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Post-Game with Darren Evjen, Graham Black and Reece Scarlett (Download)
Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb (Download)
Pre-Game with Raiders Coach Steve Young (Download)
The Q with Broncos F Zac Mackay (Download)
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- Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Richard Nedomlel
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Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:
Swift Current scored three power play goals in the second period on the way to a 4-1 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday. The Broncos won the special teams battle going 3 for 5 on the man advantage and holding the Raiders to 0 for 4.
“We were moving our feet 5 on 5 drawing penalties,” said Reece Scarlett, who had had two power play assists on the night. “On the power play they couldn’t keep up with our puck movement and that’s where we buried them.”
Graham Black had a goal and an assist in the victory.
“We needed some new options on the power play,” said Black. “Teams were studying us pretty heavily because our power play was good off the start. They figured out what we were doing so we changed it and we’ll probably have to change it again soon.”
A lot of Swift Current’s success on the man advantage over the last year has come by setting up effective point shots from Scarlett and Richard Nedomlel. They’ve been working on what to do when teams try to eliminate that option.
“They really tried to pressure us high,” said Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “Most teams are trying to take (Nedomlel and Scarlett) away and force us down low. (Scarlett) starts coming back a little bit more to the strong side and it just keeps them off balance a bit. When we come strong side then we have options, we can come down low with it for a 2 on 1 in front of the net.”
The Raiders came into the game feeling they had made some strides on their man advantage with a new four forward top unit, but the Broncos were able to contain them.
“They have a really skilled power play,” noted Evjen. “The key is they’re looking back door. They pass the puck, they want to cut you apart through the seems. You’ve got to stay in a tight protect the house type defence and take away passes, but when they bobble pucks you’ve got to pressure them to force them to make a good play to come out of it.”
Swift Current opened the scoring in the first period on a delayed penalty when Ryon Moser was able to direct the puck away from a Raider stick at the last second and Black had an open shot.
“Moser made a sick play and he makes that kind of a play I should be able to score,” Black said. “I just shot it, it hit (Siemens) in the back of the head and went in. I guess lady luck was on my side.”
The Broncos put their foot on the gas in the second period drawing five power plays and scoring three times. Coda Gordon put home a Nedomlel shot that hit the post on a 4 on 3, Raiders defenceman Josh Morrissey put the puck in his own net after it bounced off Adam Lowry and Moser backhanded in a goal off a Black rebound. Swift Current had 24 shots in what was an explosive period for them.
Sawyer Lange spoiled Eetu Laurikainen’s shutout when he banked a puck in off Swift Current’s goaltender after wrapping around behind the goal. Laurikainen stopped 23 of 24 Prince Albert shots in the victory. Luke Siemens made 43 saves in a losing cause for the Raiders.
Black, Moser, Scarlett and Bews each had 2 point nights for Swift Current. It was the first win for the Broncos against the Raiders after three recent losses in Prince Albert.
“Tonight was very similar to a lot of games up in PA,” Evjen noted. “The difference was we scored on some of our opportunities and we had that separation. We’ve had a couple of games up there where we played this well and I said we probably deserved better, but tonight we put some pucks in the net.”
There is no time to rest for the Broncos as they get on the bus early on Sunday morning for a 5pm game in Brandon.
“We should be riding high right now,” Scarlett said. “We beat the first team in the division and we should be riding high going into tomorrow.”
You can hear Sunday’s game on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 4:30pm.