Colby Cave scored at 10:14 of overtime to lift the Swift Current Broncos to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Hitmen Monday night at Credit Union iPlex.
The victory was the Broncos first in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarter Final with Calgary now leading 2-1.
Cody Sylvester forced overtime for the Hitmen scoring the tying goal with 33.2 seconds remaining in the third period capitalising on a powerplay. It was his second goal of the game and third of the series for the Hitmen captain.
"I thought our guys showed a lot of resolve in the third period finding a way to get it to overtime but in OT I thought we were guilty of mismanaging the puck," said Hitmen Head Coach Mike Williamson.
Cave finished the game with a pair of goals for Swift Current while Adam Lowry had the other Broncos marker.
Both goaltenders turned in a strong performan as Calgary outshot the Broncos 45-42.
Eetu Laurikainen made 43 saves in the Swift Current net while Chris Driedger had 39 stops in the Calgary goal.
Game 4 goes Tuesday night in Swift Current.
Photo Credit: swbooster.com
Calgary Hitmen 2 at Swift Current Broncos 3 (OT)
Monday, March 25, 2013 - Credit Union i-plex - Swift Current, SK
Calgary 1 0 1 0 - 2
Swift Current 0 1 1 1 - 3
1, Calgary, Sylvester 2 15:18.
Penalties-Brassart Cal (slashing), 0:28; Lowry S.c (slashing), 0:28; Brassart Cal (interference), 7:11; Gordon S.c (too many men), 18:50.
2, Swift Current, Lowry 3 (Merkley, Scarlett), 12:38 (PP).
Penalties-Brassart Cal (slashing), 8:31; Humphries Cal (tripping), 11:28; Padakin Cal (hooking), 11:56; Chase Cal (roughing), 15:29; Merkley S.c (roughing), 15:29.
3, Swift Current, Cave 1 (Scarlett, Lowry), 5:37.
4, Calgary, Sylvester 3 (Rask, Macek), 19:27 (PP).
Penalties-Scarlett S.c (high sticking), 1:42; Nedomlel S.c (roughing), 12:21; Scarlett S.c (delay of game), 18:33.
5, Swift Current, Cave 2 (Lowry), 10:14.
Shots on Goal-Calgary 18-10-14-3-45. Swift Current 6-13-10-13-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 1 / 4; Swift Current 1 / 4.
Goalies-Calgary, Driedger 2-0-1-0 (42 shots-39 saves). Swift Current, Laurikainen 1-1-1-0 (45 shots-43 saves).
Referees-Adam Byblow (23), Chad Williams (60).
Linesmen-Sean Dufour (50), Ryan Lundquist (106).