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Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:
Ryon Moser scored twice and had an assist as the Swift Current Broncos finished off a sweep of a mini-series against Brandon with a 5-0 win on Saturday night.
The Broncos and Wheat Kings played three times over the week with Swift Current winning 5-3 on Tuesday, 5-1 on Wednesday and 5-0 on Saturday. The line of Moser, Graham Black and Levi Bews combined for 17 points over the 3 games.
“We’re a really fast line,” Moser said. “(Black and Bews) are both really good skaters with good skill. Me and (Black) played together last year so we’ve got some chemistry there and (Bews) obviously has a great shot and he’s really skilled so he’s been a lot of fun to play with.”
It was a bounce-back game for Moser after he was benched throughout much of Swift Current’s 7-2 loss to Spokane.
“I just wanted to forget about that game and get back to the way I was playing at the start of the year,” Moser said. “Working hard and winning little battles in front of the net… just working really hard and going to the net.”
The coaching staff was happy with the way Moser got back in track.
“I think he really challenged himself that he knows he has to be better as a 20-year-old on this hockey team,” Evjen said. “He’s a skilled guy, he doesn’t have to go over top of guys but he has to use his speed and skill. I thought he really rebounded and really showed how good a hockey player he is.”
It took until 7:07 of the second period for Moser to open the scoring on the power play. Black then banked a puck in off of Bews’ skate and Reece Scarlett put a backhand off a Wheat King and in to put Swift Current up 3-0.
They added to the lead in the third period with 2 goals in 6 seconds as Moser converted a nice passing play by Adam Lowry and Brycen Martin on the power play. Dalton Reum then sprung Black for a breakaway goal right off the face-off.
Martin was named the game’s third star with 2 assists. The 16-year-old defenceman has 8 points in his last 11 games.
“Martin’s been steadily developing,” Evjen said. “His defensive game has gotten better positionally. I think he’s starting to get a little more comfortable in the league and how structured it is. He’s such a good passer… and his ability to see things on the ice really helps him out.”
Landon Bow and Eetu Laurikainen made 17 saves to combine for Swift Current’s first shutout of the season. Bow was knocked out of the game late in the first period after Brandon’s Alessio Bertaggia crashed into him.
“They didn’t have too many scoring chances,” Laurikainen said. “We played a really good game today… I was expecting to have a day off today and sometimes this happens. It’s unfortunate (for) Bow but you’ve just got to put your gear on and do your best.”
It was also a rebound effort for Laurikainen after he allowed 3 goals on 10 shots against Spokane before being pulled.
“This builds up confidence again,” Laurikainen noted. “Yesterday I wasn’t so good, that was a bad effort for me, this one bounces back my confidence.”
Despite the injury, Bow still joined the Broncos on the bus Sunday morning for their BC road swing and expects to be able to play. Laurikainen will leave the Broncos after Saturday’s game in Victoria to tryout for Finland’s World Junior Championship team.
Forward Brent Benson also joined the Broncos on the trip despite having missed the last few weeks with an upper-body injury.
Swift Current takes a 12-13-3-2 record into their annual west coast road swing. They’re tied with Moose Jaw for second place in the East Division. The road trip starts on Tuesday in Kamloops.
“They’re going to be real tough games,” Moser said. “I think just sticking to our system, sticking to the way we’ve been playing… we can’t get away from it. We know getting pucks to the net and driving the net that’s our game.”
East Division teams are 9-6-1-3 against the BC Division so far this season.
You can hear all the games on the BC road swing on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey.
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