SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Left-winger Owen Pederson scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season to lead the Winnipeg Ice to an 8-3 Western Hockey League triumph over the Swift Current Broncos before 1,952 fans at Innovation Credit Union Place Wednesday night.
Nolan Orzeck, Ben Zloty, Isaac Johnson, James Form, Michal Teply and Cole Muir also scored for the visitors, who extended their winning streak to three games. The victory pulled Winnipeg into a first-place tie in the East Division with the Prince Albert Raiders at 65 points each. The Ice, 32-19-1-0, have one game in hand on the Raiders.
Jaxan Kaluski, Matthew Benson and Hayden Ostir replied with goals for the Broncos, who are sixth in the Central at 10-37-1-3. Winnipeg swept all four games in the season series between the teams.
Winnipeg goaltender Liam Hughes made 18 saves to improve to 16-6. Swift Current's Isaiah DiLaura stopped 31 shots.
Next up for Winnipeg are games Friday and Saturday in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes. The Ice will wrap up the four-game road trip on Monday in Medicine Hat against the Tigers.
THREE STARS: 1. Peyton Krebs, Winnipeg (three assists); 2. Owen Pederson, Winnipeg (two goals, one assist); 3. Dawson Barteaux, Winnipeg (three assists).