Post-Game: Broncos 3 Wheat Kings 2

Levi Bews and Daniel Dale (Photo by Darwin Knelsen)

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A very solid weekend for the Broncos. They stuck to their game plan, limited mistakes and got their cycle going. Dating back to the games against Prince Albert, Seattle and Edmonton last week this is the best stretch I think we’ve seen from the Broncos this season. This weekend that strong play finally turned into a couple of strong sixty minute victories.

Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:

Josh Derko’s goal at 18:31 of the second period stood up as the winning goal in a 3-2 Swift Current Broncos victory in Brandon on Sunday. The Broncos wrapped up the weekend with back-to-back victories after a 4-1 win over Prince Albert on Saturday.

“It was a good road win,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “The D was really good tonight moving pucks and defending. Our forwards… I don’t know if it was our best game, we had some chances we didn’t put away, but good enough we scored three.”

Levi Bews opened the scoring for the Broncos only 1:19 into the first period as he converted a nice passing play from Colby Cave and Ryon Moser. It was the 10th of the season for Bews and equalled his goal total for all of last season.

“He’s playing within our game plan,” Evjen noted. “He’s not so much all over the map. His puck handling has always been good, he’s got courage and he’s hard to play against. He drives the net with the puck and he’s got a great shot. I think it’s his progression and his ability to want to commit to get better and play within a system.”

Jayce Hawryluk tied the game for Brandon with a power play goal at 10:36 of the first period and they were even after twenty minutes despite the Broncos out-shooting Brandon 15-8.

The top line of Graham Black, Adam Lowry and Coda Gordon created more than their share of chances while keeping Brandon pinned in their zone. That pressure finally paid off when a Brycen Martin shot deflected off of Black to put the Broncos ahead 2-1 midway through he second period.

“Whenever we cycle the puck that’s when we’re playing our best offensively,” Evjen said. “We’re good at cycling it. (Black) his speed backs teams off so much. It’s so hard to play him. They’ve got to give him room but when they give him room it probably makes it work. I think he… made Brandon’s D step back and contain more than pressure.”

Josh Derko scored the eventually winning goal on a nice rush led by Chance Lund. Derko got behind the D and Lund hit him with a nice backhand pass to create the goal. Dalton Reum had assists on both the Black and Derko goals.

Alessio Bertaggia deflected an Eric Roy point shot under Eetu Laurikainen to bring Brandon to within a goal in the final minute of the third period, but a Ryan Pulock tripping penalty snuffed out the last hopes for the Wheat Kings. Laurikainen made 26 saves to earn the win for the Broncos. Curtis Honey stopped 32 of the 35 Swift Current shots.

The game got off to a scrappy start with three fights in the first period. Daniel Dale took on Ryley Miller in a heavyweight battle, Tanner LeSann fought Ayrton Nikkel and Zac Mackay knocked down Taylor Cooper.

Lowry and Black will go from Brandon and catch a flight to their Subway Super Series games in Vancouver and Victoria later this week. The Broncos don’t play again until Saturday in Red Deer.


About shawnmullin

Play by Play Broadcaster for the WHL's Swift Current Broncos on 94.1 FM The Eagle.
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