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A frustrating game for the Broncos. It was a defensive battle and the Rebels were one shot better. The first goal for Red Deer was an awful break for the Broncos on a funny hop, while the second goal was a shot that wouldn’t normally get through Eetu Laurikainen. That said, the Broncos have to find a way to convert more of their opportunities. They can’t expect to win games 1-0 and you can’t expect your goalie to stop everything. Patrik Bartosak was very good in the Red Deer goal, but there is a lot of excellent goaltending in the league and you have to overcome that to win more of these one goal games.
The Broncos continue to play excellent defensively. They really only gave up a handful of scoring chances all night. That has been the case in most games recently. The changes they’ve made defensively have been working and everyone is buying in. They’re blocking shots, winning battles and keeping guys away from the front of their net. However, their strong defensive play is about to be put to the test as they visit Calgary tomorrow afternoon and Edmonton on Tuesday. They’re two of the better teams in the league with a lot of firepower so Swift Current will have to raise their game.
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Turner Elson’s goal at 7:32 of the third period put Red Deer ahead for good as they beat the Swift Current Broncos 2-1 on Saturday night. It was Brent Sutter’s first game back behind the bench for the Rebels. Elson’s backhand from the right circle just trickled through Eetu Laurikainen’s pads as the Finnish netminder wasn’t able to close his five-hole quite in time.
“We had the opportunities, we had the right guys with the puck,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “At the end we do a real good job on the 6 on 5, but don’t get anything out of it. We made the right decisions, but have to have someone finish the play off.”
It was a tight defensive battle where both teams had a hard time generating high quality scoring chances. The Rebels outshot the Broncos 27-26, but Swift Current had a slight edge in opportunities. Czech goalie Patrik Bartosak earned first star honours as he shut the door on the Broncos including a couple of great saves on Coda Gordon power play deflections late in the second period. Gordon also hit the post on a good opportunity midway through the third period.
The Broncos pulled Laurkainen with 1:30 to play and were able to keep control in Red Deer’s end. They had a few good looks and couldn’t quite get a puck through Bartosak.
“The goaltending at the other end was very good,” Evjen said. “He played a good game and made a lot of stops. He managed to make some big time saves against our power play. We had some great deflections and he made some great saves.”
Swift Current opened the scoring at 5:55 of the first period on what was a simple, hard work goal from Chance Lund. Josh Derko and Tanner LeSann won a battle for a puck behind the Red Deer goal before LeSann cut out front and took a couple of quick shots on Bartosak. Lund found the rebound for his 7th goal of the season. It was the start of what was a very solid game for their line.
“Lund had a lot better game he was very physical and driving the net,” Evjen noted. “LeSann has been consistently making good plays. Derko is a physical player who as the game goes on he gets more room and gets to pucks. They were working hard, making simple plays, getting pucks deep and using their strength to forecheck.”
Red Deer tied the game up only 27 seconds into the second period as the Broncos were victimized by a bad bounce. Brady Gaudet’s point shot took a wicked hop off the boards behind the Swift Current net and rebounded behind Laurikainen as he motioned to come out and play it. That gave the debuting Rhyse Dieno an easy tap-in for his first goal as a Rebel.
Dieno joined the Rebels this week after scoring 12 goals in 15 SJHL games for La Ronge this season. He played previously for Kamloops and Medicine Hat.
Swift Current went 0 for 2 on the power play, while the Rebels went 0 for 3.
Sutter was back behind the bench for Red Deer after he fired Head Coach Jesse Wallin earlier in the week. The former Calgary Flames and New Jersey Devils Head Coach is also Owner and General Manager of the Rebels. The win moved Red Deer just a point ahead of the Broncos into 5th place in the Eastern Conference.
The loss was another in a string of one-goal losses for the Broncos so far this season. 15 of their 24 games have been decided by only a single goal, but Swift Current has only won 5 of them. The Broncos take a 9-10-3-2 record into Calgary on Sunday afternoon to battle the Hitmen. Calgary is sitting second in the East with a 13-5-1-2 record. You can hear the game on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 2:30pm.
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