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Smith's short-handed goal in OT leads Broncos to 4-3 win over Wheat Kings

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SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. - Zack Smith's short-handed goal in overtime led the Swift Current Broncos to a 4-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings in Western Hockey League action Wednesday.

Smith, who reached the 20-goal plateau on the season, scored with just one second left on a delay of game penalty to Eric Doyle.

Swift Current forced overtime when Broncos defenceman Michael Wilson scored his sixth of the year with 44 seconds left in regulation and the goalie pulled for an extra attacker. It was Wilson's first goal against Brandon in his three-year WHL career.

Swift Current had opened a 2-0 first period lead on goals 1:24 apart from Broncos import forward David Stieler.

Brandon tied the game at 2-2 in the middle period with a short-handed goal from Matt Calvert and Daniel Bartek's 23rd of the season. Brandon briefly took a 3-2 lead in the third period when Daryl Boyle scored on the power play with 2:04 left in regulation.

Swift Current netminder Mark Guggenberger turned aside 33 of 36 shots to earn his seventh win of the season.

Brandon goaltender Joe Caligiuri yielded four goals on 23 shots while falling to 28-18-1-0.

The final meeting between the teams this season was also important in the standings, with the teams now joining the idle Moose Jaw Warriors in a three-way tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 83 points.

Brandon entered the game with a one-point lead over Swift Current. The Broncos are now 38-22-1-6 on the season, while Brandon is 39-23-3-2. The Warriors maintain a game in hand over both Brandon and Swift Current.

It also tightens the race in the East Division standings, with the three teams all just three points back of the division leading Regina Pats.

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