The Swift Current Broncos finished the WHL pre-season schedule with a home-and-home set with the Medicine Hat Tigers on the weekend.
Medicine Hat jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period on Friday night at Co-op Place with goals from Tyler MacKenzie and Andrew Basha before Mathew Ward put the Broncos on the board at the 7:40 mark of the opening frame. Tomas Mrsic gave the Tigers a two-goal lead again about three minutes later, and then Ward picked up his second of the night just nine seconds later to put Swift Current within one again. Clark Caswell tied the game at 3-3 6:17 into the second period before Cayden Lindstrom put the Tigers ahead 43 seconds later, and then Luke Mistelbacher made it 4-4 with a shorthanded marker at 14:53 of the middle frame. Dru Krebs started a run of four straight goals for the Tigers late in the second with Shane Smith, Braden Wynne and Brett Calhoun scoring in the third to make it 8-4. Ward completed the hat trick at the 9:08 mark before Tyler MacKenzie scored to make it 9-5 for the Tigers. MacKenzie added another goal for the Tigers in the third period, and Rylan Gould and Parker Rondeau had the Broncos' other goals in the final frame, with Caswell scoring the "overtime winner" in a practice sudden death period at the end of the game. Koen Tyssen made 27 saves for the Broncos, who were outshot by the Tigers 37-33.
On Saturday at Innovationplex, the Broncos had first period goals from Middx McCagherty and Caswell with Gavin McKenna scoring for the Tigers, who then scored eight unanswered goals in the second and third periods, with a hat trick from Hunter St. Martin, two goals from Lindstrom, and markers from Shane Smith, Andrew Basha and Bogdans Hodass. Brady Birnie and Brett Calhoun completed the scoring in the third, and Peyton Kettles added another for the Broncos in the practice overtime session. Berney Weston made 28 saves in the Broncos net as Swift Current was outshot 38-23.
The Broncos open the regular season on Friday night in Lethbridge before hosting the Hurricanes in the home opener on Saturday at Innovationplex.