SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. - Dustin Sylvester led all scorers with a five-points as the Kootenay Ice struck for five first-period goals before holding on in a wild 8-6 win over the host Swift Current Broncos Wednesday in the WHL.
The Ice now have a franchise record 13-game win streak, with their last defeat coming back on Dec. 13 in a shootout loss to the Calgary Hitmen.
Kootenay led by period scores of 5-3 and 7-5 in the wide-open offensive contest.
Sylvester assisted on the first four Kootenay goals and adding the eventual game winner with his 25th of the season in the second period. Sylvester now has a team-high 65 points on the year.
Steele Boomer netted a hat trick, which included an insurance goal into an empty net, giving him 19 goals on the season. Matt Fraser, Jesse Ismond, Brayden McNabb and Hayden Rintoul added singles.
Swift Current was led by Cody Eakin with one goal, three assist. Eakin now leads the Broncos with 34 goals and 63 points.
Overage forward Matt Tassone, meanwhile, notched a pair of power-play goals for the Broncos, with Stepan Novotny, Brad Hoban, and Dillon Wagner also scoring.
Ice netminder Todd Mathews earned his 21st win of the season despite giving up six goals on 17 shots before being replaced in the third period. Nathan Lieuwen stopped all six shots he faced in his relief appearance.
Broncos starting goaltender Morgan Clark was blitzed for four goals on 11 shots in the opening 11:25 of play before being chased from the net. Mark Friesen finished the contest and made 26 saves on 29 shots while his record falls to 13-16-0-4.
Kootenay improve to 29-15-3 while Swift Current falls to 24-22-2.