SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. - Steve DaSilva recorded a hat trick to pace the Kootenay Ice to a 7-5 win over the Swift Current Broncos in Western Hockey League action Friday night.
Kootenay (16-10-3-0) held period leads of 4-0 and 5-1 before a wild six-goal third period, where the Broncos (15-9-0-5) made a spirited comeback effort.
DaSilva now has 20 goals on the season thanks to a pair of power-play goals and a key third-period even-strength tally which had given the Ice a 7-2 lead. The overage forward also extended his point scoring streak to 12 games.
Steele Boomer and Dustin Sylvester chipped in with a goal and an assist each for the Ice. Josh Gionfriddo scored his first of the year in his first game with Kootenay after being acquired earlier this week from Lethbridge, while rookie Joe Antilla scored his first career WHL goal to open the scoring 3:08 into the first period.
The Broncos rebounded with two power-play goals from Dale Weise, who now leads Swift Current with 15 goals, plus single markers from Erik Felde, Jan Dalecky and David Stieler.
Kootenay scored three power-play goals in 10 chances, while Swift Current scored twice in five man-advantage opportunities.
Ice netminder Kris Lazaruk won his 11th game of the season with a 21-save performance.
Broncos starting netminder Travis Yonkman gave up two goals on just seven shots. Rookie back-up Ian Curtis allowed five goals on 24 shots in relief.