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Post-Game with Broncos Assistant Coach Darren Evjen (Download)
Pre-Game with Broncos D Brett Lernout (Download)
Pre-Game with Blazers Associate Coach Dave Hunchak (Download)
Pre-Game with Blazers Broadcaster Jon Keen (Download)
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Here is my recap from Swift Current Online:
A gut wrenching loss for the Swift Current Broncos on Tuesday night.
They carried a 1-0 lead into the final two minutes of the game before Kamloops scored twice in 31 seconds to pull off a 2-1 victory.
The WHL’s second leading scorer, Colin Smith kicked the puck to his backhand and just slid it underneath Eetu Laurikainen to break the shutout and tie that game with 1:44 to play in the third period. Sam Grist then ripped a shot over Laurikainen’s shoulder with 1:13 to play to complete the last-minute comeback.
“It’s just tears the heart right out of you,” said Swift Current Assistant Coach Darren Evjen. “To come in and play the number one team, put everything into it as the guys did, they battled so hard and played so well… to make a couple of mistakes at the end and to have it cost you that much, it’s hard.”
The Blazers outshot Swift Current 32-16 on the strength of 5 power play opportunities.
“Credit our penalty kill for what they had to endure this game and they did such a good job,” Evjen said. “Can you put a finger on what we did wrong? I know the shots but that goes back to the penalty kill.”
The loss was Swift Current’s 12th in 17 one-goal games. It’s something Evjen stressed they have to start learning from.
“Guys just have to take the responsibility up on themselves,” Evjen said. “Not get better as much as make good decisions. The first couple of times you do anything you go in there kind of wide-eyed, now you get into situations time and time again you’ve got to make the right play.”
Eetu Laurikainen earned 2nd star honours in another terrific performance. He robbed Brandon’s top guns repeatedly including a couple of highlight reel saves late in the first period on the penalty kill. Cole Cheveldave only had to make 15 saves for Kamloops, but his shorthanded glove save on Ryon Moser in the third period may have saved the game for his team.
Coda Gordon scored Swift Current’s lone goal by deflecting an Adam Lowry shot early in the second period. It was his 1rst goal in his last 9 games. Swift Current went 1 for 3 on the man advantage.
The loss drops Swift Current to 12-14-3-2 and a tie for 6th in the WHL Eastern Conference. Kamloops moves to 22-7-1-2 in a tie for top spot in the West.
There is no time to rest for the Broncos as they visit the Kelowna Rockets Wednesday night. The coaching staff knows they have to quickly put a very tough loss behind them.
“We take it hard, the players take it extremely hard,” Evjen said. “Tonight’s a tough night bu we’ll have to be prepared and ready to go. We did a lot of good things tonight against a very, very good hockey team. The points are important but we’ve got to look at the rest of the game (and) what we did so well.”
The Broncos were down to 10 forwards as Josh Derko left the game in the first period and Levi Bews left in the second. Both appeared to have lower body or leg injuries. Swift Current will get Daniel Dale back from suspension tomorrow night in Kelowna, but could be down to only 11 forwards if Derko and Bews aren’t available.
The Rockets are on a 9 game home winning streak and have only lost twice on home ice all season. They feature Swift Current natives Colton Heffley and Mackenzie Johnston. Rockets Assistant Coach Dan Lambert is a former Bronco and former Broncos Assistant Coach Lorne Frey is Kelowna’s Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel.
You can hear Wednesday’s game in Kelowna on The Eagle 94.1 FM with The New Pioneer Co-op Home Centre Broncos Hockey at 8:30pm.