The Pats fought their way back from a two-goal deficit in the second period, but it was the Broncos who came out on top.
Their Highway 1 and division rivals snapped Regina’s win streak with a 4-2 win at the Credit Union i-plex Saturday night.
Swift Current Broncos Kaden Elder and Matteo Gennaro scored roughly two minutes apart in the first period and sparked an early exit from the game for Pats goaltender Tyler Brown.
Jacob Wasserman entered the game in relief and put in a strong effort making 15 of 17 saves in his WHL debut.
The Pats entered the first intermission down 2-0 and came out flying in the second.
Goals from Bryan Lockner and Nick Henry, as well as a strong offensive push – the Pats outshot the Broncos 18-7 – tied the game up for the Pats by the end of the middle frame.
But the league’s second place team wasn’t giving up so easily and engineered a late surge that lifted them over the Pats in the last five minute of regulation.
Gennaro added his second of the night and his 26th of the season to win the game for his team, while Elder added an extra for good measure with a minute and a half remaining in the game.
The Broncos move to 28-10-3 and still sit eight points back of the first place Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Pats, meanwhile, currently sit at 20-19-3 and the second wild-card spot.
Regina is back in action at the Brandt Centre Sunday afternoon against the Prince Albert Raiders. Puck drop is at 4 p.m.
- Matteo Gennaro, Swift Current Broncos (2 goals)
- Kaden Elder, Swift Current Broncos (2 goals)
- Josh Mahura, Regina Pats (2 assists)