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Highlights of The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey (Download)
Post-Game with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen (Download)
Pre-Game Interview with Broncos F Chance Lund (Download)
Pre-Game Interview with Broncos Coach Mark Lamb (Download)
Pre-Game Interview with Chiefs Coach Don Nachbaur (Download)
- B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: Chiefs 5-2 goal
- Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Dillon Heatherington
- Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Richard Nedomlel
- Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Daniel Dale
Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:
Chance Lund scored twice in a losing cause as the Swift Current Broncos (11-13-3-2) fell 7-2 to the Spokane Chiefs (18-7-1-0) Friday night. The Broncos kept it close through fourty minutes before Spokane pulled away in the third period. The loss keeps Swift Current in a three-way tie for second place in the East Division.
“I thought at times we had push back but just not enough,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “In the third period I thougth Spokane turned it up a gear and we didn’t match that.”
The game didn’t start well for the Broncos as they fell behind on a four-on-four goal by Mike Aviani and Todd Fiddler’s shorthanded strike a few minutes later. Lund’s first of the game and 9th of the season brought Swift Current to within a goal after the first period.
Spokane pulled further ahead on Aviane’s second of the game 3:40 into the second period. The goal drove Eetu Laurikainen out of Swift Current’s goal as he allowed 3 goals on 10 shots. Fiddler welcomed backup Landon Bow to the game with his second of the game and 20th of the season with a one-timer on the power play. Lund struck again shorthanded and the Broncos were behind 4-2 after 40 minutes of play.
Lund has now scored 3 times and has 4 points in his last two games.
“We’ve talked about getting pucks on net, drivint the net,” Evjen said. “(Lund is) 6’5 and fast. He’s gotten a lot of opportunity off of moving his feet. Tonight it was just the case of driving the net. He’s fast, he’s big, he’s got a good reach and he’s getting some opportunities off of that.”
While the Broncos were in the game down 4-2 entering the third period, an early goal by Chiefs defenceman Reid Gow seemed to zap the energy out of them. Tyler King and Mitch Holmberg added to the lead late for Spokane.
Things got physical towards the end of the game as Daniel Dale fought Carter Proft and Richard Nedomlel fought Riley Whittingham at the same time. Both Broncos received extra penalties and misconducts after the battle.
The Broncos mixed up their lines throughout the game as they weren’t happy with the performances of certain individuals.
“I think in each group; goaltending, D and forwards at times we didn’t have everybody on board and rowing,” Evjen said. “If on a line you have one guy that isn’t going it drags the other two down. It just kind of felt to me like we had some holes.”
Bow made 21 saves on 25 shots in relief for Swift Current. Former Prince Albert Raider Eric Williams stopped 27 of 29 Bronco shots. It was the first game of Spokane’s Eastern Division road swing.
Swift Current wore special Great Plains College SunDogs themed jerseys for the game. It was the first of two theme jersey nights this season.
The Broncos will have to get right back to work as they host Brandon on Saturday night. It’s the third game of the week between the two teams as Swift Current swept the home-and-home 5-3 and 5-1 on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“No one is happy with what happened here tonight,” Evjen said. “Tomorrow we should be an ornery bunch. We should be itching to get playing again.”
The Broncos have won 3 of their 4 games against Brandon so far this season and lost the other in a shootout. Saturday’s game is their final home game before a two-week road rip through BC which starts Tuesday in Kamloops.
LAURIKAINEN WORLD JUNIOR INVITE
Despite a tough Friday night for him on the ice, Eetu Laurikainen does have a lot to be happy about. The 19-year-old Broncos goaltender has been invited to Finland’s World Junior Championship team camp. He will leave the Broncos after their game in Victoria next Saturday to make a push for his home country’s entry into this year’s Under 20 championship in Russia.
“He’s a guy that wasn’t drafted that probably didn’t get a lot of credibility,” said Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb. “He’s come over here, hasn’t missed a beat and is gaining lots of recognition from NHL scouts and obviously Team Finland.”
Laurikainen has been one of the top goaltenders in the WHL so far this season with at 2.59 goals against average and 0.917 save percentage in 27 games. He has started 19 consecutive games for the Broncos and has a record of 11-12-2-2.
Swift Current selected Laurikainen in the first round of the 2012 CHL Import Draft.
Broncos forwards Adam Lowry and Graham Black made the WHL Subway Super Series teams earlier this season, but there is no word yet on whether or not they have made the cut for Canada’s World Junior Championship training camp. Hockey Canada will release their list of invited players on Monday.