Max Lajoie (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
The early returns on Ryan Graham as a Swift Current Bronco are overwhelmingly positive.
Graham scored twice more tonight including the game winner as the Broncos beat the Raiders 3-1 in Prince Albert.
He has now scored three times and added three assists in his two games since the Blades traded the veteran forward to Swift Current.
“The goals are nice,” said Broncos associate coach Ryan Smith. “First one he creates with his speed… second one a big body around the net on the power play. I like his intensity he seems to be going after a lot of loose pucks winning a lot of battles. He’s just added a little bit more of that veteran speed element to our game.”
The Swift Current Broncos have bolstered a banged up lineup by making a deal for goal scoring forward Ryan Graham.
Swift Current sent a 2017 2nd round bantam draft pick and a conditional 2018 4th round pick to Saskatoon for Calgary product.
Graham is a two-time former 20 goal scorer in the WHL as he put up 20 in 2014-15 and 22 in 2015-16.
“Graham is a player we have had our eye on since the beginning of the season,” Broncos Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Manny Viveiros told the team website. “He is a skilled player that we are very excited about and he will help our hockey team. We’re happy to have him on board.”
This season Graham was on the shelf with an injury and didn’t make his debut until October 28th. He has a goal and 4 assists for the Blades in 11 games and has heated up lately with 3 points in his last 4 games.
“Ryan has been a loyal Blade for over 4 seasons and has been a great ambassador for our organization on and off the ice,” Blades General Manager Colin Priestner said on their website. “Knowing our overage situation, we met with Ryan and both sides agreed a change of scenery for his final season of junior hockey would be beneficial for both Ryan and the Blades.”
Time and time again the Swift Current Broncos are proving you should never count them out of a hockey game.
Swift Current came back from down 4-2 in the third period to force overtime before losing 5-4 to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday night.
“Feel pretty good about getting a point,” said Broncos Associate Coach Ryan Smith. “There’s no quit in our team. Playing a pretty good team here. Top in the Central Division there’s a reason why. They shoot the puck hard, they skate hard and they play hard. We knew we were going to in for it tonight and I thought our guys responded well.”
The Swift Current Broncos couldn’t come all the way back in a 3-2 loss to Moose Jaw tonight.
After a string of recent comebacks the Broncos were not able to overcome a 3-1 deficit to the Warriors despite a big push in the third period.
“I thought we had spurts where we played OK and what we wanted to do,” said Broncos Associate Coach Ryan Smith. “At other times we abandoned that and that probably cost us the game tonight. It was a tough one, tight at the end… I just didn’t think we played well enough to get the job done.”
Artyom Minulin & Tyler Steenbergen (photo by Darwin Knelsen for scbroncos.com)
The Swift Current Broncos really don’t seem to think sixty minute games are long enough.
They went to overtime for the seventh time in their last nine games tonight as Artyom Minulin scored to lift them to a 3-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels.
“A win is a win so we are happy with that for sure,” said Broncos associate coach Ryan Smith. “We played well we just couldn’t seem to get that comfortable lead. Third period we came out we weren’t sharp, we scrambled in our own end, our power play… hurt us with a shorthanded goal. Two pretty good periods, one not so good period but we found a way in overtime to win.”