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Highlights of The New Pioneer Co-op Broncos Hockey (Download)
Post-Game with Landon Bow, Adam Lowry, Colby Cave and Darren Evjen (Download)
2nd Period Interview with Broncos Assistant GM Jamie Porter (Download)
Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb (Download)
Pre-Game with Ice Coach Ryan McGill (Download)
Pre-Game with Broncos F Coda Gordon (Download)
Pre-Game with Kootenay Ice Broadcaster Jeff Hollick (Download)
The Q with Broncos F Adam Lowry (Download)
- B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: Broncos first goal
- Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Justin Spagrud
- Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Denis Bosc
- Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Tanner LeSann
That was a heck of a performance by the Broncos. There is no question the Ice were hampered by key injuries and a tired crew after three games in three nights. That said, the Broncos didn’t let the off the hook. They jumped on Kootenay from moment one and if not for a great game by Skapski it could have been a very lopsided score.
Adam Lowry continues to play the best hockey of his WHL career as he extended his point streak to 11 games with his third hat trick of the season. He has 18 points in his last 11 games and 11 of those points are goals. The other thing Lowry did in this game was create a line matching nightmare for Kootenay. The Broncos were down to 11 healthy forwards and decided to double shift Lowry with Gordon/Cave and Spagrud/Bosc. That way the Broncos were able to roll four lines and the fourth line was more effective than it has been all season.
You obviously can’t double shift Lowry even game, especially when he is key on both special teams units, but it worked like a charm against the Ice. He elevated the game of Spagrud and Bosc, while those two responded to playing with Lowry by both playing their best games in Swift Current uniforms. Bosc set a physical tone with a huge hit on Sam Reinhart and both he and Spagrud were very effective on the cycle game. If not for Skapski’s strong play both guys could have found the back of the net. However, it was the impact they had in allowing the Broncos to roll four lines and tire out Kootenay that made the biggest difference in the game.
When you fire 54 shots on net and only give up 20 there aren’t likely going to be any passengers. Each line and defensive pairing played very well. It’s something to see how effective a Dale/Mackay/LeSann were when just a couple of months ago they were getting 5-6 shifts a game as the fourth line. The silver lining in injuries to guys like Derko, Benson and Lund is that other guys have had to step up and have shown they are able to carry a bigger load.
The Broncos are often described as an “old” team. They aren’t so old with Laurikainen at World Juniors and 19-year-olds like Derko, Benson and Lund on the injured reserve. Their top six featured a few 18-year-olds, their bottom six featured 4 17-year-olds and 4 out of 7 defencemen in the lineup are 17 or under. The young guys are getting a chance to play and will make this team a lot deeper when some of those injured veteran guys get back.
Congrats to Bow who has had to sit on the sidelines for two weeks with an injury while a call-up in Steve Myland stepped in and delivered a shutout. A healthy Bow answered back with a shutout of his own in a game a lot like the PG game were the Broncos dominated and didn’t give up a ton of shots. On one hand it’s “easier” to play those games. On the other hand it’s hard to stay sharp when you go several minutes at a time without stopping a puck. Bow made some big saves and made sure Swift Current didn’t give up weak one while they struggled to beat Skapski early.
Bow’s key? According to our post-game interview he does a little play by play to keep sharp. Sounds like someone has a future ready for them when their (hopefully long) hockey career is over…
Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:
Landon Bow made 20 saves for the shutout and Adam Lowry scored his third hat trick of the season as the Swift Current Broncos beat the Kootenay Ice 4-0 on Sunday. It was the first shutout and win of Bow’s WHL career.
“I feel absolutely great,” Bow said. “Being able to come back after being injured for a couple of weeks it feels good… It’s a big confidence booster for me. I know I can do it so I’m just going to run with this.”
The Broncos dominated the game with 54 shots to only 20 for the Ice. Kootenay goaltender Mackenzie Skapski kept his team in it with some spectacular stops including a couple on former teammate Colby Cave.
“He’s an unbelievable goalie,” Cave said. “If he wasn’t in the net maybe a few more goals would have gone in.”
The Broncos outshot the Ice 12-4 through 20 minutes of play and Skapski kept it scoreless. Swift Current didn’t get frustrated.
“We stayed with it,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “We didn’t take bad penalties, we didn’t start turn pucks over and start cheating to try and get a goal. We stuck with our game plan and played a pretty good game.”
Graham Black opened the scoring only 59 seconds into the 2nd period. His goal was the “teddy bear” goal as the Broncos held their annual teddy bear, toque and mitten toss with all items thrown on the ice going to the local Salvation Army. The delay after the goal didn’t slow the Broncos down as they fired 24 shots on goal in the period and scored again when a shot from Levi Bews went off Lowry’s skate and in.
Swift Current’s Captain added some insurance 33 seconds into the 3rd period by ripping a shot over the glove of Skapski and completed the hat trick on the rebound of a Coda Gordon shot. Lowry extended his point streak to 11 games and goal streak to 6 as he moved into the top 10 of WHL goal scorers with 21.
“It has to do with confidence,” Lowry said. “The pucks feel like they’re bouncing the right way right now and my linemates are playing great around me.”
With injuries piling up the Broncos only dressed 11 forwards on Sunday with Lowry double shifting. He was impressed with the performance of 4th line wingers Denis Bosc and Justin Spagrud at his side.
“They really stepped up tonight,” Lowry said. “They did a great job generating chances and that allowed (Coach Mark Lamb) to keep rolling four lines. I think going forward if we’re going to be successful we need all four lines chipping in.”
Lowry now has 11 goals and 7 assists for 18 points over his point streak.
“He’s just seemed to elevate his game,” Evjen said. “He’s winning every battle, skating so well, makes so many good plays with the puck… it’s just his overall game. He’s just been such a force to deal with.”
Kootenay was down to 5 defencemen and the Broncos wore them down with a physical game.
“Primary I think we wanted to get the pucks deep and get to work on their D,” Evjen said. “Cycle the puck, be physical on them and that was the key.”
Coda Gordon chipped in 3 assists, while Cave added 2 helpers against his former team.
“It puts a little fire into the belly,” Cave noted. “I know I struggled a little bit on the BC road swing. Coming home it’s a good opportunity, we’re down a few guys… the wing is missing a few guys and it’s nice to know that (Coach Lamb) can trust me on the wing… playing with Lowry and Gordon they make it pretty easy.”
The shutout by Bow was the 2nd by a Swift Current goaltender since starter Eetu Laurikainen left to join Finland’s entry at the World Junior Championship. Steve Myland earned the shutout in Prince George last Tuesday before Bow shut the door on Sunday.
“That goes to show that we’re starting to get some depth in our goaltending,” Evjen added. “That’s a huge key.”
Swift Current went 2 for 4 on the power play. The Ice went 0 for 1.
The Broncos play their final game before the holiday break at home to the Saskatoon Blades on Tuesday. Swift Current is 2-1-1-0 against the Blades so far this season.
You can listen to Tuesday’s game on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 6:30pm.