The Swift Current Broncos suffered a couple of losses on Saturday.
The Broncos not only lost one of their top players, Tyler Steenbergen, to injury, but they were beaten 4-3 by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in overtime.
Liam Murphy managed to shovel one past Stuart Skinner 2:48 into the game to give the Quebec League champs the win.
Liam Murphy wins the game for the Titan in overtime! pic.twitter.com/wYYjXdOAbu
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 19, 2018
Titan captain Jeffrey Truchon-Viel, who had two assists in the game, says being able to get a pair of short-handed goals was the key.
“We have been really good on the PK all playoff and that kept going today.” Truchon-Viel said. “We didn’t really see anything special that they did on the power-play so we just went with our strengths and it paid off for us.”
Giorgio Estephan had a pair for the Broncos. He says giving up the two short-handed goals was something very uncharacteristic of his team and something that came at the wrong time.
That’s unacceptable by us and something that shouldn’t happen,” Estephan said. “It’s a different game if we don’t allow those.”
Steenbergen went down in the second period after taking a hit along the side boards and seemed to be favouring his shoulder when he went off the ice.
Broncos coach Manny Viveiros as expected would not talk much about the injury suffered by Steenbergen who has scored 60 regular-season and playoff goals for the team. All he would say is the 19-year-old is day-to-day.
The win by Acadie-Bathurst sets up a battle of 1-0 teams Sunday night as they will meet the host Regina Pats in a 5 o’clock start. THe Pats beat Hamilton Friday night in the tournament’s first game.
620 CKRM’s game-day coverage starts at 4.
1st Game Period-1, Acadie-Bathurst, Asselin 1 (Galipeau, Maher), 8:02. 2, Swift Current, Steenbergen 1 (Estephan, Sissons), 12:18 (PP). 3, Swift Current, Estephan 1 (Nagel, Sissons), 18:59. Penalties-Fyten Sc (tripping), 8:57; served by Morand Bat (too many men), 10:48; Holwell Bat (hooking), 15:22; Truchon-Viel Bat (hooking), 19:32.
2nd Game Period-4, Acadie-Bathurst, Asselin 2 (Truchon-Viel), 18:07 (SH). 5, Swift Current, Estephan 2 (Nagel), 19:11. Penalties-Alexander Sc (tripping), 5:17; Gawdin Sc (roughing), 12:41; Ducharme Bat (slashing), 16:21.
3rd Game Period-6, Acadie-Bathurst, Holwell 1 (Rubtsov, Truchon-Viel), 5:51 (SH). Penalties-Morand Bat (cross checking), 4:25; Gawdin Sc (slashing), 9:45.
1st OT Game Period-7, Acadie-Bathurst, Murphy 1 (Dobson, Truchon-Viel), 2:58. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Swift Current 11-8-8-0-27. Acadie-Bathurst 10-13-13-3-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Swift Current 1/5; Acadie-Bathurst 0/4.
Goalies-Swift Current, Skinner 0-0-1-0 (39 shots-35 saves). Acadie-Bathurst, Fitzpatrick 1-0-0-0 (27 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Quincy Evans.
Linesmen-Adam Harris (49), Nick Bilko.