After over twenty hours on the bus and three games in less than three days could excuse the Swift Current Broncos for being a bit spent.

They battled through that today for a well earned 3-2 road win against the defending WHL champion Brandon Wheat Kings.

"A pretty good effort considering all the stuff stacked against us," said Broncos assistant coach Jamie Heward. "I thought our guys battled really hard to not give in to anything. We really wanted to emphasize no excuses. It was one of those situations that was a good test for us when things are stacked against us to make sure we play a great system... I thought our guys responded really well."

The Broncos were coming off a 3-1 loss against Medicine Hat on Saturday where they weren't happy with their play. They responded with a better effort today and more jump espeically given the circumstances.

"I thought we had an unusual amount of energy," Heward said. "I thought we skated better today than we did last night. Sometimes that happens. We didn't give them any excuses to feel tired or be tired, we just pushed them to be fast and quick and their bodies responded. I'm very happy with the effort."

In his first game back from New Jersey Devils camp Colby Sissons opened the scoring for the Broncos 3:02 in on a power play. Swift Current went 1 for 3 on the man advantage and were a lot sharper than their 0 for 6 effort on Saturday.

"I thought we were prepared for it," Heward noted. "Yesterday we started out with a couple of power plays early adn we weren't prepared. I thought our power play moved the puck around very well today. I thought we did a lot of very good things and we had opportunities to score goals on the road which gives you a boost."

Kade Jensen added to that lead late in the first period with a shot that deflected off a Wheat Kings stick before sliding under Logan Thompson. Sissons had an assist on that goal for a two-point night as the Broncos benefitted from having all their veteran defencemen in the lineup for the first time this season.

"Our top four guys are very good hockey players," Heward said. "They're still young and they still make some young mistakes at times, but they've grown leaps and bounds. They were forced to grow last year because of injuries they were thrust into the spotlight. Having (Sissons) back in the lineup really solidifies our top four and allows our 5/6 to get in the right match-ups."

Cole Reinhardt cut Swift Current's lead in half early in the second period before Glenn Gawdin's goal restored the two goal edge. Cole Johnson won a battle behind the net before getting the puck to Lane Pederson who made a nice behind the back feed to Gawdin for his second of the season.

A tired Broncos group hung on in the third period playing a simple game to contain any Brandon comeback effort. Tyler Coulter did slip a backhand under Travis Child to create some tense moments late in the game, but Swift Current was able to shut the door.

Pederson finished the game with two assists.

Child stopped 21 shots to earn his third straight win this season. Thompson made 27 saves for Brandon in a losing cause.

Veteran forward Calvin Spencer left the game midway through the second period. The Broncos made several ineup changes with Johnson, Tanner Mole and Noah King also drawing back in with an eye to utilizing some fresh legs at the end of a busy weeekend.

The win moved Swift Current to 3-2 on the season with all three of their wins coming on the road. They will host Portland on Tuesday.