake out series lead
Darwin Knelsen

 

Regina Pats (1) at Swift Current Broncos (2) – OT
Broncos lead series 2-1

Game 4: Tuesday, April 11 – Credit Union i-Plex, Swift Current – 7 p.m. MT

Don’t look now, but the Swift Current Broncos have an opportunity to push the Regina Pats to the brink of elimination Tuesday night.

All of that became reality Monday evening after the Broncos secured a 2-1 series lead following a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series.

Defenceman Colby Sissons stormed end to end before burying a quick wrist shot past Pats goaltender Tyler Brown only 1:46 into the extra period to give the hometown Broncos the triumph.

Despite a scoreless opening period, the pace was furious and frantic with both sides earning a number of quality opportunities along the way. Of particular note was a fantastic glove save by reigning WHL Goaltender of the Week Jordan Papirny, who flashed the leather to stone Bryan Lockner off a two-on-one feed courtesy none other than Sam Steel.

The Pats opened the scoring 3:03 into the second period as Dawson Leedahl cleaned up a scramble play in the slot, beating Papirny for a 1-0 Regina lead.

But it didn’t take long for the Broncos to draw even.

Only 2:07 had elapsed when Conner Chaulk took a pass from the right wing and cut through the face-off circle. Battling through a hook, the 19-year-old product of Regina snapped a quick shot that beat Pats goaltender Tyler Brown low blocker to tie the game 1-1.

A scoreless third period sent the two teams to overtime, but Brown had to do a little work before the buzzer sounded after 60 minutes. On a late power-play opportunity, Lane Pederson took a pass off the right wing, slipping a nifty toe drag and firing through Josh Mahura’s legs to test Brown from the circle. The Pats puckstopper managed to squeeze the biscuit and kill a great scoring chance late in regulation.

The furious pace that defined Game 3 carried on into overtime and that meant not much extra time was required.

Picking up the puck in his own end of the rink, Sissons turned on the jets and lugged the puck the length of the ice all on his own. Crossing the Regina blueline, the reliable and rugged defender sent a quick wrist shot in on Brown, trickling one through the five-hole to give the Broncos a 2-1 win and an unlikely 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Papirny was once again lights out between the pipes, earning first-star honours for his 33-save performance. At the other end, Brown stopped 32 in defeat.

With the win, the upstart Broncos now own a 2-1 series lead with an opportunity to take a strangle hold on the best-of-seven set Tuesday night (7 p.m. MT) when the puck drops on Game 4 at the Credit Union i-Plex in Swift Current.

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