Post-Game: Broncos 3 Giants 1

Eetu Laurikainen makes the save of the year so far

Eetu Laurikainen makes the save of the year so far

Highlights of The New Pioneer Co-op Broncos Hockey (Download)

Post-Game with Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward (Download)

Pre-Game with Broncos D Dalton Reum (Download)

Pre-Game with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb (Download)

Pre-Game with Giants Coach Don Hay (Download)

Pre-Game with Vancouver Province Reporter Steve Ewen (Download)

Intermission with Art of Scouting Author Shane Malloy (Download)

The Q with Giants Coach Don Hay (Download)

  • B&A Petroleum Game Shifter: Laurikainen’s late 2nd period save
  • Low Cost Towing Unsung Hero: Dillon Heatherington
  • Standard Motors Crunch of the Game: Brycen Martin
  • Herbert Auto Tough Guy of the Game: Levi Bews

If you haven’t checked it out yet you really should click on the video highlights above to see Laurikainen’s save. Unbelievable stop and at such a key time. A goal there would have cut Swift Current’s lead to 3-2 heading into the third period in the same way that Kelowna got a late goal and took the momentum from that. Instead the Broncos held a 2 goal lead and were able to shut things down in a very simple third period.

It wasn’t a pretty game but it was a gutsy effort from a team missing several key players and with several key guys playing hurt. A guy like Bews took the skate before deciding if he could play and went out there with a huge first period to lift his current team against his old team. You know that had to feel good for him. How about Adam Lowry scoring on a shorthanded penalty shot for the second straight game? How often does that happen. The Moser goal was a really pretty give and go play with Black as well.

It was a well drawn up road game and the kind of win this club needed right in the middle of what had been a very frustrating trip so far. Now they’ve got some points in their pocket as they prepare to take on the Royals in Victoria tonight. It’s Swift Current’s first visit to Victoria since the city rejoined the WHL. It’s also the first time Royals Coach Dave Lowry and Broncos Captain Adam Lowry will go head-to-head in the WHL. I’m sure the rest of the family is hoping for overtime.

On another note, it was good to see Brad Hoban, Dillon Wagner and Erik Fleming after the game if only briefly because I was headed out. The former Broncos are all attending UBC and were down visiting with one-time teammates. You can click here to check out how Hoban and Wagner are doing on their new team.

Here is the recap from Swift Current Online:

After two heartbreaking losses, the Swift Current Broncos finally earned a win on their BC road swing with a 3-1 victory in Vancouver Friday night.

Levi Bews made quite the return to his former rink, coming off an injury, Bews recorded a goal and an assist.

“I know he’s been talking about this for a while, and he’s been excited to come back here and prove he belongs in the league and at a high level, and we’re obviously glad we have him,” said Broncos Assistant Coach Jamie Heward, “it was a good game for him to come back and play with an injury and get some results.”

The Broncos acquired Bews from Vancouver last season.

Eetu Laurikainen earned first star of the game with some incredible saves, including one of the best of the year late in the second period on Cain Franson. Laurikainen dove across the goal and stuck out his stick to rob Franson of what should have been a sure goal.

“This guy is something else, and we’re trying to find a way not to let him on the flight to Finland.” Heward joked, impressed with Laurikainen’s performance.

Despite the win and some amazing saves, Heward said it was actually an ugly victory, but sometimes you need those.

“To battle through stuff like that and have the guys battle through to the end, yeah we made some mistakes and correctable things,” Heward added. “But the best part about it is we made those mistakes and we never gave up, and we never relinquished anything to the other team.”

Ryan Moser and Adam Lowry had the other two goals of the night for the Broncos. Lowry scored on a shorthanded penalty shot for the second consecutive game.

They continue their BC road swing with a game against Victoria Saturday night. It’s Laurikainen’s final game with the team before he leaves to join Team Finland’s camp for the World Junior Championship.

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About shawnmullin

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