REGINA - The Swift Current Broncos scored three times in the third period to beat the Regina Pats 5-3 in game two of the WHL's Eastern Conference quarterfinals Saturday night.
The win ties the series at one as it moves to Swift Current for game three Tuesday night.
After a heavy-hitting Game One, both teams came out flying for the second night in a row. However, sitting out the game with an indefinite suspension was Regina's Brett Leffler for a hit that knocked Swift Current's Michael Wilson out of the game and possibly the series.
With Swift Current's Spencer McAvoy in the penalty box for checking from behind it was Regina that struck first when Ryan DePape tipped in a J.D. Watt blast from the point at 3:29 of the first.
Swift Current answered at 11:39 of the period when a high point shot took a strange bounce off the back glass, off a body in front of the net and then in behind Regina goalie Linden Rowat. Cody Eakin was credited with the goal while assists went to Geordie Wudrick and Jesse Dudas.
Eakin played a part in Swift Current's next goal, a beauty by Justin Dowling at the 17:59 mark of the first. After Eakin forced a turnover in the Regina end, Dowling grabbed the puck, muscled his way around the Regina defender and roofed a hard backhand past Rowat.
Less then a minute later Regina got the goal back when Matt Strueby knocked in a Jordan Eberle rebound on a two on one.
Near the midway mark of the second Regina broke the 2-2 tie with its second power play goal of the night. After taking a feed from Tim Kraus, Regina captain Logan Pyett spotted a wide-open Jordan Eberle camped out beside the Swift Current net and rifled a pass over to him. Though the pass was in Eberle's feet, the Regina sniper coolly kicked it up to his stick and popped it in the open net to make it a 3-2 game.
In the third, steady Swift Current pressure forced Regina to make some costly mistakes. Having trouble getting out of their end, the Pats made several turnovers before a Matt Strueby clearing attempt went over the glass for a delay of game penalty at the 5:47 mark.
Less than a minute later Regina's Matt Delahey took a checking from behind penalty to give Swift Current a two-man advantage.
Swift Current then tied the game up with its first power play goal of the series when captain Zack Smith popped one in at 7:27 of the third.
Then, just as Delahey's penalty expired Dowling scored his second of the gameuand eventual game winneruat 8:26 of the period.
Swift Current's Matt Tassone added an empty net goal, also on the power play, at 19:48 to make it a 5-3 game.
Earning the win and playing another solid game for Swift Current was Travis Yonkman (1-1-0-0). The loss goes to Linden Rowat (1-1-0-0), who faced 30 shots while letting in four goals.