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Brad Hoban scores twice, Broncos use big first period to defeat Raiders

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Brad Hoban scored a pair of goals as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Prince Albert Raiders 6-3 in Western Hockey League action on Thursday.

Tanner Muth, Colby Cave, Coda Gordon and Josh Derko also scored for the Broncos (5-7-2).

Justin Maylan had two goals and Mike Winther also scored for the Raiders (4-11-2).

The Broncos scored three unanswered goals in the first period and cruised to the win.

Hoban opened the scoring just 12 second into the game, when his unobstructed shot from the point caught Raiders goaltender Cole Holowenko napping.

Tanner Muth put the Broncos up 2-0 when he scored on a wrist shot from distance at 7:22 of the first. Muth's first goal of the season chased Holowenko from the Raiders' goal.

Cave scored a short-handed goal at 12:09 to give the Broncos a commanding 3-0 lead.

From an offensive zone faceoff at 14:04 of the second, Swift Current extended their lead through Hoban's scored of the game and eighth of the year.

Maylan got the Raiders on the board with his team-leading seventh goal, a power-play marker at 18:26 of the second period.

Within 56 seconds Coda Gordon, with his ninth of the year, and Josh Derko scored to extend Swift Current's lead to 6-1 early in the third.

Maylan and Mike Winther replied in under two minutes for Prince Albert midway through the third period, but the Raiders were unable to claw their way back from a five-goal deficit.

Holowenko allowed two goals on eight shots and Eric Williams, in relief, was allowed four goals while making 28 saves.

Jon Groenheyde made 29 saves for the Broncos.

The Broncos were 0-for-2 with the man advantage, while the Raiders went 2-for-4.

The Raiders welcome the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday, while Swift Current plays host to Medicine Hat on Friday evening.

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