Post-Game: Blazers 2 Broncos 1

Photo by Darwin Knelsen

Photo by Darwin Knelsen

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Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

A gut wrenching loss for the Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday night.

They carried a 1-0 lead into the final two minutes of the game before Kamloops scored twice in 31 seconds to pull off a 2-1 victory.

The WHL’s second leading scorer, Colin Smith kicked the puck to his backhand and just slid it underneath Eetu Laurikainen to break the shutout and tie that game with 1:44 to play in the third period. Sam Grist then ripped a shot over Laurikainen’s shoulder with 1:13 to play to complete the last-minute comeback.

“It’s just tears the heart right out of you,” said Swift Current Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “To come in and play the number one team, put everything into it as the guys did, they battled so hard and played so well… to make a couple of mistakes at the end and to have it cost you that much, it’s hard.”

The Blazers outshot Swift Current 32-16 on the strength of 5 power play opportunities.

“Credit our penalty kill for what they had to endure this game and they did such a good job,” Evjen said. “Can you put a finger on what we did wrong? I know the shots but that goes back to the penalty kill.”

The loss was Swift Current’s 12th in 17 one-goal games. It’s something Evjen stressed they have to start learning from.

“Guys just have to take the responsibility up on themselves,” Evjen said. “Not get better as much as make good decisions. The first couple of times you do anything you go in there kind of wide-eyed, now you get into situations time and time again you’ve got to make the right play.”

Eetu Laurikainen earned 2nd star honours in another terrific performance. He robbed Brandon’s top guns repeatedly including a couple of highlight reel saves late in the first period on the penalty kill. Cole Cheveldave only had to make 15 saves for Kamloops, but his shorthanded glove save on Ryon Moser in the third period may have saved the game for his team.

Coda Gordon scored Swift Current’s lone goal by deflecting an Adam Lowry shot early in the second period. It was his 1rst goal in his last 9 games. Swift Current went 1 for 3 on the man advantage.

The loss drops Swift Current to 12-14-3-2 and a tie for 6th in the WHL Eastern Conference. Kamloops moves to 22-7-1-2 in a tie for top spot in the West.

There is no time to rest for the Broncos as they visit the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday  night. The coaching staff knows they have to quickly put a very tough loss behind them.

“We take it hard, the players take it extremely hard,” Evjen said. “Tonight’s a tough night bu we’ll have to be prepared and ready to go. We did a lot of good things tonight against a very, very good hockey team. The points are important but we’ve got to look at the rest of the game (and) what we did so well.”

The Broncos were down to 10 forwards as Josh Derko left the game in the first period and Levi Bews left in the second. Both appeared to have lower body or leg injuries. Swift Current will get Daniel Dale back from suspension tomorrow night in Kelowna, but could be down to only 11 forwards if Derko and Bews aren’t available.

The Rockets are on a 9 game home winning streak and have only lost twice on home ice all season. They feature Swift Current natives Colton Heffley and Mackenzie Johnston. Rockets Assistant Coach Dan Lambert is a former Bronco and former Broncos Assistant Coach Lorne Frey is Kelowna’s Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel.

You can hear Wednesday’s game in Kelowna on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 8:30pm.

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Play by Play Broadcaster for the WHL's Swift Current Broncos on 94.1 FM The Eagle.
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4 Responses to Post-Game: Blazers 2 Broncos 1

  1. DJ AcidBurn says:

    Hey Shawn, what is this team missing? so many close calls yet can never come up with that signature win or any kind of winning streak?

    • shawnmullin says:

      If I could answer that I’d be doing a different job! I mean it’s tough to say. It’s obviously a pattern. I feel like anything I can say about I’ve said all the other times.

      I guess to some degree they’re a blue collar team and teams like Edmonton and Kamloops and Calgary have so much skill they can find those late goals? That’s why those teams are in first right?

      Hopefully they can stay determined and keep battling these elite teams so closely. Eventually that’s going to pay off I’d think.

      • George Heidt says:

        Not sure if you watched the game last nite. But in a nutshell, the goalie kept them in it. If he was not outstanding the game would have been very different. In terms of offence, SC really did not have that much – which was clear given the shots. These Western teams play a skilled game so though our defense was strong it is difficult to beat them without more offence.

      • shawnmullin says:

        Well sure of course it’s tough to win 1-0. I think I basically said similar things in a different way. A lot of the better Kamloops chances were on the PP. 5 on 5 the Broncos contained very well for 58 minutes. Absolutely their goaltender is big part of that as they always need to be… but yah they didn’t get a ton of offence. The Blazers played a strong defensive game too and Cheveldave had his own moment robbing Moser of a sure goal at a key time.

        Goal scoring skill doesn’t grow on trees and teams like Kamloops/Edmonton/Calgary have more of it than most so of course that helps late when you need a big goal.

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