Post-Game: Raiders 6 Broncos 5

Colby Cave and Daniel Dale against the Raiders last season (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

Highlights of The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey (Download)


Post-Game Interview with Assistant Coach Darren Evjen (Download)


2nd Intermission with Jets Broadcaster Brian Munz (Download)


Pre-Game Interview with Coach/GM Mark Lamb (Download)


Pre-Game Interview with Raiders Coach Steve Young (Download)


  • B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: Raiders 4th goal
  • Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Brycen Martin
  • Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Adam Lowry
  • Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Josh Derko

Was that ever a wild game. I’d call it in some ways gutsy and in some ways very frustrating for the Broncos. They battled until the bitter end, but they also went from what had been a pretty good defensive effort in the first two periods to a sloppy and mistake filled final ten minutes.

Despite all Prince Albert’s shots in the first forty minutes, the Broncos still didn’t give up many scoring chances and kept up a consistent defensive system. However, once they took a 4-3 lead at the midway point of the third period the mistakes and poor decisions robbed them of what should have been a point or two tonight.

The Broncos can’t let this trend in one goal games continue. 13 of their 21 games have been decided by only one goal… and they’ve only won 4 of them. It’s one thing if you’re being outclassed consistently and know you didn’t deserve to win. It’s another thing entirely when you’re in a position to win most of your games and are letting points slip away. At some point if you’re good enough to compete every night you have to start showing you’re good enough to win your share of those close games.

There was some good news coming out of the game in that guys who had played smaller roles really stepped up and showed they could, at least on one night, handle more responsibility. Colby Cave got he chance to play between Lowry and Gordon thanks to Graham Black being out sick… and delivered. I’m sure his line would have liked to finish stronger defensively, but they were dangerous all game and Cave showed he can hang when playing with and against the best by putting up his first career hat trick and a four point night.

Zac Mackay and Tanner LeSann also stepped up from fourth line roles to centre the second and third lines. They both did very solid jobs in those situations and gave the coaching staff reason to believe they could thrive with additional opportunity.

Mackay moved to the second line when Brent Benson was knocked out of the game by Evan Morden’s hit in the second period. It wasn’t called but it knocked Benson’s visor off his helmet and sent him to the dressing room for the rest of the game. I imagine it will be at least reviewed. Hopefully Benson isn’t out for long.

Here is my summary from Swift Current Online:

Colby Cave scored his first career hat trick for the Swift Current Broncos in Prince Albert last night, but it wasn’t enough as the Broncos fell 6-5 to the Raiders.

The two teams traded seven goals in a wild third period that saw the lead change multiple times. It was a sloppy finish to what had been a fairly tightly played game to that point.

Swift Current had a 4-3 lead midway through the second period before the Raiders scored three unanswered goals to secure the win.

“Before a goal there’s always opportunities to get the puck out or make a play,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “There was on all those goals and we didn’t make the play… down the stretch that’s how good teams win. You’ve got to hold on and you’ve got to make good, easy plays.”

13 of Swift Current’s 21 games have been decided by only a single goal, but the Broncos have only won 4 of them.

Swift Current got off to a good start on their first few shifts with the puck pinned deep in Raider territory.

“We had an opportunities but we didn’t get enough on net,” added Evjen.

Prince Albert jumped out to a lead on goals by Evan Morden and Mark McNeill. The Broncos responded in the final minute of the game as Cave slid his 5th of the year under Luke Siemens with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Cave would then tie the game on Swift Current’s only power play opportunity of the second period when he knocked home Adam Lowry’s rebound.

The Raiders were on the man advantage four times in the second period and out shot the Broncos 14-5.

“We didn’t give them much,” Evjen said. “They got lots of shots but… on the penalty kill they maybe had two scoring chances in all that time.”

Josh Morrissey gave Prince Albert their lead back at 3:49 of the third period when he put in his own rebound. The Broncos were able to respond on only their second power play of the game when Cave tapped in a great pass from Coda Gordon to secure his hat trick. Exactly a minute after the Cave goal, Zac Mackay busted in behind the Raiders’ defenders and gave Swift Current their first lead of the game.

It only took 52 seconds for Prince Albert to tie things up on a Harrison Ruopp point shot through traffic. Prince Albert then pulled ahead on Winther’s first of the game as he again directed a puck towards the net with bodies in front. Winther scored for the second time in the period into the empty net before a furious late rally from Swift Current resulted in a Bews goal and a couple of great chances to tie things up.

“We have to be closer than that. It’s tough to score two goals in a minute,” Evjen noted. “We gave it a good effort.”

It was a game of new opportunities for Cave and Mackay. Graham Black was out of the lineup with a flu and Brent Benson got knocked out of the game by an uncalled Evan Morden hit in the second period. Cave and Mackay moves from their spots on the third and fourth lines into top six roles and each produced in those roles.

“That’s what you look for is guys to step up and play well,” Evjen said. “Take more minutes, handle those minutes, be responsible and create some opportunities. They did that.”

Cave’s game was particularly impressive as he scored the hat trick and added a late assist, but the Broncos aren’t penciling him in to a permanent top six role just yet.

“He has to play there for a few games,” Evjen noted. “He did a good job tonight… can you do it every night? That’s where the very good players can do it night in and night out. It’s a good start for (Cave) he’s got to build off of it.”

Coda Gordon chipped in 3 assists, while Bews and Adam Lowry each had 2 point nights. Eetu Laurikainen stopped 37 of 42 Prince Albert shots in a losing cause.

Benson was kept out of the game after being shaken up on the Morden hit. His visor was knocked off his helmet by the blow. The Broncos don’t yet know how long he could be out of the lineup.

Swift Current is now 0-2-0-1 against the Raiders this season as they prepare to host Prince Albert for the first time on Saturday. It’s their only home game of the weekend. They’ll play in Brandon on Remembrance Day Sunday.

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3 Responses to Post-Game: Raiders 6 Broncos 5

  1. Harvest says:

    When are we going to see some accountability with this team and its coaches. We have a group who are veteran on defense. Who have a pretty good top two lines and nice checking line and an unreal goalie. Yet night in night out I see a team that plays for 20 minutes. It’s up to the coaches to find out what motivates the guys and do it. We play 3 dmen for the majority of the game and their bagged by the end. Heaven help us if we make the playoffs. Evjen will have to twin Scarlett so he doesn’t have to play another dman. Lets pull our heads out of the sand and realize that something has to change soon. We must make playoffs this year if you want to have any type of fan base and revenue going forward. I think my first step would be finding an assistant that can coach. Then I’d go about getting a second line scorer and an upgrade on reum. Just my humble opinion. And no I’m not in the room. But I don’t have to be to see that he’s running a couple of dmen into the ground.

    • Anonymous says:

      is it really that veteran? 3 veterans, 2 17 year olds and a 16 year old. seems pretty average to me. was veteran before craig and walker were moved out. evjen is a good coach but how can fans judge an assistant coach? i think that’s ridiculous. if you have a problem with the coaching it’s the top guy that it starts with. only insiders would know how or why the assistants impacted things.

      • Anonymous says:

        Well considering the fact that they’ve said when lamb is busy being gm evjen runs practices I’d say if you paid attention at all that means he has a pretty big role. So it’s ridiculous to have an opinion. Ok bud. Majority of teams in the whl have 4 veterans and a couple of newcomers. Considering how much and how well heatherington has played this year I’d count him as a veteran. So I’d say we are on par as far as the league goes

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